RARE ORIGINAL SIGNATURES OF
FORMER KING EDWARD VIII WHO ABDICATED TWO YEARS EARLIER
REICHSORGANISATIONSLEITER DR. ROBERT LEY
ON A PHOTOGRAPH THAT WAS TAKEN IN 1938 WHEN EDWARD VIII VISITED THE NSDAP ORDENSBURG VOGELSANG
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The size of the period frame is 10-1/2 x 12-1/2 inch
We were unable to decipher the other two original ink signatures on the upper left and lower right of the photograph. If someone knows who these people were who signed we would appreciate if you share your knowledge with us, thank you.
above: original ink signature of Edward VII
below: original ink signature of Dr. Robert Ley
Edward VIII (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David; later the Duke of Windsor; 23 June 1894 – 28 May 1972) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India, from 20 January 1936 until his abdication on 11 December 1936. Edward was the eldest son of King George V and Queen Mary. He was created Prince of Wales on his sixteenth birthday, nine weeks after his father succeeded his own father Edward VII as king. As a young man, he served in the British Armed Forces during the First World War and undertook several overseas tours on behalf of his father. Edward became king following his father's death on January 20, 1936. While king he showed impatience with court protocol; as a result, politicians were concerned by his apparent disregard for established constitutional conventions. Only months into his reign, he caused a constitutional crisis by proposing marriage to the American socialite Wallis Simpson, who had divorced her first husband and was seeking a divorce from her second. The prime ministers of the United Kingdom and the Dominions opposed the marriage, arguing that Britons would never accept a divorced woman with two living ex-husbands as queen consort. Additionally, such a marriage would have conflicted with Edward's status as the titular head of the Church of England, which at the time denied a divorced person a religious wedding if his or her ex-spouse was still alive. Edward knew that the government led by prime minister Stanley Baldwin would resign if the marriage went ahead, which could have forced a general election and would ruin his status as a politically neutral constitutional monarch. Choosing not to end his relationship with Simpson, Edward abdicated. He was succeeded by his younger brother Albert, who chose the regnal name George VI. With a reign of 326 days, Edward was one of the shortest-reigning monarchs in British history. After his abdication, he was created Duke of Windsor. He married Simpson in France on 3 June 1937, after her second divorce became final. Later that year, the couple toured Germany. During the Second World War, he was at first stationed with the British Military Mission to France but, after private accusations that he held Nazi sympathies, he was assigned to the Bahamas as the islands' Governor. After the war, he was never given another official appointment and spent the remainder of his life in retirement in France.
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