Wallis, Duchess of Windsor: 1896-1986

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor: 1896-1986

Whatever they thought of the American divorcée he was to marry or of his abdication as King of England after just ten months on the throne, Britons and millions of others around the world were deeply moved when King Edward VIII spoke on the radio in December 1936. The King's voice swelled with emotion as he made his declaration: "You must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I...

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