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Full name : Edward VIII of the United Kingdom
Alias : Edward VIII of the United Kingdom
Gender : Men
Country : England
Birthday : 23-06-1894
Address : White Lodge, London
Animals : The Horse
Zodiac : Cancer
Died : 28-05-1972
Father : George V
Mother : Mary of Teck
Siblings : George VI, Prince George, Duke of Kent, Prince John of the United Kingdom, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood
Wife : Wallis Simpson
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Activists : Emperors & Kings

Edward VIII was the eldest son of King George V and Queen Mary who served as the King of the United Kingdom for less than a year. He was the only British sovereign to abdicate voluntarily in order to marry his beloved, Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee. Soon after his birth, Edward became the heir apparent to the throne. During his father’s reign, Prince Edward travelled extensively across Britain and other parts of the world. He also served in the British armed forces. Following the death of his father, Edward became the King of England. However, his tenure as the King was marked by his disregard for royal protocol and constitutional conventions. Moreover, he caused constitutional crisis by proposing to marry Wallis Simpson, a divorcee. Despite the Church of England repudiating remarriage of divorcees, his ministers refusing support, his family objecting the unison and his subjects unaccepting Simpson as Queen of England, King Edward was adamant on marrying her. With no means to fall back on, he voluntarily resigned from his post to marry Simpson. His abdication made him the shortest-reigning monarch in British history. The couple lived the better part of their latter life in Paris as Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

 

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