Miscellaneous collection of 17 files and papers that are the 'Annex' to CAB21/4100

Abdication Papers

Document reference: CAB 21/4100/2

A copy of the speech that King Edward VIII wished to broadcast to Britain and the Empire in the days leading up to his abdication, telling them about his love for Mrs Simpson and his wish for a morganatic marriage (meaning any children of the marriage would not inherit Edward's title). Winston Churchill helped him to write this speech. Permission to broadcast was refused by Cabinet on 4 December 1936. The comment, 'no word about abdication', is written in pencil underneath the speech. On 11 December 1936, after his abdication, Edward was allowed to broadcast a farewell speech to the nation, which drew on some of the material in this earlier draft.