The Abdication Crisis

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Who did Edward VIII plan on marrying?
Mrs Wallis Simpson
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Did Edward VIII have affairs with other older women?
Yes-Dudley Ward, divorced wife of a former Liberal Minister and Lady Furness, a society hostess,
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Who was Mrs Wallis Simpson?
A divorced American women married currently to a wealthy bank owner,
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When did Edward VIII tell the Prime Minister (who?) that he intended to marry her?
In November 1936 to Stanley Baldwin
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Why could the Church of England not allow Simpson to marry Edward VIII?
As Simpson was not divorced in eyes of the Church as you culd only divorce partner on terms of adultry-she divorced on the terms 'emotionally incompatible'. Also, both her husbands are still alive and the Church cant allow divorcees to remarry,
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Why was Simpson's background and behvaior unacceptable for marriage?
-She was an American so it was very untraditional and many British saw Americans as inferior, -Advisors believed she was a 'gold-digger' and only wanted the money and title
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When did Stanley Baldwin visit Edward VIII and for what reason?
In October 1936 to try and confront Edward about the relationship to be more descreet and put off her divorce ,
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When was Simpson's divorce granted and where?
On 27th October in Ipswich
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WHen does Edward declare he wants to marry Simpson and what does Baldwin argue?
On 16th November he declares his want to marry but Baldwin argues the Queen must be British and unmarried, and the British wouldnt accept her,
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If the Government opposes the marriage, what does he threaten to do?
Abdicate the throne
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Instead of Mrs Simpson becoming Queen, how does he suggets they should get married but what was the problem?
In a morganatic marriage where she would become his consort but this wasnt legalised yet in Britain so Baldwin says this wont be accepted,
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What does Edward try and convince Baldwin to do but Baldwin insists it would be impossible?
A broadcast for an appeal stating his problem to the nation in the hope he will sway British opinion,
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When did the King inform the Government he wanted to abdicate?
On 9th December
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When did Edward VIII sign the Instrument of Abdication and when did he broadcast this decision on the BBC?
He signed on 10th December 1936 and was broadcasted on the 11th December 1936
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Who takes Edward VIII's place as heir to the throne?
King George VI
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What does Edward VIII now become and where does he go?
He is now the Duke of Windsor and leaves for Austria,
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When the Abdcication Crisis became public, what did Churchill do and why?
He publically gave his support to the King- He felt Edward was entitled to be with Wallis- sympathesed with her as she was AMerican like his mother,
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On the 4th and the 5th November, what was CHurchill urging Edward and the Government to do?
He urged delay in any decision when he saw a draft of the King's abdcatio on the 4th and issued a statement to the Ministry saying they were pressurng the King into abdcation so urged delay,
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When did Churchill try to adress the Commons for delay of the Abdaction and how was Chruchill reputation after?
On 7th December- It was badly damaged and humiliated,
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What did others think of Churchill's behaviour?
King George Vi was distrustful of him, People like R.R. James saw Churchill's motives as honourable and that he felt deeply for the King and others like Alister Cooke saw him as trying to build a king's Party,
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