Edited by Gerald Boerner
We explore today one of the rare events of the 20th century and of the British Monarchy. On this day, in 1936, King Edward VIII abdicated his throne so he could marry the women he loved. Such romances take place all the time, but in the royal family such actions are much more difficult. We find in the current investigation we find numerous obstacles to such union, the chief of which was Wallis Simpson’s two divorces.
When all was said and done, Edward VIII was given the option of remaining as King while finding a more “appropriate” queen or abdicating his throne so he could marry Mrs. Simpson. He chose the latter. After the abdication, the couple married and settled in France.
So let’s get started on our exploration of how two people survived the realities of romance… GLB
PS: One of my colleagues, John Coverdale, has passed on an observation on this topic that we did not cover due to space constraints that is important.
He wrote: “…Unfortunately his Nazi sympathies undermine his legacy, sympathies that possibly extended to treacherous complicity in plots to reinstate him to the throne in the event of a Nazi victory over England. In any ace, Edward and his wife were certainly on the wrong side of history.”
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Quotations Related to ABDICATION
“Abdication: The act of abdicating; the renunciation of a high office, dignity, or trust, by its holder; commonly the voluntary renunciation of sovereign power; as, abdication of the throne, government, power, authority.”
“Renouncing: Formal declination to take out letters of administration, or to assume an office, privilege, or right.”
“When you’re bored with yourself, marry and be bored with someone else.”
— King Edward VIII