Chronology of events

Chronology of events

 

1910

Accession of George V
 
1914 - 18 His eldest son, Edward, Prince of Wales, serves as staff officer in Grenadier Guards in the Great War
 
1916 - 27 Wallis Warfield is married to Earl Winfield Spencer
 
1928 Wallis Warfield, now divorced, marries Ernest Aldrich Simpson
 
1936 January 20 - George V dies and Edward succeeds to the throne as King Edward VIII
 
  October 20 - Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister, meets with Edward VIII and confronts him on the constitutional implications of his intended marriage
 
  October 27 - Simpson divorce decree nisi
 
  November 13 - letter from Hardinge, King's Private Secretary, to the King, warning of the implications of his marriage plans
 
  November 16 - King tells Baldwin of his plan to marry Mrs Simpson; Baldwin opposes the plan on the grounds that the British public would not accept the marriage. The King declares he is prepared to abdicate
 
  November 22 - King proposes a morganatic marriage (meaning any children of the marriage would not inherit Edward's title) as a compromise. Baldwin offers to seek advice from Cabinet and the Dominions. The King accepts the offer
 
  November 27 - Cabinet rejects the proposal of a morganatic marriage
 
  November 28 - Telegrams to the Prime Ministers of the Dominions, requesting their views
 
  December 1 - Dr A W F Blunt, the Bishop of Bradford, gives speech publicly criticising the King, which is quoted in newspapers
 
  December 3 - The story of the intended marriage breaks in the press. Churchill requests more time for the King to make his decision. Wallis Simpson goes to Cannes
 
  December 4 - The King's request to broadcast to the nation is refused
 
  December 9 - The King receives confirmation that the Cabinet and Dominions oppose the marriage
 
  December 10 - King Edward VIII signs the Instrument of Abdication. Baldwin addresses the Commons
 
  December 11 - Parliament passes Act of Abdication. Prince Albert, Duke of York, accedes to the throne as George VI. Edward, now Duke of Windsor, broadcasts farewell speech to nation, then leaves England for Austria
 
1937 April 27 - Simpson divorce declared absolute
 
  June - Duke of Windsor informed that upon his marriage, Wallis (who has reverted to her former name Wallis Warfield) will not receive the title HRH
 
  June 3 - Duke of Windsor marries Wallis Warfield in France
 
  October - Duke and Duchess of Windsor visit Germany, meet with Hitler and other Nazi leaders
 
1940 Duke of Windsor is made Governor of the Bahamas
 
1952 Duke of Windsor returns from Paris to Britain, for the funeral of George VI, his brother
 
1953 March 24 - Queen Mary dies. Duke of Windsor returns from Paris to Britain for his mother's funeral
 
  June 2 - Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The Duke and Duchess do not attend
 
1967 First formal invitation for both Duke and Duchess to an official public ceremony in Britain, for the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to Queen Mary
 
1972 May 28 - Duke of Windsor dies in Paris and is buried at Windsor
 
1986 April 24 - Duchess of Windsor dies in Paris and is buried in Windsor alongside the Duke