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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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Edward, Duke of Windsor, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(14)

Edward, Duke of Windsor

by Dorothy Wilding
cream-toned bromide print, 7 February 1955
NPG P870(14)

King Edward VII and his family, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x129603

King Edward VII and his family

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card, circa 1895
NPG x129603

Four Generations' (King George V; Queen Victoria; King Edward VII; Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)), by Adrian Eugene Lundstrom, for  Chancellor & Son, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x135121

Four Generations' (King George V; Queen Victoria; King Edward VII; Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII))

by Adrian Eugene Lundstrom, for Chancellor & Son, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1901-1910 (1899)
NPG x135121

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