KING EDWARD VIII - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 04/1951 - HFSID 167778
Sale Price $552.50
Small 5x7 paper signed "with best wishes" by Edward VIII in 1951
Autograph note signed: "To/Leonard Lyons/with best wishes/from/Edward/April 1951". Pencil notations on verso in unknown hand. 1 page, 5x7. In 1930, 36-year-old Edward (1894-1972, born in Richmond, Surrey, England), then the Prince of Wales and already known for having a number of affairs, met and fell in love with a married American woman, Wallis Simpson (1896-1986, born Bessie Wallis Warfield in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania). After he succeeded his father, King George V, on January 20, 1936, concern about his private life grew in the Cabinet, especially over his association with Mrs. Simpson. Her status as a then two-time American divorcée was unacceptable to many as a potential Queen. On December 10, 1936, King Edward VIII executed the Instrument of Abdication. He was never crowned; his reign lasted 325 days. Following his abdication, Edward (his title reverting for a few hours to "His Royal Highness The Prince Edward" before his brother created him "Duke of Windsor" the following morning) broadcast a message to the people from Windsor Castle. His broadcast was moderate in tone, telling his people, in part: "But you must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love." In 1937, Edward married Wallis Simpson. Edward and Wallis, now the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, settled in France and were married for 35 years. Lightly creased. Signature is lightly spotted in places but legible. Paper loss and adhesive residue on verso, which touches signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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