Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David (1894-1972) was the King of Great Britain and Northern Ireland January-December 1936, when he abdicated to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson.
He was created duke of Windsor and was governor of the Bahamas 1940-1945, subsequently settling in France.
Eldest son of George V, he received the title of Prince of Wales in 1910 and succeeded to the throne in 20 January 1936.
In November 1936 a constitutional crisis arose when Edward wished to marry Simpson; it was felt that, as a divorcee, she would be unacceptable as queen.
On 11 December Edward abdicated and left for France, where the couple were married in 1937. Papers found 1987 revealed he offered to accept the presidency of a British socialist state. He was succeeded by his brother, George VI.
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