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Edward VIII Explained

Edward VIII at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

King (1894-1972) the British king in 1936. He was forced to abdicate (=give up being king) because he wanted to marry Wallis Simpson, an American woman who had been married before. This event is known as 'the Abdication '. After he abdicated, he was given the title "Duke of Windsor", and he and his wife lived abroad for the rest of their lives.//

Edward VIII at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

King of the United Kingdom (1936) who abdicated voluntarily. Son of George V, he served as a staff officer in World War I. After the war he made extensive goodwill tours of the British empire and became very popular with the English people. In 1930 he became friends with Wallis Simpson and her husband and by 1934 had fallen in love with her. In January 1936 he succeeded to the throne on his father's death. Unable to gain acceptance for their proposed marriage, he abdicated in December, becoming the only British sovereign to resign the crown voluntarily. He was created duke of Windsor and in 1937 married Simpson, who became the duchess of Windsor. At W. Churchill's invitation, he served as governor of the Bahamas during World War II, and after 1945 the couple lived in Paris. Not until 1967 were they invited to attend an official public ceremony with other members of the royal family.

Edward VIII at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

Edward VIII
n : King of England and Ireland in 1936; his marriage to Wallis
Warfield Simpson created a constitutional crisis leading
to his abdication (1894-1972) [syn: {Duke of Windsor}]