Edward VIII, King of England

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Edward VIII, King of England Gender: M
Edward Albert Christian George Andrew David
born on 23 June 1894 at 21:55 (= 9:55 PM )
Place Surrey, England, 51n10, 0w20
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 02°21' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 03°53 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 01°38'

King of England Edward VIII


British royalty, Prince Edward, the oldest son of King George V, called David by his friends (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David, Prince of Wales). He reigned as King Edward VIII for less than a year, as he abdicated the throne on 12/11/1936 "to marry the woman I love," Wallis Simpson.

He met Wallis Simpson through friends of her then-husband, Ernest Simpson. By the end of 1933 they were spending much of their time together. It is thought that the strictly platonic relationship didn't become an affair until sometime in 1934. The Prince had always chafed under the restrictions of Buckingham Palace and her forthright American style convinced him that with her he would be a more creative and useful person. Others thought her a dominating type and since the Prince had been dominated by governesses all his life, he needed a strong woman to keep him in check.

When King George V died, Edward became England's new King, bringing new scrutiny of his relationship with Wallis Simpson. Sympathetic to the problems of his people, he was a very welcome king. However, behind the scenes his casual attitude toward his job, especially when handling classified state papers, alarmed government ministers.

By the end of 1935 he'd made up his mind to marry Wallis in spite of huge obstacles; she was a divorcee who was still married to her second husband. After he became King, Wallis' husband confronted him in March 1936 and said he would divorce her but only if Edward would marry her and be faithful to her. Edward agreed and by August the Simpson's divorce proceedings had begun.

With the divorce of Simpson and the possibility of their marriage, his cabinet issued an ultimatum: renounce Mrs. Simpson or abdicate. If he insisted on marrying without their consent, the current government would resign and the opposition party would refuse to serve. There was no choice, and by the end of 1936 he officially gave up the throne. Even after giving up the throne, they were legally forbidden to see each other until Simpson's divorce was final. They finally reunited in France on 5/03/1937 and were married on June 3rd at the Chateau de Cande outside of Tours, France. None of the British royal family attended.

After their marriage he and Wallis settled in Paris with his title of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Windsor and hers as the Duchess. His disastrous first attempt at a political life, a trip to Nazi Germany in October 1937, branded the couple as supporters of Hitler and further alienated the duke from his countrymen.

He served as the governor of the Bahamas Islands from 1940-1945, living a lifestyle which was reported as a round of empty social exchanges; they had no children.

Died on May 28, 1972 in Paris, age 77. The cause was not given.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • spouse relationship with Simpson, Wallis (born 19 June 1896). Notes: Happy


  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1933 (Wallis Simpson)
  • Work : Lose social status 11 December 1936 (Abdicated throne of England)
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  • Work : New Job 1940 (Governor of Bahamas)

Source Notes

Fagan quotes official news release in AA, 11/1976

Sy Scholfield quotes 10pm from Walter Townsend & Leonard Townsend's book, "The Biography of H. R. H. the Prince of Wales" (Kessinger, 2003 [Macmillan, 1929]), p. 15: "'Her Royal Highness the Duchess of York was safely delivered of a son at 10 o'clock,' to use the words in which the news of the event was telegraphed by the by the then Home Secretary, Mr. Asquith, to the Lord Mayor of London for proclamation to the people of the City."

Scholfield also quotes 10pm from official bulletin in The London Gazette, 25 June 1894, p. 3649. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/26525/page/3649

Scholfield also cites father's diary quoted in "A Royal Boyhood" (by Edward, Duke of Windsor), Life magazine, 8 December 1947, p. 117: "WHITE LODGE, 23rd June— At 10.0 a sweet little boy was born..." The article goes on to reveal that it was 10:00 at night.


  • Traits : Mind : Education limited (High school dropout)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (35 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Sexual chemistry (With Wallis Simpson)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (Bahamas)
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur (Diversified businesses)
  • Vocation : Business : Top executive (CEO)
  • Vocation : Politics : Government employee (Governor of Bahamas)
  • Notable : Famous : Newsmaker (Biggest news story of his era)
  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (Britain)
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book