KING EDWARD VIII ABDICATES THE THRONE
BRITISH MONARCH TO WED WALLIS SIMPSON OF BALTIMORE
THE DUKE OF YORK TO SUCCEED EDWARD, WILL BECOME GEORGE VI
FALSE HEADLINE SAYS “York to Take Crown as Albert I.”
The Milwaukee Leader
December 10, 1936
The front page banner headline says it all: “KING GIVES UP THRONE FOR LOVE OF WALLIS.”
Here in full detail is the amazing story of the King who gave up his throne for the woman he loved. One of the most infamous scandals involving the British Monarchy. Wallis Simpson, from Baltimore, Maryland, met and fell in love with the then Prince of Wales. Though Edward was known as something of a playboy, this liaison was unthinkable as Mrs. Simpson was not yet divorced from her husband, and was not of royal blood. The Queen Mother and Royal Family were utterly shocked. Public opinion turned against the King when he announced that he would marry Wallis, and he was finally forced to abdicate the throne. The new King George VI bestowed on them the titles of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The couple remained highly controversial owing to their friendship with Nazi Dictator Adolf Hitler.
The front page also contains a superb photo of Edward and Mrs. Simpson. “Monarch Will Marry American Sweetheart When Divorce is Final.” Inside page publishes the text of King Edward’s Abdication Announcement. Complete issue in fine condition–quite displayable.