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King Edward VIII

Person   Born 1894 Died 1972

Categories: Royalty, Seriously Famous

Reigned January - 10 December 1936 when he abdicated in favour of marriage to Mrs Simpson, to the sound of Londoners singing "Hark the herald angels sing, Mrs Simpson's pinched our king". Also successfully introduced plus-fours to America. After the abdication he was given the title of Duke of Windsor.  The Guardian published a much more unusual picture of Edward, as the Prince of Wales in 1920, surfing in Hawaii. Known to friends and family by one of his 7 given names, David.

More seriously, he was aged 42 when he succeeded as King and had already, as Prince of Wales, spent many years representing his father on gruelling tours of the Empire, and unveiling what he described as a never-ending stream of foundation stones. The choice he had was: more of that or the woman he loved?

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Duchy of Cornwall almshouses

This building was erected in 1914 by HRH Edward Prince of Wales to provide ac...

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Foundation stone for Royal Commonwealth Society

Edward Prince of Wales laid this stone in the 26th year of the reign of King ...

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Meard Street

Meard’s Street in Soho, built 1720 – 1732. The residents and businesses of t...

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E G Anderson Hospital and the Prince of Wales

This hospital was formally opened by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, Patron of Un...

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HMS Crystal Palace

This trophy was originally placed on the old quarter-deck (presumably constru...

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Magna Carta pier - north

In these meads on 15th June 1215 King John, at the instance of deputies from ...

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Marshal Ferdinand Foch

The statue is a copy of one at Cassel, France. It was given by France and unv...

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