Profile of the Day: Edward VIII

Posted December 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edward VIII

Edward VIII

On this day in 1936, history was made when Edward VIII became the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne.

He first ascended to the throne after the death of his father, George V. However, his reign had caused unease in government circles. His relationship with Wallice Simpson was controversial from the start. Only months into his reign, the couple announced their engagement, causing a constitutional crisis. The government, the public and the Church of England condemned the King’s decision to marry the twice divorced socialite.

Faced with the either giving up on the idea of marriage or abdicating the throne, Edward chose to abdicate. In a worldwide radio broadcast, Edward proclaimed, “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.”

After his abdication, his brother Prince Albert, Duke of York, succeeded to the throne as George VI.

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