December 11th 1936: Edward VIII abdicates

On this day in 1936, Edward VIII’s abdication of the throne of Great Britain became effective. The King abdicated due to his intention to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice divorced American socialite. The Church of England did not allow divorced people to remarry and thus Edward could not marry Simpson and keep the throne. He abdicated the throne after only 326 days, making him the only British monarch to have voluntarily renounced the throne since the Anglo-Saxon period. Edward VIII was never officially crowned King. Edward was succeeded by his younger brother Albert, who became King George VI. George VI’s daughter Elizabeth currently rules as Queen Elizabeth II.

12/11/13 at 2:46pm
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    Cool things I learned from the King’s Speech! It’s interesting to hear more facts about it
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    Here is King Edward VII’s abdication speech.
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    IMAGINE HOW DIFFERENT THINGS WOULD BE. If Edward never abdicated, Queen Elizabeth would not be queen. WE MIGHT NOT HAVE...
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