King Edward VIII, 1924: Edward was still known as the Prince of Wales at age 30, still a dozen years from inheriting the throne from his father. He had earned his country’s respect with his service in the First World War, earning the Military Cross with his treks to the front lines to visit troops. He was also stubbornly single, settling for a variety of affairs instead of a wife.

King Edward VIII, 1924: Edward was still known as the Prince of Wales at age 30, still a dozen years from inheriting the throne from his father. He had earned his country’s respect with his service in the First World War, earning the Military Cross with his treks to the front lines to visit troops. He was also stubbornly single, settling for a variety of affairs instead of a wife.

Edward VIII abdicates. His brother (subject of the movie and book "the king's speech", looks shocked

Edward VIII abdicates. His brother (subject of the movie and book "the king's speech", looks shocked

Edward VIII (1894-1972) - Accession to the thone on January 20th, 1936 following the death of his father King George V. Reign 1/20/1936-12/11/1936

Edward VIII (1894-1972) - Accession to the thone on January 20th, 1936 following the death of his father King George V. Reign 1/20/1936-12/11/1936

"In the single year 1936 she became the most-talked-about, written-about, headlined and interest-compelling person in the world. In these respects no woman in history has ever equaled Mrs. Simpson, for no press or radio existed to spread the world news they made."

"In the single year 1936 she became the most-talked-about, written-about, headlined and interest-compelling person in the world. In these respects no woman in history has ever equaled Mrs. Simpson, for no press or radio existed to spread the world news they made."

Prince Edward VIII “David” (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David) (1894-1972) Duke of Windsor, UK by Dorothy Wilding, November 1943.

Prince Edward VIII “David” (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David) (1894-1972) Duke of Windsor, UK by Dorothy Wilding, November 1943.

The young Prince Edward, known in his family as David (later King Edward VIII/Duke of Windsor) in robes and coronet at his investiture as Prince of Wales in 1911. He was said to have hated the entire ordeal and to have been very embarrassed by it.

The young Prince Edward, known in his family as David (later King Edward VIII/Duke of Windsor) in robes and coronet at his investiture as Prince of Wales in 1911. He was said to have hated the entire ordeal and to have been very embarrassed by it.

HRH The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor)what a wasted life

HRH The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor)what a wasted life

King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom from January 20 - December 11 1936.  He abdicated the throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.  His family called him David.

King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom from January 20 - December 11 1936. He abdicated the throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. His family called him David.

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