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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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King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra with the children of King George V, by Frederick William Ralph, published by  London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x29773

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra with the children of King George V

by Frederick William Ralph, published by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen cabinet card, 1901
NPG x29773

'The steps of the throne', by Robert Milne - NPG x26025

'The steps of the throne'

by Robert Milne
vintage print, published March 1901
NPG x26025

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra with the children of King George V, by Frederick William Ralph, published by  London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x197447

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra with the children of King George V

by Frederick William Ralph, published by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen cabinet card, 1901
NPG x197447

Royal Family group, by Lafayette - NPG Ax29373

Royal Family group

by Lafayette
bromide print, 9 November 1902
NPG Ax29373

'From the cares of Empire to the joys of home - Edward VII and his grandchildren, Balmoral Castle', by James Edward Ellam, published by  Underwood & Underwood - NPG x197232

'From the cares of Empire to the joys of home - Edward VII and his grandchildren, Balmoral Castle'

by James Edward Ellam, published by Underwood & Underwood
albumen stereoscopic card, Autumn 1902
NPG x197232

'H.R.H. Prince of Wales & Children', by Lafayette, published by  Birn Brothers - NPG x196934

'H.R.H. Prince of Wales & Children'

by Lafayette, published by Birn Brothers
bromide postcard print, circa 1902 (9 November 1902)
NPG x196934

'H.R.H. Prince of Wales & Children', by Lafayette, published by  The Philco Publishing Co - NPG x196935

'H.R.H. Prince of Wales & Children'

by Lafayette, published by The Philco Publishing Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1902 (9 November 1902)
NPG x196935

'T.R.H. Albert, Mary, Edward & Henry of Wales', published by J. Beagles & Co, after  Lafayette - NPG x196936

'T.R.H. Albert, Mary, Edward & Henry of Wales'

published by J. Beagles & Co, after Lafayette
bromide postcard print, circa 1902 (9 November 1902)
NPG x196936

'T.R.H. Princes Edward, Henry and Albert of Wales', by W. & D. Downey, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x138942

'T.R.H. Princes Edward, Henry and Albert of Wales'

by W. & D. Downey, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, mid 1900s
NPG x138942

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