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Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

(1894-1972), Reigned 1936

Sitter in 419 portraits
Eldest son of George V and Queen Mary; reigned January-December 1936. Edward was commissioned in the Guards during the First War in 1914, but his request to fight was refused owing to the potential dangers. Although a non-combatant he spent most of the war abroad, visiting troops. The easy manner he acquired with all kinds of people stood him in good stead for the roving ambassadorial trips, his concern for the unemployed at home and his travels throughout the empire made him popular. His abdication followed insoluble constitutional problems raised by his proposed marriage to the American divorcée, Wallis Simpson. They married in June 1937 and lived abroad, mainly in France.

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The children of King George V, by Arthur James Hope Downey, for  W. & D. Downey - NPG x21160

The children of King George V

by Arthur James Hope Downey, for W. & D. Downey
platinum print, 1910
NPG x21160

The children of King George V, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x134956

The children of King George V

by W. & D. Downey
bromide print, published 1910
NPG x134956

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII); Queen Mary; King George V, by James Charles Dinham, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x135924

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII); Queen Mary; King George V

by James Charles Dinham, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG x135924

The children of King George V, by Arthur James Hope Downey, for  W. & D. Downey - NPG x136041

The children of King George V

by Arthur James Hope Downey, for W. & D. Downey
platinum print, 1910
NPG x136041

The children of King George V, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x136042

The children of King George V

by W. & D. Downey
bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG x136042

'Four Generations', published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd, after  Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), and  William Slade Stuart, and  Unknown photographers - NPG x136653

'Four Generations'

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd, after Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), and William Slade Stuart, and Unknown photographers
bromide postcard print, published 1910s
NPG x136653

Group at the Royal Naval College, by William Umpleby Kirk & Son - NPG x137830

Group at the Royal Naval College

by William Umpleby Kirk & Son
bromide print, 1910
NPG x137830

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Arthur James Hope Downey, for  W. & D. Downey, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x138839

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Arthur James Hope Downey, for W. & D. Downey, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG x138839

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by William Umpleby Kirk & Sons, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x138841

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by William Umpleby Kirk & Sons, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1910
NPG x138841

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x138843

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1910
NPG x138843

'Four Generations', published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd, after  James Charles Dinham, and  Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), and  Langfier Ltd, and  William Slade Stuart, and  Unknown photographer - NPG x138856

'Four Generations'

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd, after James Charles Dinham, and Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), and Langfier Ltd, and William Slade Stuart, and Unknown photographer
bromide postcard print, published 1910s
NPG x138856

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