Every day Sophie Dupre presents two items from her large stock of signed photographs, autograph letters, autographs for sale, royal memoralbilia and antiquarian manuscripts.
The photographs are presented with the catalogue descriptions.

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December 11


On this day in 1936 Edward VIII announced in a radio broadcast that he was abdicating the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson. This created a constitutional crisis in the British Empire. As British monarch, Edward was the nominal head of the Church of England, which did not then allow divorced people to remarry in church if their ex-spouses were still alive. He was succeeded by his brother Albert, who took the regnal name of George VI.

EDWARD VIII (1894-1972, King of Great Britain, Later the Duke of Windsor)
Fine large photo (by Hugh Cecil) signed as King “Edward R.I.” and dated, showing the king wearing full dress uniform as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards holding his bearskin,14” x 11”, no place, 1936, slightly creased across the centre, laid down

WINDSOR (Duchess of, Wallis Simpson, 1896-1986, Wife of Edward VIII)
Photograph with fine signature “Wallis Windsor” depicting the couple stood before an aeroplane propeller signed, with stamp on the back asking for a credit line for Stanley Toogood A.R.P.S. Nassau, Bahamas if it is reproduced, 5” x 6¾”, Nassau, c. 1940

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