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Edward VIII of the United Kingdom (1894-1972)

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Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, King of the United Kingdom, was born 23 June 1894 in White Lodge, Richmond Park, Municipal Borough of Richmond, Surrey, England, United Kingdom to George V of the United Kingdom (1865-1936) and Victoria Mary of Teck (1867-1953) and died 28 May 1972 in Paris, France of throat cancer. He married Bessie Wallis Warfield (1896-1986) 1 June 1937 in Château de Candé, Tours, France. Notable ancestors include Charlemagne (747-814), Alfred the Great (849-899), Henry II of England (1133-1189), William I of England (1027-1087), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Gustav I of Sweden (1496-1560), Robert I of Scotland (1274-1329), Willem van Oranje (1533-1584), Rurik (c832-879), Johan Willem Friso van Nassau-Dietz (1687-1711). Ancestors are from the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Poland, France, Sweden, Scotland, England, Belgium, Spain, Geneva, the Netherlands, Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia, Prussia, Bohemia, Byzantium, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Byzantine Empire, Croatia, Romania, Israel, Ireland.


Before his accession to the throne, Edward VIII held the titles of Prince Edward of York, Prince Edward of Cornwall and York, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, and Prince of Wales (all with the style Royal Highness). As a young man, he served in World War I, undertook several foreign tours on behalf of his father, and was associated with a succession of older, married women.


After his abdication, he reverted to the style of a son of the Sovereign, The Prince Edward, and was created Duke of Windsor on 8 March 1937. During World War II, he was at first stationed with the British Military Mission to France, but after private accusations that he held pro-Nazi sympathies, was moved to the Bahamas as Governor and Commander-in-Chief. After the war, he was never given another official appointment, and spent the remainder of his life in retirement.







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