Office holders and key participants in the Abdication

Office holders and key participants in the Abdication

 

EDWARD, Prince of Wales/ H.M. King EDWARD VIII /HRH The DUKE OF WINDSOR (known to his family as David) (1894-1972)
King from 20 January 1936 to 11 December 1936. Married Wallis Warfield (formerly Wallis Simpson) 3 June 1937

Wallis WARFIELD (SIMPSON) /The DUCHESS OF WINDSOR (1896-1986)

Royal Family

King GEORGE V (1865-1936)
Married Mary of Teck in 1893. Succeeded his father Edward VII as King in 1910

Queen MARY (1867-1953)
First engaged to Prince Albert Victor (Edward VII's eldest son, known as Prince Eddy). He died soon after their engagement and she married his brother George. Queen Mary was the mother of both King Edward VIII and King George VI

Prince ALBERT, Duke of York/ King GEORGE VI (known to his family as Bertie) (1895-1952)
Married Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923

Duchess of York/ Queen ELIZABETH (from 1952) Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (1900-2002)
She and George VI had two children: Princess Elizabeth (from 1952, H.M. Queen Elizabeth II) and Princess Margaret

Royal Household and Advisers

George ALLEN
King Edward VIII's solicitor

Alexander HARDINGE
Assistant Private Secretary to King George V, Private Secretary to King Edward VIII

Alan LASCELLES
Assistant Private Secretary to King Edward VIII

Walter MONCKTON
Adviser to King Edward VIII

Godfrey THOMAS
Assistant Private Secretary to King Edward VIII

Clive WIGRAM
Private Secretary to King George V and briefly to King Edward VIII

Baldwin's National Cabinet November 1936 to January 1937

Stanley BALDWIN, Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury
Prime Minister (and Conservative Party Leader), June 1935 to May 1937

Ernest BROWN
Minister of Labour

Neville CHAMBERLAIN
Chancellor of the Exchequer 1931-37

A Duff COOPER
Secretary of State for War

Anthony EDEN
Foreign Secretary

Walter ELLIOT
Secretary of State for Scotland

William ORMSBY-GORE
Secretary of State for the Colonies

Viscount HAILSHAM
Lord Chancellor

Viscount HALIFAX
Lord of the Privy Seal

Sir Samuel HOARE
First Lord of the Admiralty

Leslie HORE-BELISHA
Minister of Transport

Sir Thomas INSKIP
Minister for Co-ordination of Defence

Malcolm MACDONALD
Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs

Ramsay MACDONALD
Lord President of the Council

W S MORRISON
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries

Walter RUNCIMAN
President of the Board of Trade

Sir John SIMON
Home Secretary

Oliver STANLEY
President of the Board of Education

Earl STANHOPE
First Commissioner of Works

Viscount SWINTON
Secretary of State for Air

Sir Kingsley WOOD
Minister of Health

The Marquess of ZETLAND
Secretary of State for India

The Dominions - leaders and officials

Sir HARRY BATTERBEE
Assistant Under Secretary of State, Dominions Office

Australia

Joseph A LYONS
Prime Minister of Australia

Stanley BRUCE
High Commissioner for Australia in London

Canada

William Lyon MACKENZIE KING
Prime Minister of Canada

Sir Francis FLOUD
British High Commissioner in Ottawa

John BUCHAN
Governor-General of Canada

Irish Free State

Eamon DE VALERA
President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State

John Whelan DULANTY
Irish Ambassador to London

New Zealand

Michael Joseph SAVAGE
Prime Minister of New Zealand

South Africa

General James B M HERTZOG
Prime Minister (and Leader of the Afrikaner Nationalist Party)

William H CLARK
British High Commissioner in Cape Town

Key political figures, Government officials and others December 1936 to January 1937

Clement ATTLEE
Leader of the Labour Party

Thomas BARNES
The King's Proctor

Lord "Max" BEAVERBROOK
Owner of the Evening Standard and the Express Group

Peregrine (Perry), Lord BROWNLOW
King Edward's Lord-in-Waiting

Winston CHURCHILL
Conservative MP and friend of King Edward

Geoffrey DAWSON
Editor of The Times

Thomas DUGDALE
Parliamentary Private Secretary to Stanley Baldwin

Sir Philip GAME
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police

Sir Maurice HANKEY
Cabinet Secretary

Esmond HARMSWORTH
Chairman of the Newspaper Proprietors Association and son of Lord Rothermere, owner of the Daily Mail

Justice HAWKE
Presided over divorce case of Simpson v Simpson

Adolf HITLER
Chancellor of Germany

Dr Cosmo Gordon LANG
Archbishop of Canterbury

Sir Edward Robert PEACOCK
Receiver-General of the Duchy of Cornwall

Mary Kirk RAFFRAY
Wallis Simpson's old friend and Ernest Simpson's lover

John REITH
Director-General of the BBC

Joachim von RIBBENTROP
German Ambassador to London

Ernest SIMPSON
Husband of Wallis Simpson

Sir Archibald SINCLAIR
Leader of the Liberal Party

Sir Horace WILSON
Chief Industrial Adviser to H.M. Government