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Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

(1894-1972), Reigned 1936

Sitter in 420 portraits
Eldest son of George V and Queen Mary. Prince Edward was commissioned into the Guards in 1914, but as heir to the throne his request for active service was denied. He spent the war abroad, visiting troops. During the 1920s and 1930s, his concern for unemployment and successful tours throughout the Empire made him a popular figure. He was King Edward VIII from January to December 1936, but abdicated following insoluble constitutional problems raised by his proposed marriage to the American socialite and divorcée, Wallis Simpson. They married in June 1937 and lived abroad, mainly in France. He was Governor of the Bahamas from 1940 to 1945.

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Christening group, by Percy Lewis Pocock, for  W. & D. Downey - NPG P1700(8a)

Christening group

by Percy Lewis Pocock, for W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 16 July 1894
NPG P1700(8a)

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children, by Lafayette - NPG P500

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children

by Lafayette
glossy purple brown-toned bromide print on green mount, 9 November 1902
On display at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA
NPG P500

The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, 1913, by Sir John Lavery - NPG 1745

The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, 1913

by Sir John Lavery
oil on canvas, 1913
On display in Room 30 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1745

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII) as Prince of Wales, by Frank Salisbury - NPG 7006

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII) as Prince of Wales

by Frank Salisbury
oil on board, 1917
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7006

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Reginald Grenville Eves - NPG 4138

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Reginald Grenville Eves
oil over photograph laid on board, circa 1920
NPG 4138

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG P503

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
vintage cream-toned bromide print, 1925
On display at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA
NPG P503

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Leonard Jennings - NPG 6138

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Leonard Jennings
bronze statuette, 1991, based on a work of 1930s
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6138

The four sons of King George, by Bertram Park - NPG P140(3)

The four sons of King George

by Bertram Park
bromide print, 26 June 1931
NPG P140(3)

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