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The love story of king Edward VIII
In 1928 Edward (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David Windsor), the eldest son of King George V and uncle of Elizabeth II, met Mrs. Wallis Simpson. She had divorced her first husband in 1927 and subsequently married Ernest Simpson, an Anglo-American businessman. Mrs. Simpson and the Prince of Wales became lovers.
The King and Queen refused to receive Mrs Simpson at court, and his brother, Prince Albert, advised Edward to look for a more suitable wife. Edward, however, had now fallen in love with Wallis and the couple grew ever closer.
On January 20, 1936 King George V died and Edward ascended to the throne as King Edward VIII.
It was now becoming clear that the new King wished to marry Mrs Simpson, especially when divorce proceedings between Mr and Mrs Simpson were brought at Ipswich Crown Court. Powerful figures in the British government deemed marriage to Mrs Simpson impossible for Edward, even if Wallis obtained her second divorce, because he had become the Supreme Governor of the Church of England which prohibited remarriage after divorce.
On November 16, 1936, Edward met with Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin at Fort Belvedere and expressed his desire to marry Wallis Simpson when she became free to do so. The Prime Minister responded by presenting the King with three choices: he could give up the idea of marriage; marry Wallis against his ministers' wishes; or abdicate. It was clear that Edward was not prepared to give up Wallis. By marrying against the wishes of his ministers, it was likely that the government would resign, prompting a constitutional crisis. The Prime Ministers of the British dominions had also made clear their opposition to the King marrying a divorce; only the Irish Free State did not oppose the idea of marriage. Faced with this opposition, Edward chose to abdicate.
The story continues here.
About the Author: The author - Alexander Popski, is a publisher in World's History website.