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King Edward VIII, 17 August 1936.

King Edward VIII, 17 August 1936.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm


'King Edward smoking a pipe during a visit to the Bay of Martinas as part of his holiday cruise in Yugoslavia'. King Edward VIII (1894-1972) succeeded to the throne in January 1936, but after a 325-day reign he abdicated to be with the woman he loved, Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee. Edward was the first English monarch to relinquish his throne voluntarily. His younger brother became King George VI.

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