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

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Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Leonard Jennings
plaster cast of statuette, 1930s
32 3/4 in. (832 mm) high
acquired, 1954
Primary Collection
NPG 6138a

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The son of George V and Queen Mary, Edward VIII reigned from January to December 1936. He was commissioned in the Guards during the First War, but as heir to the throne was prevented from seeing active service. 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. He is portrayed in this bronze statuette in the uniform of the Welsh guards.

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  • NPG 6138: Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII) (metal cast)

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