The duke of York, nicknamed Bertie, was born as royal 'spare heir', younger brother to the prince of Wales, and thus expected to spend a relatively private life with his Scottish wife, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, and their daughters, in the shadow of their reigning father, George V, and next that of his elder brother, who later succeeded to the British throne as Edward VIII. However, Edward decides to put his love for a divorced American, Wallis Simpson, above dynastic duty, and ends up abdicating the throne, which falls to Bertie, who reigns as George VI. He expects to be, as constitutional monarch, little more then a figure head, but again fate has other ideas: Nazi Germany proves such a formidable war challenger to the British Empire that the desperate nation looks to the royal couple as a comforting symbol of its unbroken spirit, a part they play with great success, while hosting chased monarchs and governments from continental Europe. After victory, life returns to normal, but ...
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As the Abdication Crisis is reaching a climax, there's a scene of Bertie being driven to an official meeting. At the gates, as his car passes through, ivy is in full bloom on the walls and trees in the background have green leaves on them. The Crisis reached its peak at the beginning of December 1936. The trees would have been bare at that time. See more
[Edward VIII aka David is playing his own composition on the bagpipes
I always think it's so clever to have the bagpipes as one's show-off, because no-one has the faintest idea whether you are playing them well... or badly.
If You Were the Only Girl (In the World)
Music by Nat Ayer
(as Nat D. Ayer)
Lyrics by Clifford Grey See more