Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

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Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Leonard Jennings, 1991 (1930s) - NPG 6138 - Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Leonard Jennings
bronze statuette, 1991 (1930s)
32 3/4 in. (832 mm) high
Purchased, 1991
Primary Collection
NPG 6138

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Son of George V and Queen Mary; reigned January-December 1936. Edward was commissioned in the Guards during the First War, but prevented from serving as a fighting soldier. During the 1920s and 1930s his concern for the unemployed at home and his travels throughout the empire made him a popular figure. His abdication followed insoluble constitutional problems raised by his proposed marriage to the American divorcée, Wallis Simpson.

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  • NPG 6138a: Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII) (original plaster)

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