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Overview (5)

Born in Richmond Park, England, UK
Died in Paris, France  (throat cancer)
Birth NameEdward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David Wettin
Nickname David
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Prince Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David was born on June 23, 1894. He was the son of the future King George V and Queen Mary. He was in the army and was an uncrowned King for a little under a year after the death of his father in 1936. In the early 30s he met an American divorcee, Wallis Warfield Simpson, who was married to her second husband. She and the Prince fell in love and she got divorced in 1936. The Establishment reacted against the idea of a twice married American divorcée as Queen, and Edward decided to abdicate in favour of his younger brother Albert who became King George VI. He and Wallis married in 1937, and became Duke and Duchess of Windsor, though she was not made a Royal Highness. He met Hitler before the war started and Hitler said that Wallis would have made a good Queen. During the war Edward was named Governor of the Bahamas. After the war he lived mainly in Paris where he died in May of 1972.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: CR edited by garryq

Spouse (1)

Duchess of Windsor (3 June 1937 - 28 May 1972) (his death)

Trivia (27)

Changed his name seven times in his life: was born Prince Edward of York, then Prince Edward of Cornwall and York, then Prince Edward of Wales, then Duke of Cornwall, then Prince of Wales, the King Edward VIII, and finally Duke of Windsor.
Elder brother of King George VI. As the first son of King George V, he had been invested as the Prince of Wales in 1911. He abdicated before his coronation.
The coronation that had been planned for him went on as scheduled, but for his brother HM King George VI.
He was the last monarch to serve his entire reign as Emperor of India.
His close friend Winston Churchill (then a backbencher) suggested setting up a "King's Party" as a group to try to sway public opinion and the establishment in favor of Edward remaining on the throne after marrying Wallis Simpson (the Duchess of Windsor).
He had to give his Royal Assent to the Act of Parliament confirming his abdication. By a quirk in their constitution he remained King of Ireland for an extra day.
For approximately nine hours after his abdication he bore no official title, he was simply "His Royal Highness The Prince Edward." He was not created "His Royal Highness The Duke of Windsor" until the morning after he left England.
He was the only British king and emperor to voluntarily abdicate the throne.
Married Wallis Simpson (the Duchess of Windsor) in France in 1937. He only returned to England a few times - briefly after the end of the World War II in 1945, for the funeral of his brother, King George VI, in 1952, for the funeral of his mother, Queen Mary, in 1953 and for the unveiling of a statue of his mother in 1967.
Brother of Mary the Princess Royal (aka Victoria, 1897-1965), Prince Henry (Duke of Gloucester), Prince George (Duke of Kent), and Prince John (1905-1919).
Along with Lady Jane Grey and Edward V, he is one of only three British or English monarchs never to be crowned.
He was the first monarch since King James II of England in 1689 whose reign did not end with his death.
After Lady Jane Grey and Edward V, he is the third shortest reigning monarch in British history.
First British or English monarch to die outside of Britain since King James II in 1701.
First monarch of England to be a qualified pilot.
He was unable to attend the state funeral of his former friend and ally Sir Winston Churchill in January 1965 because he was recovering from a serious eye operation at King Edward VII hospital in London.
In the final year of his life, he underwent a hernia operation.
He outlived his younger brother King George VI by twenty years. The only other English or British monarch to outlive their successor is James II who died in 1701, almost seven years after the death of his daughter Mary II.
As he visited Germany and met Adolf Hitler in 1937, he was accused to be pro-Nazi and finally moved to the Bahamas as Govenor and Commander-in-Chief during World War II.
Lived at 4 rue du Champ d'Entraînement in Paris, where the City of Paris provided him a house.
Is buried in the Royal Burial Grounds at Frogmore.
The song "Edward VIII" by Lord Caresser was the most popular calypso record in 1937.
Uncle of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, Prince William of Gloucester, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Edward, Duke of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark.
Introduced to Wallis Simpson by his then-mistress Thelma Converse.
Though officially his first name was Edward, he was known to family and close friends as David.

Personal Quotes (1)

[his public statement after abdicating his throne in order to marry Wallis Simpson, who became the Duchess of Windsor] "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."

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