Skip to content
December 11, 2015

11 Dec 1936: Edward VIII abdicates

On this day in 1936, King Edward VIII of Great Britain abdicated. He was forced to relinquish the throne after he announced his intent to marry Wallis Simpson, an American divorcée.

as Prince of Wales (1912) by Arthur Stockdale Cope. (Royal Collection)

Some more details:

  • Edward VIII ascended to the throne in January 1936 upon the death of his father, George V
  • his alleged Nazi sympathies increased calls for his resignation
  • Simpson was the first female named Time‘s person of the year, in 1936
  • he was succeeded by his younger brother, George VI
  • 1936 is the most recent year with three English kings. There were two others (as asked in this Final clue):
    • 1066: Edward the Confessor, Harold Godwinson, William I
    • 1483: Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III
One Comment
  1. Given his political orientation, it is surprising that he didn’t have his pugs wear lederhosen.

What do you think?