Letters from the Prime Minister to H.M. The King

Abdication Papers

Document reference: PREM 1/455

A pencilled note written by the King after signing the Instrument of Abdication on 10 December 1936, referring to Mrs Simpson's efforts to dissuade him from giving up the throne. This note was sent to Baldwin, asking him to refer to these efforts in his speech to the House of Commons later that day, which would give an account of the events leading up the Abdication. Baldwin did not mention Mrs Simpson in his speech.

A note by Horace Wilson, the Chief Industrial Advisor to Downing Street, on the day of Baldwin's speech. It states that,

'I asked the PM whether he had any intention of mentioning Mrs Simpson (If he had, was quite willing to draft appropriate passages!). The PM said he would make no reference.'