Edward VIII

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Date of Birth June 23, 1894
Place of Birth Surrey, England
Date of Death May 28, 1972 (77)
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Edward VIII

Edward VIII, later Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India, from 20 January 1936 until his abdication on 11 December of that year. Edward was born during the reign of his great-grandmother Queen Victoria as the eldest child of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George V and Queen Mary. He was created Prince of Wales on his sixteenth birthday, nine weeks after his father succeeded as king. As a young man, Edward served in the British Army during the First World War and undertook several overseas tours on behalf of his father. While Prince of Wales, he engaged in a series of affairs that worried his father and the British Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin. Edward became king on his father's death. As king, he showed impatience with court protocol, and caused concern among politicians by his apparent disregard for established constitutional conventions.

Predecessor: George V
Successor: George VI
Predecessor: Charles Dundas
Successor: William Lindsay Murphy
Born: June 23, 1894, White Lodge, Richmond, Surrey, England
Died: May 28, 1972, 4 Route du Champ d'Entraînement, Paris, France
Burial: 5 June 1972, Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore, Windsor, Berkshire
House: Windsor (from 1917), Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (until 1917)
Father: George V
Mother: Mary of Teck

About Edward VIII

The King of the United Kingdom for eleven months in 1936 who abdicated his throne so that he could wed an American divorcee. He was succeeded by his younger brother Albert, better known as King George VI, and he is one of the shortest-reigning monarchs in British and Commonwealth history.

Before Fame

He served in the British Armed Forces during World War I and went on a variety of foreign tours for his father.

Achievement

During the Second World War, he was at first stationed with the British Military Mission to France but, after private accusations that he held Nazi sympathies, he was assigned to the Bahamas as the islands' Governor.

Family Life

He abdicated from the throne in order to marry American divorcee and socialite, Wallis Simpson.

Associations

He was portrayed by actor Guy Pearce in the Academy Award winning film The King's Speech.

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