• Short Summary

    Newreel items related to the Abdication of King Edward VIII and his relationship with Mrs Simpson

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    Graveyard flooded (?). Vicar and Lady (Mrs Simpson?) Standing on deck of ship with super "New York". An American interviewer asks the Vicar (with rather unfortunate teeth) questions about the Duke, Is he still popular in Britain? The attitude of the church? Will the marriage be a happy one? No great revelations here. Ends with shot of flying boat over New York.

    The Duke in Army uniform with a politician (?) wearing a top hat and other Military Officers. They walk out of a stately home and drive away. The party are then seen inspecting a large white mausoleum of a structure. Movie cameras are set up as the Duke and his Military entourage visit war wounded veterans (W.W.1.) Duke makes a speech with Officers in background (mute).

    Duke attends a Wild West Show, he rides with the "cowboys". Standing under a canopy he talks with "cowgirls".

    A man dressed in pilots gear (Duke?) climbs into the rear seat of an open biplane and it takes off.

    Duke under a large umbrella leaves the Bristol Hotel (French ?) and drives away. LS houses on hillside with palm trees. CU house sign "Lou Vici". Photographers take pictures as a car arrives. Duke and entourage cross busy Street. Still (Freeze frame) Duke and Mrs Simpson on ski's , they walk (slow motion) past onlookers over the snow.

    Title "Camera shy Wally". Repeat shot of Villa with photographers waiting at the entrance. More shots of people waiting around. Mrs Simpson and Duke with two others seen from distance having their photo taken, The group photo. Semi dissolve to the Duke talking. Telephoto shot of the couple walking in garden, they spot the camera and disappear behind an archway.

    Graphic " MEET THE GIRL WHO DANCED WITH THE PRINCE OF WALES Miss Eleanor Nichols, daughter of U.S. naval officer, tells Senorita Alfaro about thrill of a lifetime in Panama". Sitting on a swinging couch she tells of the thrill of dancing with the Duke and how scared to death she was but how nice and natural he was. He was a wonderful dancer. Not too in depth an interview.

    Shot of King Edward VIII superimposed over newspaper headlines. Crowds gather outside Buckingham Palace to show that - according to the voiceover 'All the world loves a lover'. Shot of Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin. Shot of Winston Churchill. Still of Wallis Simpson. Ext of cottage where Wallis was born. CU Warfield coat of arms. Shot of Edward and Mrs Simpson at the horse races - the Grand National. Picture of Wallis surrounded by Churchill, Baldwin, Prince Albert, and King Edward VIII. Ext. of Westminster Abbey. Interview with Bishop Stiers (sp?) member of the American Protestant Episcopal Church discussing Church's teaching against marriage of divorced people.

    N.B. Check copyright on use of stills. Presumably issued during the Abdication crisis of 1936.


    A British Politician or spokesman (?) comments on the proposed marriage and whether it is a private act or a constitution matter.

    The Canadian Prime Minister McKenzie King states that Canada will accept the King's abdication with profound regret.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1930 - 1939
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:02:42:00 / 01:13:38:00

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