Abdication of H.M. King Edward VIII: Union Legislation

Abdication Papers

Document reference: DO 35/531/2/6

A copy of a telegram from Lord Clarendon, Secretary to the Governor General in South Africa, to King George VI (8 January 1938). It refers to the Union Abdication Bill, according to which the King ascended the throne one day earlier (10 December 1936) in South Africa than in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. The British Government objected to the divergence in date and to the embarrassment to which it might give rise, but the Union Government refused to modify their position.