This Weeks Monarch is:
Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David
June 23, 1894
White Lodge, Richmond, Surrey, England
May 28, 1672 at the age of 77
4 Rue du Champ d’Entrainement, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France
5 June 1972
Mary of Teck
Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor
House of Windsor
King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions
Emperor of India
Duke of Windsor
January 20, 1936-December 11, 1936
December 11, 1936
The Coronation Portrait that was never meant to be seen. As Edward never received a coronation this picture was never meant to be released to the public although it was released December 2011.
The Left-facing coin of Edward VIII
Instrument of Abdication signed by Edward and his three brothers.
Edward delivering his abdication speech
The Château de Candé, Monts, Indre-et-Loire, France where Edward and Wallis wed.
Edward & Wallis’ wedding photo
Interesting & Random Facts:
*Edward VIII was called David until he became king in 1936
*He became the Prince of Wales in 1911
*He was also the first Prince of England to have his picture circulated.
*His love of women gave him the title of “The Playboy Prince”
*He broke with the tradition that on coinage each successive monarch faced in the opposite direction to his or her predecessor. Edward opted to have image face the left (as his father had done), to capture his better side which showed the part in his hair.
*In 1930 Edward met Wallis Simpson. Not only was Wallis a divorcée she was remarried and she was American, but that did not stop Edward from pursuing her. Finally Wallis divorced her husband to openly pursue her relationship with Edward.
*After Edward became king he made his wishes known to marry Wallis which caused a rift with his council who rejected the marriage. When Edward purposed a morganatic marriage it was also rejected by his council. Deciding to follow his heart, Edward abdicated the throne to marry the woman he loved.
*After his abdication, he became the Duke of Windsor.