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    Documentary about the Duke of Windsor - Prince of Wales, King Edward VIII

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    His Royal Highness The Duke of Windsor. Check copyright of some of this material. See record f for music details.

    Still of King Edward VII, George V, Queen Victoria and baby Edward (VIII). C/U Victoria and baby. Still of Edward as a boy in a sailor suit. Still of Edward as a boy with mother (Mary). Still of George V, Edward VII and Prince Edward all in naval uniform.

    Funeral procession of King Edward VII (1910). Prince Edward and King George V are seen in the procession. L/S Caernarvon (Caernarfon) Castle, Wales. Pan of still of crowds in Caernarvon Castle. M/S Prince Edward approaching the dais at his investiture as Prince of Wales. Closer shot as coronet is place on his head. Prince Edward standing with foundation stone. Still of Prince Edward in Naval Cadet's uniform. Scenes of the trenches in World War One. Still of Prince Edward as an army officer. Prince Edward in uniform with party walking through ruins (paper work says they are near the Western Front). Prince Edward looking through telescope. Explosions in the distance. Prince Edward and King George V watching the take off of a military plane.

    Royal train during Prince Edward's tour of Canada (1919). Cars containing the royal party drive towards Welcoming arch in small town. Troops assembled in welcome. Large crowd wave Union Jack flags. Large crowd cheer, the front line is all nurses, behind them are boy scouts many of whom wave their hats on staffs. Prince of Wales (Edward) shakes hands with line up of nurses. He is using his left hand (he apparently strained and bruised his right hand shaking hands with people earlier in the trip). Prince Edward has photograph taken by nurse, he is dressed in civvies.

    H.M.S. (HMS) Renown in harbour in New Zealand (1920). Prince of Wales (King Edward VIII)(later Duke of Windsor) comes ashore along gang plank. He is in Naval uniform (the man following him may be Lord Louis Mountbatten who was on this tour with Edward). Sailors on board ship cheer. Prince Edward inspecting troops. Prince Edward and other man (both in naval uniform) climb in to open car. Large welcoming crowds wave and cheer. Edward shakes various hands (with his right hand). Geyser blasting water into the air, royal party are silhouetted in front of geyser. C/U Prince Edward in civvies smoking a cigarette in a holder.

    Edward in car driving through large cheering crowds in Australia. Prince Edward ascends dais and salutes crowds. He shakes hands with a line of old men (he is now using his left hand).

    L/S Taj Mahal in India. Prince Edward climbs into state coach (the tour reached India in 1921). Coach travels through street. Edward out of coach and shakes hands. He is in ordinary dress and wearing a pith helmet. L/S massive display of synchronised exercise (PT) Prince Edward in royal box watches. Large group of people stand to spell out words (appears to spell Return).

    L/S royal party coming ashore in Japan (1922?). Prince Hirohito and Prince Edward walk. Japanese troops march past camera. L/S HMS Renown. Prince Edward and the crew of the Renown pose for photograph. Prince Edward in canoe in the surf (among those rowing is Lord Louis Mountbatten). Canoe travels at speed through the surf.

    Prince Edward wearing plus fours and playing golf. Prince Edward assembling for fox hunt. Prince riding away on horse.

    Fox hunt rides towards camera. Prince Edward (Prince of Wales later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor) on point to point horse race. Prince Edward at veterans rally (Paperwork says this is a British Legion Rally at Cardiff). Prince Edward shaking hands with disabled veterans in wheelchairs.

    African coastline. L/S town (paperwork says it is Cape Town in South Africa). The Prince's tour of Africa took place in 1925. Prince in open car through crowd lined streets. People cheering from balconies. Crowd of Black South African natives. Prince Edward walks out onto open space. He bends down to inspect mushroom shaped object (?). African chief watching, large crowd of black and white people waving. Shot of large war ship. Prince Edward onboard ship looks out across the sea (he is wearing a pith helmet).

    Infantry march down street watched by crowds. Their uniforms are very strange, they are apparently in Montevideo. Troops on horseback. Prince Edward with South American leaders, the Prince and several others are smoking.

    Tour of Canada in 1927. Prince Edward, George (later King George VI) and Stanley Baldwin (Prime Minister) on dais. Baldwin stands next to his wife under an umbrella. Prince Edward, George, Mr and Mrs Baldwin.

    Low Angle shot of Big Ben (Palace of Westminster). Crowds outside Buckingham Palace. A bulletin is posted about the health of King George V. Car out of Buckingham Palace gates. George V and Queen Mary wave from balcony of Buckingham Palace.

    Prince Edward (Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor) on horseback inspecting guards. Opening of Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire (April 23 1932 - 23/4/32). Prince Edward making a speech. Prince Edward in pilot's gear climbs into biplane which takes off. M/S Prince Edward on motor boat draws up alongside large flying boat. L/S D.O.X. (described as the 'World's Largest Flying Boat') taking off.

    Industrial scenes. Women waiting by the side of the road. Various miners and families waiting for visit of Prince of Wales (several of the men have faces black with coal dust). Prince Edward wearing light coloured overcoat and bowler hat arrives to inspect area suffering from 1930s depression. Crowd gathers around Prince. Prince meeting people in industrial areas. Prince coming out of worker's house, he doffs his hat as he walks out.

    Revolving globe advertising British products at British Trade Fair in Copenhagen. High angle shot of crowds at Trade Fair. Tilt up tower advertising products. Prince gets out of car (wearing top hat) Prince shown around trade fair. 1935 procession for the Jubilee of King George V. Various shots of King George and Queen Mary in open landau. Various Union Jack flags at half mast. Coffin of George V carried by soldiers. Flag being lowered down flagpole. Gun firing salute. Crowds look on as proclamation of King Edward's accession to the throne is read out. Edward VIII on horseback in bearskin type hat taking salute at military parade. Edward in civvies cheered by crowds. London streets. L/S Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament), L/S Westminster Abbey. Stills of Mrs Wallis Simpson (future Duchess of Windsor). Stills of Mrs Simpson and King Edward VIII. Newspaper headline - "King to marry Mrs Simpson - Wedding set for June".

    Shot of door of No. 10 Downing Street. Mr Stanley Baldwin (Prime Minister) seated at desk. Crowds in Downing Street. Sir John Simon (Chancellor of the Exchequer?) walks into No 10. Car out of Downing Street. Crowds gather outside Buckingham Palace. Sound of King Edward VIII's abdication speech. Stanley Baldwin walking to car. Pigeons fly across London street scene. Duke and Duchess of Windsor pose outside the Chateau de Cande, France after their marriage. Car driving away from Cande.

    ARP (Air Raid Precautions) Poster. Newspaper placard - "Keep Calm - And Dig - Evening News". Soldier kisses child goodbye. Duke of Windsor as Field Marshall at French Head Quarters (HQ).

    L/S Bahamas. Governor's Residence in Nassau. Duke taking oath as Governor in 1940. Duke and Duchess of Windsor (Mrs Wallis Simpson) chatting to people in the grounds of the Governor's residence. High shot of the ship "Queen Mary" at sea. Duke of Windsor chatting to his mother (Queen Mary) in London. Duke and Duchess on small boat in Sorrento, Italy. Duke helps Duchess ashore out of boat. Children watching. Duke and Duchess in casual attire pose for cameras. They walk with small dog on lead. They wear sunglasses and the Duke is smoking a pipe. They get into a car. The Duke waves at the camera as he gets in. End Title.

    Note: Interesting documentary about the Duke of Windsor - features lots of useful material collated from other stories about the Duke. It makes no mention of the Duke's flirtations with the Germans during the 1930's. This film is on Beta in the London office.

    Paperwork suggest that this was originally two reels but now is only on one. There is a script, shot list, chronology of the Duke's life and music cue sheet. Made by Pathe for A.B.C. Television.

    Music details for Duke of Windsor -

    Goodwill Mission - Composer - J. Beaver - Publisher - Brull
    Commemoration - Composer - C. Turner - Publisher - De Wolfe
    Knights of the Garter - Composer - C. Turner - Publisher - De Wolfe
    Introduction No. 7 - Composer - R. Farnon - Publisher - Chappell
    Defender of the Faith - Composer - C. Turner - Publisher - De Wolfe
    Commemoration - Composer - C. Turner - Publisher - De Wolfe

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    Film ID:
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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1910 - 1957
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:02:00 / 01:15:01:00

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