King Edward VIII - Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE

March 20, 2017
Gresham College
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King Edward VIII - Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE

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Edward VIII reigned for just 325 days.

The history of his reign is in large part the history of the abdication. However, as Prince of Wales, Edward had been the first heir to the throne to find a genuine role for himself, as a spokesmen for the ex-service generation. His Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, said that he had a wider and more intimate knowledge of all classes of his subjects --- than any of his predecessors. The abdication, often regarded as a constitutional crisis, in fact resolved a crisis which never became constitutional, since Edward did not allow any constitutional differences to arise between him and his ministers or between him and Parliament.

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