In the Name of Love: King Edward VIII Announces His Abdication from the Throne
On December 11, 1936, the world was stunned to hear a radio broadcast by England’s King Edward VIII in which he announced his abdication from the throne. No British monarch before or after him has ever voluntarily given up the crown. The reason for his abdication warmed the hearts of even the most hardened cynics, while still stirring controversy. He gave up the crown for love.
Edward had fallen in love with a woman who was deemed an inappropriate spouse for the king. She was Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American divorcee. Edward decided he would rather give up his birthright than give up the woman he loved. In these colorized photographs, let’s look at the love story of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, a love that shook up the British royal family and eventually placed Queen Elizabeth II on the throne.