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Chose love over throne, the Duke of Windsor, Edward VIII and his love,  Wallis Simpson.  Nowadays that wouldn't have been necessary. Prince Charles married a divorced Camilla Parker Bowles, née Shand, and is still an heir to the throne.

King Edward VIII “David” (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David) Prince of Wales UK wife Wallis Simpson (Bessie Wallis Warfield-Spencer-Simpson) USA, Duke Duchess of Windsor.

A signed photo of Edward and Albert

Touching collection of royal thank you letters from George V's children to go under the hammer

The unique items include a signed photograph of Edward - who was to later to abdicate - and his younger brother Albert

Edward VIII (1936 AD)

His people adored Edward VIII - until the day he fell in love with that 'jolly plain' adventuress

His people adored Edward VIII - until the day he fell in love with that 'jolly…

Prince William of Gloucester (18 December 1941--28 August 1972), eldest son of Prince Henry and Princess Alice of Gloucester.  William had a somewhat rocky life, suffering from porphyria and having a forbidden romance like his uncle, Edward VIII. Tragically, William died young in a plane crash.  He enjoyed a close relationship with his younger cousin, Prince Charles, who named his eldest son after him.

Queen Elizabeth II Photo: William of Gloucester ,the son of the Queen's uncle the Duke of Gloucester

kingedwardviii:  King Edward VIII

historysquee: “ Edward VIII, in First World War uniform By Hilton DeWitt Girdwood Halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 28 June 1916 ”

On 11 Dec 1936 Edward reverted from King to Prince & made a broadcast to the nation explaining his decision to abdicate. He said, "I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility & to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help & support of the woman I love." After the broadcast Edward left for Austria, he was unable to join Wallis Simpson until her divorce became final. His brother, Prince Albert, Duke of York succeeded to the throne as George…

His people adored Edward VIII - until the day he fell in love with that 'jolly plain' adventuress

On 11 Dec 1936 Edward reverted from King to Prince & made a broadcast to the nation explaining his decision to abdicate. He said, "I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility & to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help & support of the woman I love." After the broadcast Edward left for Austria, he was unable to join Wallis Simpson until her divorce became final. His brother, Prince Albert, Duke of York succeeded to the throne as George…

Demonstrators protest against the abdication of King Edward VIII, whose proposed marriage to US socialite and divorcee Wallis Simpson was resisted by Parliament

MI5 tapped phones of King Edward VIII and his brother amid abdication crisis, a new book claims

tapped phones of King Edward VIII and his brother amid abdication crisis, a new book claims

HM King at Edward VIII (later Duke of Windsor) at the Birthday Parade, July, 1936

HRH King Edward VIII (later Duke of Windsor) at his Birthday Parade, July, sort of thing that he described as "prince-ing" and hated doing.

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