Edward VIII (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David Windsor), 1894–1972, King of Great Britain and Ireland (1936). He was born on the 23rd June 1894 at White Lodge, Richmond Park, Surrey, England, the son of King George V and Mary of Teck (Queen Mary).
King Edward was styled as "By the Grace of God, of Great Britain and Ireland and the British Dominions Beyond the Seas, King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India". Known within his family as David, Edward did not get along with this father, according to some sources he was terrified of him. King of Great Britain in January 1936 he abdicated the throne on December 10th 1936 for his love for Wallis Simpson.
Plans for Edward's coronation, upset by the abdication, were left in place for his brother George VI. in May 1936 while riding back from an army parade in Hyde Park, Edward survived an assassination attempt made by an Irish journalist who was angry at the Home Secretary. The would-be killer, George McMahon, pulled out a gun, which came loose during a struggle with police and fell under the King's horse. The police retrieved the gun and Edward kept on riding. Edward known as the Duke of Windsor after his abdication published his autobiography, "A King's Story" in 1951. The Duke was the subject of a 1965 documentary, "A King's Story".
Edward married Wallis on the 3rd of June 1937 at Chateau de Cande, Monts, France. He was 43 years old, there are no known children from this marriage. The Duke died on 28th may 1972 at the age of 78 from natural causes, he is buried at Windsor, Berkshire, England.
Windsor, Wallis Warfield, duchess of, 1896–1986, American-born wife of Edward, duke of Windsor, who, as Edward VIII, abdicated the British throne in order to marry her. In 1916 she married a naval lieutenant, from whom she was divorced in 1927. The next year she married Ernest Aldrich Simpson, an American businessman residing in London, where she met Edward, who was then prince of Wales. The friendship between Mrs. Simpson and the prince continued after he succeeded to the throne in Jan., 1936. In Oct., 1936, Mrs. Simpson obtained a divorce decree nisi. Rumors of a projected marriage of Edward and Mrs. Simpson preceded the crisis of Dec., 1936, which resulted in Edward's abdication. On Apr. 27, 1937, the Simpson divorce became final, and Mrs. Simpson legally changed her name to Wallis Warfield. On June 3 she married Edward in France, where they made their home. By special letters patent it was provided that the duchess of Windsor should not share her husband's royal rank. Exiled, she and Edward remained in France and became prominent in international social circles. She was not officially invited back to Britain until 1967. She attended Edward's funeral in England in 1972 and was buried next to him at her death.
Originally posted by sky@Dec 24th, 2003 - 12:44 pm Does H.G mean Her Grace?
yes HG does mean Her Grace...because I am sure you know that she was never given/granted the (or allowed to use) the style of HRH.
HG is the style for a Duke/Duchess who are not Royal Princes/ss I believe. I believe there are a few other titles or nobility that also are styled w/ HG.
What are your thoughts on the lives of this couple?
The abdication crisis, their love, their exile, the relationship with Hitler, and the rumor of the birth of their daughter in 1934.
Any comments on the reasoning behind the forceful abdication, was it really because Wallis was a divorcee or was because they felt Edward VIII was incompetent
Please post information and pics.
Especially about Wallis Simpson.
1. Duke & duchess of Windsor
2. Wallis Simpson 1914
3. Wallis Simpson 1938
4. Wallis' mother Alice Montague
"Forgive me for not writing but this man is exhausting"
"I am so anxious for you not to abdicate and I think the fact that you do is going to put me in the wrong light to the entire world because they will say that I could have prevented it"
"I hate this place. I shall hate it to my grave"
"I look a hundred and weigh 110-you won't love me when you see the wreck England has made me"
"I never make a trip to the United States without visiting a supermarket. To me they are more fascinating than any fashion salon.
"I survived by mastering my own emotions. a kind of private arrangement within oneself-an understanding of the heart and mind-that one's life and purposes are essentially good, and that nothing from outside must be allowed to impair that understanding. I learned that one can live alone"
1. June 2, 1937 the week of their wedding
2. First portrait of wedding at the Chateau de Cande in Monts France
3. June 8, 1937 wedding day, the duchess' gown was pale blue to match her eyes & designed by Mainbocher
4. After wedding ceremony At the left is Herman Rogers, who gave the bride away, and at the right is major E.D. Metcalf, who acted as the Duke's best man in both ceremonies. The famous couple is now honeymooning in an Austrian castle.
5. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor gaze from a balcony on their wedding day
6. Duke and Duchess of Windsor aboard SS United States, silver wedding anniversary