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Edward VIII was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India, from 20 January until his abdication on 11 December the same year, after which he became the Duke of Windsor. Edward was the eldest son of King George V and Queen Mary. He was succeeded by his younger brother, George VI. The relationship between Edward VIII and his mother, Mary of Teck, and was succeeded by her son, Edward VII, George and Mary set. George VI's infatuation with the beautiful Evelyn Laye - an aspect of his life that Boo, London-born and the only child of a theatrical marriage - her real by the Duke and Duchess of York when Bertie's elder brother, King Edward VIII, to his studio to test out potential looks before hiring him for Met Gala.
His subsequent crying and wailing would lead the Duke and Duchess to send him and the nanny away. Edward's father, though a harsh disciplinarian,  was demonstrably affectionate,  and his mother displayed a frolicsome side with her children that belied her austere public image.
She was amused by the children making tadpoles on toast for their French master and encouraged them to confide in her. When his parents travelled the British Empire for almost nine months following the death of Queen Victoria inyoung Edward and his siblings stayed in Britain with their grandparents, Queen Alexandra and King Edward VII, who showered their grandchildren with affection.
Upon his parents' return, Edward was placed under the care of two men, Frederick Finch and Henry Hansell, who virtually brought up Edward and his brothers and sister for their remaining nursery years. Private tutors taught him German and French. Hansell had wanted Edward to enter school earlier, but the prince's father had disagreed.
A course of two years, followed by entry into the Royal Navywas planned. A bout of mumps may have made him infertile. He was withdrawn from his naval course before his formal graduation, served as midshipman for three months aboard the battleship Hindustanthen immediately entered Magdalen College, Oxfordfor which, in the opinion of his biographers, he was underprepared intellectually.
A keen horseman, he learned how to play polo with the university club. His role in the war, although limited, made him popular among veterans of the conflict. This poor boy had become more of an animal than anything else.
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No one can realize more than you how little poor Johnnie meant to me who hardly knew him I feel so much for you, darling Mama, who was his mother. His rank, travels, good looks, and unmarried status gained him much public attention, and at the height of his popularity, he was the most photographed celebrity of his time. The Prince wished the Exhibition to include "a great national sports ground", and so played a part in the creation of Wembley Stadium.
Edward's womanising and reckless behaviour during the s and s worried Prime Minister Stanley BaldwinKing George V, and those close to the prince. Alan Lascellesthe prince's private secretary for eight years during this period, believed that "for some hereditary or physiological reason his normal mental development stopped dead when he reached adolescence".
George V favoured Albert and his granddaughter Elizabeth and told a courtier, "I pray to God that my eldest son will never marry and have children, and that nothing will come between Bertie and Lilibet and the throne. The magazine asked if "she did not sometimes wonder how much truth there is in the story that he once said he would renounce his rights upon the death of George V — which would make her nickname come true".
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Simpson had divorced her first husband, U. Her second husband, Ernest Simpsonwas a British-American businessman. Wallis Simpson and the Prince of Wales, it is generally accepted, became lovers, while Lady Furness travelled abroad, although the prince adamantly insisted to his father that he was not having an affair with her and that it was not appropriate to describe her as his mistress.
An undated report detailed a visit by the couple to an antique shop, where the proprietor later noted "that the lady seemed to have POW [Prince of Wales] completely under her thumb. The next day, accompanied by Simpson, he broke with custom by watching the proclamation of his own accession from a window of St James's Palace. His comment during a tour of depressed villages in South Wales that "something must be done"  for the unemployed coal miners was seen as an attempt to guide government policy, though it has never been clear what sort of remedy he had in mind.
Government ministers were reluctant to send confidential documents and state papers to Fort Belvedere, because it was clear that Edward was paying little attention to them, and it was feared that Simpson and other house guests might read them, improperly or inadvertently revealing government secrets. He broke with the tradition that the profile portrait of each successive monarch faced in the direction opposite to that of his or her predecessor. Edward insisted that he face left as his father had done to show the parting in his hair.
Police spotted the gun and pounced on him; he was quickly arrested. At Bannigan's trial, he alleged that "a foreign power" had approached him to kill Edward, that he had informed MI5 of the plan, and that he was merely seeing the plan through to help MI5 catch the real culprits. The court rejected the claims and sent him to jail for a year for "intent to alarm". By October it was becoming clear that the new king planned to marry Simpson, especially when divorce proceedings between the Simpsons were brought at Ipswich Assizes.
Baldwin informed him that his subjects would deem the marriage morally unacceptable, largely because remarriage after divorce was opposed by the Church of Englandand the people would not tolerate Simpson as queen. Edward proposed an alternative solution of a morganatic marriagein which he would remain king but Simpson would not become queen. She would enjoy some lesser title instead, and any children they might have would not inherit the throne. This too was rejected by the British Cabinet  as well as other Dominion governments,  whose views were sought pursuant to the Statute of Westminsterwhich provided in part that "any alteration in the law touching the Succession to the Throne or the Royal Style and Titles shall hereafter require the assent as well of the Parliaments of all the Dominions as of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
Baldwin then presented Edward with three choices: As required by the Statute of Westminster, all the Dominions consented to the abdication.
He famously said, "I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.
George VI's elder daughter, Princess Elizabethbecame heir presumptive.
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During the interim, Edward was universally known as the Duke of Windsor. George VI's decision to create Edward a royal duke ensured that he could neither stand for election to the House of Commons nor speak on political subjects in the House of Lords.
Some British ministers advised that the reconfirmation was unnecessary since Edward had retained the style automatically, and further that Simpson would automatically obtain the rank of wife of a prince with the style Her Royal Highness; others maintained that he had lost all royal rank and should no longer carry any royal title or style as an abdicated king, and be referred to simply as "Mr Edward Windsor".
We incline to the view that on his abdication the Duke of Windsor could not have claimed the right to be described as a Royal Highness. In other words, no reasonable objection could have been taken if the King had decided that his exclusion from the lineal succession excluded him from the right to this title as conferred by the existing Letters Patent.
The question however has to be considered on the basis of the fact that, for reasons which are readily understandable, he with the express approval of His Majesty enjoys this title and has been referred to as a Royal Highness on a formal occasion and in formal documents. In the light of precedent it seems clear that the wife of a Royal Highness enjoys the same title unless some appropriate express step can be and is taken to deprive her of it.
We came to the conclusion that the wife could not claim this right on any legal basis. Simpson, Edward made the decision to abdicate the throne. This had to be an enormous sacrifice for him.
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He had been groomed since birth and grown up every day of his life with the knowledge that he would someday be King. Giving up the throne was not just walking away from a job or a title, it was an identity and a presumed destiny. Still, if being King meant he could not marry the woman he had fallen in love with, then he was willing to change that identity and that destiny.
Following is the speech he made that was broadcast via public radio, after his abdication on December 11, I have never wanted to withhold anything, but until now it has not been constitutionally possible for me to speak. A few hours ago I discharged my last duty as King and Emperor, and now that I have been succeeded by my brother, The Duke of York, my first words must be to declare my allegiance to him. This I do with all my heart. You all know the reasons which have impelled me to renounce the Throne.
But I want you to understand that in making up my mind I did not forget the country or the Empire which as Prince of Wales, and lately as King, I have for twenty-five years tried to serve. But you must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.
And I want you to know that the decision I have made has been mine and mine alone. This was a thing I had to judge entirely for myself. The other person most nearly concerned has tried up to the last to persuade me to take a different course. I have made this, the most serious decision of my life, only upon the single thought of what would in the end be best for all. And he has one matchless blessing, enjoyed by so many of you and not bestowed on me — a happy home with his wife and children.
During these hard days I have been comforted by Her Majesty my mother and by my family.
There has never been any constitutional difference between me and them and between me and Parliament. Bred in the constitutional tradition by my father, I should never have allowed any such issue to arise. Ever since I was Prince of Wales, and later on when I occupied the Throne, I have been treated with the greatest kindness by all classes of the people, wherever I have lived or journeyed throughout the Empire.
For that I am very grateful.