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The King pens his exceedingly rare signature on this typescript! Typescript signed: "Edward R I", 1p, 8¼x10¾. Headed: "Instrument of Abdication".

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The King pens his exceedingly rare signature on this typescript!
Typescript signed: "Edward R I", 1p, 8¼x10¾. Headed: "Instrument of Abdication". In full:"I, Edward the Eighth, of Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King, Emperor of India, do hereby declare my irrevocable determination to renounce the Throne for Myself and for My descendants, and My desire that effect should be given to this Instrument of Abdication immediately. In token whereof I have hereunto set My hand this tenth day of December, nineteen hundred and thirty six, in the presence of the witnesses whose signatures are subscribed." At the lower left: "Signed at/Fort Belvedere/in the presence/of/Albert/Henry/George". In addition to the King, the original Instrument of Abdication was signed by King Edward's three brothers: Albert (Duke of York, who became King George VI), Henry (Duke of Gloucester) and George (Duke of Kent). It was then given legislative form by a special act of Parliament, His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication Act: "An Act to give effect to His Majesty's declaration of abdication; and for purposes connected therewith" In 1930, 36-year-old Edward, then the Prince of Wales, met and fell in love with a married American woman, Mrs. Wallis Simpson. 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 (1894-1972) and Wallis, (1896-1986), the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, settled in France and were married for 35 years. This is the first signature of Edward VIII signed "Edward R I", his royal signature, after his abdication, that we have ever seen. He would usually sign: "Edward/Duke of Windsor". Toning at edges. Fine condition.

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