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Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

(1894-1972), Reigned 1936

Sitter in 416 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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King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra with the children of King George V, by Frederick William Ralph, published by  London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x29773

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra with the children of King George V

by Frederick William Ralph, published by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen cabinet card, 1901
NPG x29773

'The steps of the throne', by Robert Milne - NPG x26025

'The steps of the throne'

by Robert Milne
vintage print, published March 1901
NPG x26025

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra with the children of King George V, by Frederick William Ralph, published by  London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x197447

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra with the children of King George V

by Frederick William Ralph, published by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen cabinet card, 1901
NPG x197447

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG Ax26445

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, November 1902
NPG Ax26445

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG Ax29320

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, November 1902
NPG Ax29320

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG Ax29321

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, November 1902
NPG Ax29321

Royal Family group, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG Ax29373

Royal Family group

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 9 November 1902
NPG Ax29373

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG Ax29382

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 9 November 1902
NPG Ax29382

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG x47140

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 9 November 1902
NPG x47140

'From the cares of Empire to the joys of home - Edward VII and his grandchildren, Balmoral Castle', by James Edward Ellam, published by  Underwood & Underwood - NPG x197232

'From the cares of Empire to the joys of home - Edward VII and his grandchildren, Balmoral Castle'

by James Edward Ellam, published by Underwood & Underwood
albumen stereoscopic card, Autumn 1902
NPG x197232

'T.R.H. Princes Edward, Henry and Albert of Wales', by W. & D. Downey, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x138942

'T.R.H. Princes Edward, Henry and Albert of Wales'

by W. & D. Downey, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, mid 1900s
NPG x138942

King George V; Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII); King George VI; King Edward VII, by Queen Alexandra, published by  A.V.N. Jones & Co - NPG x197336

King George V; Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII); King George VI; King Edward VII

by Queen Alexandra, published by A.V.N. Jones & Co
halftone postcard print, August 1905, published circa 1908
NPG x197336

King George V with his family, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x197453

King George V with his family

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 1906
NPG x197453

'King Edward, Queen Alexandra & Royal Family at Home', published by J. Beagles & Co - NPG x193015

'King Edward, Queen Alexandra & Royal Family at Home'

published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1906
NPG x193015

'The Royal Gathering at Osborne', by Arthur William Debenham, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x33257

'The Royal Gathering at Osborne'

by Arthur William Debenham, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 4 August 1909
NPG x33257

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