Category 20th century royality

The King and Mrs Simpson

It was Tuesday 27th October 1939 that Mrs Wallis Simpson, an American socialite, received divorce papers ending her marriage to Ernest Simpson. This was part of a chain of events that changed the course of history in Great Britain. Wallis Simpson was having an affair with King Edward VIII and the relationship made him very […]

‘Windsor’ becomes a Royal name

It was on Tuesday 17th July 1917 that the British Royal Family formally adopted the name ‘Windsor’ in the place of ‘Saxe-Coburg-Gotha’. ‘The Cornishman’ newspaper carried a typical statement of the facts with the heading: THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR – RENUNCIATION OF SAXE-COBURG. ‘A Proclamation was signed at the Privy Council at Buckingham Palace on […]

Britain has a new King

This day – Wednesday May 12th 1937 – saw the coronation at Westminster Abbey of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth as King and Queen of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth and as Emperor and Empress of India. King George was ascending to the throne following the abdication of his […]

A King prefers his Lady

On 20th of January 1936, King George V died and so his eldest son Edward began his reign as King Edward VIII. During his reign the new King travelled a lot with a Mrs. Wallis Simpson with him on almost every single trip.  In November King Edward VIII wanted to talk to his favourite adviser […]