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Edward VIII of Britain
EdwardVIII 1932
Historical Figure
Nationality: United Kingdom
Date of Birth: 1894
Date of Death: 1972
Cause of Death: Throat cancer
Religion: Anglicanism
Occupation: Briefly Monarch of the United Kingdom, Soldier, Nobility, Pilot,
Parents: George V
Mary of Teck
Spouse: Wallis Simpson
Children: None
Relatives: Victoria (great-grandmother),
Edward VII (grandfather),
George VI (brother);
George, Duke of Kent (brother);
Elizabeth II (niece)
House: Windsor
Military Branch: British Army (World War I)
Political Office(s): Prince of Wales,
King of Great Britain,
Emperor of India,
Duke of Windsor,
Governor of the Bahamas
Turtledove Appearances:
The War That Came Early
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
Appearance(s): Hitler's War;
The Big Switch;
Coup d'Etat
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): In at the Death
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
The Two Georges
POD: c. mid-1760s
Type of Appearance: Posthumous references
Date of Death: Unrevealed
Spouse: Unrevealed
Children: Edward IX (presumed)
Relatives: Charles III (grandson, presumed)


Edward VIII (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David, 23 June 1894 – 28 May 1972), known as David among his family and close friends, and member of the House of Windsor, was King of the United Kingdom and the British dominions, and Emperor of India from 20 January 1936, following the death of his father, George V, until his abdication on 11 December 1936.

Only months into his reign, Edward caused a constitutional crisis by proposing marriage to the American divorcée Wallis Simpson. Although legally Edward could have married Mrs. Simpson and remained king, the prime ministers of the British Empire opposed the marriage, arguing that the people would never accept her as queen, due to her scandalous history and immoral lifestyle. Rather than give her up, Edward abdicated. He was succeeded by his younger brother George VI. After his abdication, he reverted to the style of a son of the Sovereign, The Prince Edward, and was created Duke of Windsor by George VI. During World War II, he was at first stationed with the British Military Mission to France, but after private accusations that he held pro-Nazi sympathies, was moved to the Bahamas as Governor and Commander-in-Chief. After the war, he was never given another official appointment, and spent the remainder of his life in retirement.

Edward VIII in The War That Came Early Edit

Edward VIII's abdication was fresh in the minds of British troops in 1939. Alistair Walsh wistfully referenced the abdication when King Leopold III of Belgium led his country to disaster against Germany during the early months of the Second World War.[1]

In 1940, after the "big switch" saw Britain and France join Germany against the Soviet Union, Ronald Cartland was reminded of Edward's observation that "dictators seem to be popular these days," which he shared with Alistair Walsh. Walsh concluded it was probably good that Edward was no longer king.[2]

By 1941, Edward had been sent to Bermuda by his younger brother George VI due to his support for Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.[3]

Edward VIII in Southern VictoryEdit

Edward VIII ascended the throne upon the death of his father George V in 1936. With Britain still angered over its defeat during the Great War, Edward allowed his country to move towards revanchism towards the Central Powers, Germany in particular.

In 1941, Edward VIII brought his country into conflict with Germany. Although Britain and its allies made substantial gains, the tide had obviously turned by 1943.

With his Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, Edward escaped the destruction of London by a German superbomb in 1944.[4] However, Churchill's government did not survive a vote of confidence. Horace Wilson succeeded Churchill, and sued for peace with Germany.[5]

Edward VIII in The Two Georges Edit

Edward VIII, heir of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, was the King-Emperor of the British Empire during the mid 20th century. His reign saw a revival in the Rococo style of interior design. Rococo underwent another such revival in the mid 1990s.[6]

He was the elder brother of George, Duke of Kent, the sire of a notoriously poorly-behaved branch of the Royal Family. Edward VIII was succeeded by Edward IX.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hitler's War, pg. 119.
  2. The Big Switch, pg. 342.
  3. Coup d'Etat, Chapter 10.
  4. In at the Death, pg. 363.
  5. Ibid., at 368.
  6. The Two Georges, pg. 2, MPB.
  7. This is somewhat speculative, based on the simple fact that the compact timeline leaves little room for any other kings to have reigned between the two Edwards. Going by the way royalty operates, it is highly probable that Edward IX is the son of Edward VIII.
Regnal titles
(OTL)
Preceded by
George V
King of Great Britain and Emperor of India
January to December 1936
Succeeded by
George VI
Regnal titles
(Southern Victory)
Preceded by
George V
King of Great Britain and Emperor of India
1936-19??
Succeeded by
Incumbent as of series' end, 1945
Regnal titles
(The Two Georges)
Preceded by
George V (presumed)
King-Emperor of Great Britain and the Empire
1936(?)-1972(?)
Succeeded by
Edward IX (presumed)

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