THE DUKE OF KENT'S WEDDING - 1934 Great Britain's soon to be King Edward VIII attends his brother the Duke of Kent's wedding. A young woman in the crowd comes up in an ingenous way to watch the goings on by turning her back and holding up a small mirror which shows her what is happening.
KING EDWARD VIII - THE NEW KING OF ENGLAND FOR 11 MONTHS England plans for the upcoming coronation of King Edward VIII following the death of his father King George V on 20 January 1936. Enthusiastic subjects greet the new king everywhere and make preparations for his upcoming coronation ceremony in May 1937 by doing such things as letting the children plant coronation trees. However before his coronation Edward abdicated his throne for the woman he loved.
KING EDWARD VIII ABDICATES HIS THRONE FOR MRS. WALLACE SIMPSON - BROADCAST & MONTAGE Montage of scenes and the famous broadcast of King Edward VIII announcing his abdication of the throne for the woman he loves. A radio station is in a flurry of activity, radio towers carry the speech to radios and citizens line up on the streets to hear the news. A picture of a serene Mrs. Wallace Simpson smiles reassuringly and the Duke and Duchess of York play in a park with their children perhaps still unaware they are the new royal family.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW IS INTERVIEWED ABOUT THE KING - 1936 Famous playwright and author George Bernard Shaw uses gentle humor and more than a little tolerance when a reporter asks him whether he thinks King Edward VIII will soon take a wife and what might be holding him back from doing so answering in part, "Well, I don't speculate about it at all. It's impertinent. He doesn't speculate about whether I'm ... well gosh I'm married of course already so he wouldn't have anything to say about that."
FUNERAL PROCESSION FOR KING GEORGE V - 1936 Montage of the funeral procession of King George V of Great Britain on 28th January 1936 at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle following the Lying-in-State in London. Birds flock into the air startled by cannon fire and King Edward VIIIs ascension to the throne is announced.
Date: January 28, 1936 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Film: 16P Length: 00:00:53:00, With Audio
RADIO BROADCAST OF THE DEATH OF KING GEORGE V An old fashioned radio carries the news of King George V's impending death after he falls ills from a cold and never recovers. "This is London. The following bulletin was issued at 9:25. The King's life is moving peacefully towards its close."
Date: January 20, 1936 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Film: 16P Length: 00:00:14:00, With Audio
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