Prince Edward Biography

Edward VIII was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India, from 20 January 1936 until his abdication on 11 December 1936.

Edward was the eldest son of King George V and Queen Mary. He was created Prince of Wales on his sixteenth birthday, nine weeks after his father succeeded his own father, Edward VII, as king. As a young man, he served in the British Armed Forces during the First World War and undertook several overseas tours on behalf of his father.

Edward became king following his father's death on 20 January 1936. He showed impatience with court protocol and politicians were concerned by his apparent disregard for established constitutional conventions. Only months into his reign, he caused a constitutional crisis by proposing marriage to the American socialite Wallis Simpson, who had divorced her first husband and was seeking a divorce from her second. The prime ministers of the United Kingdom and the Dominions opposed the marriage, arguing that the people would never accept a divorced woman with two living ex-husbands as queen consort. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Prince Edward
Full Name:
Edward Antony Richard Louis Windsor
Nationality:
United Kingdom
Date of Birth:
June 23, 1894
Astrological Sign:
Pisces
Date of Death:
May 28, 1972
Age at Death:
77
Cause of Death:
Laryngeal cancer
Marriages
  • 1999-06-19
    Earl of Wessex Prince Edward (35) weds Sophie Rhys-Jones (34) at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle
Prince Edward Timeline
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