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KING EDWARD VIII - PAMPHLET SIGNED CIRCA 1943 - HFSID 46589

EDWARD VIII Pamphlet from the Soldiers and Sailors Club of New York signed by British monarch Edward VIII Pamphlet signed "Edward". 2 pages, 4x9, 1 sheet folded. Club Directors Report for Jan. 1 to May 1, 1943 of the Soldiers and Sailors Club of New York, Inc.

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EDWARD VIII
Pamphlet from the Soldiers and Sailors Club of New York signed by British monarch Edward VIII
Pamphlet signed "Edward". 2 pages, 4x9, 1 sheet folded. Club Directors Report for Jan. 1 to May 1, 1943 of the Soldiers and Sailors Club of New York, Inc. 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 toned, soiled and creased. Folded thrice and unfolded. Pinhole where central fold and pamphlet spine meet. Otherwise in fine condition.

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