A crowd of mourners and photographers gathered at the Paris home of the Duke of Windsor only hours after his death early Sunday (28 May).
GV & SV Photographers outside Duke's house
SV ZOOM OUT TO LV blinds closed at window
SV Photographers(2 shots)
SV People looking at house
GV Police at closed gates
CU Notice on gate about condolence book
SV Flag at half-mast ZOOM OUT TO British Embassy building(3 shots)
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This film was shot by Visnews cameraman Pierre Rihouet and the British Broadcasting corporation.
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Background: A crowd of mourners and photographers gathered at the Paris home of the Duke of Windsor only hours after his death early Sunday (28 May). The Duke died after 36 years of virtual exile -- and only 10 days after his niece, Britain's Queen Elizabeth, called at his house for the first time.
The Duke had been in ear-exile since he stunned the world in 1936 by abdicating after reigning as King Edward VIII for less than a year. It had been a choice of leaving the British throne or marrying the woman he loved -- the twice-divorced Mrs. Wallis Simpson. He left the throne, opening an inevitable rift between him and the Royal Family.
The Duke would have been 78 in June. He died peacefully after an illness which plagued him for much of this year and began to cause serious concern over the lat few days. The exact nature of the illness, however, hasn't been officially revealed.
A condolence book was in the British Embassy for mourners to sign, while a Union Jack drooped at half-mast over the building.
Buckingham Palace announced that the Duke's body is to be flown back to England on Wednesday (31 May). It will lie in state at Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel near London before the burial in the Castle grounds on June 5.