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Ah Happy Abdication Day. Today.

December 11, 2015



Seventy-nine years ago today, Edward VIII (aka ‘David’) did the best thing he ever did in his irresponsible and selfish life – he abdicated. Well, technically, he signed a short letter on December 10th, but the abdication took legal effect on December 11th.  A very logical product of the hereditary principle at work, his career and character were mapped out with eerie precision by Keir Hardie on the occasion of his birth forty two years earlier.

By the time of his accession to the throne, David/Edward was completely dominated by Wallis Simpson, a woman whose string of lovers was alleged to have included Nazi ambassador and future Foreign Minister Von Ribbentrop. Dave’s abdication was a huge relief to most people who knew him even slightly, although it required a carefully fudged constitutional arrangement on the part of a cabal of commonwealth leaders to put a gloss of continuity upon…

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