Precis of Home Office papers on the Abdication of H.M. King Edward VIII and the Accession of H.M. King George VI

Abdication Papers

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Document reference: HO 144/21070/1

A copy of a telegram sent by Stanley Baldwin to the Dominions (8 December 1936), advising them not to take seriously Mrs Simpson's offer to 'withdraw forthwith from a situation that has been rendered both unhappy and untenable'. The offer had been made on 7 December 1936, in a statement to the press in Cannes, four days after Mrs Simpson had fled from London to the South of France.

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A copy of an extract from a telegram, sent from Australia to Baldwin on 9 December 1936. It gives an account of a discussion in the Federal Parliament about King Edward's dilemma and shows that the Labour Opposition was opposed to the backing of the British Government by Joseph Lyons, the Prime Minister. It insisted that

"The Opposition will leave the King unfettered in choosing his wife."