n African Journal of Psychiatry - W. E. : movie review

Volume 15, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



The year 1936 will forever be known as the year of the three kings. King George V died in January 1936 after a long illness at his country estate Sandringham with, amongst others, his wife Queen Mary, his sons Edward, Prince of Wales, and Albert, Duke of York, by his bedside. Upon King George V's demise, he was succeeded by his son Edward who chose to style himself as King Edward VIII. Edward would not reign a full year, for he abdicated on 11 December 1936 in favour of his brother Albert, for as he declared in his abdication broadcast Edward's abdication was one of the biggest constitutional crises of the 20th century that England had to face, and his relations with Wallis Warfield Simpson, a twice divorced American lady, ultimately became the love story of the 20th century and will indeed go down in history as one of the biggest love stories of all time.

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