Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (Edward VIII)

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Edward VIII Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David Windsor, Duke of Windsor

Also Known As: "David", "Edward VIII"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: White Lodge, Richmond Park, Surrey, England
Death: Died in Paris, Île-de-France, France
Cause of death: throat cancer
Place of Burial: Royal Burial Grounds at Frogmore, Windsor, Berkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of George V of the United Kingdom and Mary of Teck, Queen consort of the United Kingdom
Husband of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor
Partner of Thelma, Viscountess Furness
Brother of George VI of the United Kingdom; Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood; Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester; Prince George, Duke of Kent and Prince John of the United Kingdom

Occupation: Duke of Windsor
Managed by: Ofir Friedman
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About Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (Edward VIII)

Royal house

House of Wettin

Titles and styles

Royal styles of King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom

Reference style: His Majesty

Spoken style: Your Majesty

Alternative style: Sir

  • 23 June 1894 – 28 May 1898: His Highness Prince Edward of York
  • 28 May 1898 – 22 January 1901: His Royal Highness Prince Edward of York
  • 22 January 1901 – 9 November 1901: His Royal Highness Prince Edward of Cornwall and York
  • 9 November 1901 – 6 May 1910: His Royal Highness Prince Edward of Wales
  • 6 May 1910 – 23 June 1910: His Royal Highness The Duke of Cornwall
  • 23 June 1910 – 20 January 1936: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
  • in Scotland: 1910–1936: His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Duke of Rothesay
  • 20 January 1936 – 11 December 1936: His Majesty The King

and, occasionally, outside of the United Kingdom, and with regard to India: His Imperial Majesty The King-Emperor

  • 11 December 1936 – 8 March 1937: His Royal Highness The Prince Edward
  • 8 March 1937 – 28 May 1972: His Royal Highness The Duke of Windsor
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"Edward VIII (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David; later The Duke of Windsor; 23 June 1894 – 28 May 1972) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth, and Emperor of India, from 20 January to 11 December 1936. Edward was the eldest son of King George V and Queen Mary. He was created Prince of Wales on his sixteenth birthday. As a young man, he served in the British Armed Forces during the First World War and undertook several foreign tours on behalf of his father. Edward became king when his father died in early 1936. He showed impatience with court protocol, and politicians were concerned by his apparent disregard for established constitutional conventions. Only months into his reign, he caused a constitutional crisis by proposing marriage to the American socialite Wallis Simpson, who had divorced her first husband and was seeking a divorce from her second. The prime ministers of the United Kingdom and the Dominions opposed the marriage, arguing that the people would never accept a divorced woman with two living ex-husbands as queen. Additionally, such a marriage would have conflicted with Edward's status as the titular head of the Church of England, which opposed the remarriage of divorced people if their former spouses were still alive. Edward knew that the government led by British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin would resign if the marriage went ahead, which could have forced a general election and would ruin his status as a politically neutral constitutional monarch. Choosing not to end his relationship with Simpson, Edward abdicated. He was succeeded by his younger brother Albert, who chose the regnal name George VI. With a reign of 326 days, Edward was one of the shortest-reigning monarchs in British and Commonwealth history. He was never crowned. After his abdication, he was given the title Duke of Windsor. He married Simpson in France on 3 June 1937, after her second divorce became final. Later that year, the couple toured Germany. During the Second World War, he was at first stationed with the British Military Mission to France but, after private accusations that he held Nazi sympathies, he was assigned to the Bahamas as the islands' Governor. After the war, he was never given another official appointment and spent the remainder of his life in retirement in France."

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http://www.britroyals.com/kings.asp?id=edward8

http://www.englishmonarchs.co.uk/windsor_2.htm

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=1987

http://www.geneall.net/U/per_page.php?id=6517

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0241164/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0241164/bio

http://www.nndb.com/people/874/000068670/

http://thepeerage.com/p10068.htm

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Citations:

[S3] Marlene A. Eilers, Queen Victoria's Descendants (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987), pages 171, 178. Hereinafter cited as Queen Victoria's Descendants.

[S9] Charles Kidd and David Williamson, editor, DeBretts Peerage and Baronetage (London, U.K.: DeBrett's Peerage, 1999), volume 1, page cv. Hereinafter cited as DeBretts Peerage, 1999.

[S18] Matthew H.C.G., editor, Dictionary of National Biography on CD-ROM (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1995), reference "Edward VIII, 1894-1972". Hereinafter cited as Dictionary of National Biography.

[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page cxxxix. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

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Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (Edward VIII)'s Timeline

1894
June 23, 1894
White Lodge, Richmond Park, Surrey, England
July 16, 1894
Green Drawing Room, White Lodge, Richmond Park, Surrey, England
1972
May 28, 1972
Age 77
Paris, Île-de-France, France
June 5, 1972
Age 77
Royal Burial Grounds at Frogmore, Windsor, Berkshire, England
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White Lodge, Richmond, Surrey, England