The love story between American divorcee Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, that ended in his abdication for the woman he loved.



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The love story between American divorcee Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, that ended in his abdication for the woman he loved.

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3 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En konge uden krone  »

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Did You Know?


Towards the end Edward recites the poem "If I were king..." from Justin Huntly McCarthy's 1901 novel and play of that name filmed in 1938. Although these recount the life of medieval French poet Francois Villon, the poem is McCarthy's creation. See more »


In one funeral flashback set in 1972, the coffin is carried in with the Duke of Windsor's flag, but the trumpeters have the "GR" cipher of George V, last used in 1936. See more »


Wallis Simpson: I wonder what my old débutante friends in Baltimore would say if they knew I, Bessie Wallis Warfield was ten feet away from the future King of England?
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Bart the Murderer (1991) See more »


Blue Moon
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Playing on gramophone in Wallis' flat
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Very fine, but too short and incomplete
20 March 2013 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

The story about Edward and Wallis continues to fascinate - especially as it really happened. I have heard the version, that Edward in reality was too weak for the role of king, and needed an excuse to abdicate. And that Wallis got to be this excuse - which made his abdication into a romantic sacrifice instead of a failure. I suppose we will never know the true cause - and maybe it was a little bit of both. People are complicated!

I liked this rendering of the story. It gave a fine and believable picture of the time period. Jane Seymore was just perfect as Wallis, and Anthony Andrews, with his upper-class accent and manners as always, was just as perfect as Edward! He looked very sad, weary, stiff and quite haggard all the time though - but maybe this was deliberate..? I think, however, that more could have been made of this movie, with its very good cast and interesting subject matter. First of all it ought to have been longer - at least as long as an ordinary feature film. And then I would have wanted to see more of the couple's love and courtship and happy times...

But all in all it was a nice movie, well worth watching!

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