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Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

(1894-1972), Reigned 1936

Sitter in 437 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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Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG P136

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
sepia bromide print, 1936
NPG P136

Wallis at the Window, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P263

Wallis at the Window

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 2 June 1937
NPG P263


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