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  • Short Summary

    Various material of the Duke of Windsor and Mrs Simpson.

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    Duke of Windsor - Edward - and Mrs Simpson arrive at what could be an American hospital. As they walk into the lobby lots of press photographers and cameramen take their pictures. Press conference? C/U of the couple, they chat and laugh. Earlier shot of the couple walking in a garden with a small dog - they look much younger. L/S of New York skyline. Edward and Mrs Simpson walk down a liner gangplank looking extremely elegant. They hold small dogs in their arms. Edward attending a cabaret show. Chorus girls dance and he looks on in appreciation.

    C/U of Mrs Simpson looking glamorous in an evening gown. High angle shot of large number of people at an outdoor event - lots of umbrellas. This is possibly the ceremony where Edward became Duke of Windsor? Edward in uniform visiting troops. Several soldiers dig a trench. Panning shot of sailors gathered to be presented to the Duke. Edward is seen in uniform laughing with his naval colleagues. Large battalion of soldiers march past the Duke as he salutes. In a large showground, soldiers are on parade. High angle shot of soldiers dressed in old fashioned uniform. Duke and colleagues look on. The Duke - who is smoking - is given a very small cup and saucer - espresso perhaps? Crowds run in the streets as a soldier's parade passes by.

    The Duke sits in an open topped car with another man (not recognised). He lifts his hat and looks up - presumably at waving crowd. Duke is seen on a balcony. Men stand at the bottom with their hats on the ends of poles - scouts? or possibly Australian troops. High angle panning shot of troop inspection. Duke walks and inspects veterans. Large number of children dressed in white or flowery summer dresses wave small flags on sticks as he passes by. Top shot of horse and carriage passing through a crowd lined street. Various still shots of Edward and Mrs Simpson. High angle shot of Grenadiers standing to attention. Men dressed in ornate regalia stand on the balcony.

    Various still shots of Edward and Mrs Simpson. High angle shot of Grenadiers standing to attention. Men dressed in ornate regalia stand on the balcony. Various shots of soldiers on parade, horseback Grenadiers. C/U of newspaper headlines: "King to Marry Mrs Simpson", "Edward will take Mrs Simpson as Royal Consort." and "Edward, Wally Wed In Spring London Report." C/U of the couple on their wedding day posing for the camera. C/U of Wallis smiling and speaking (mute on this neg). C/U of Edward speaking. Footage of Edward and Mrs Simpson visiting a foreign country - one of the colonies. Possibly their honeymoon?

    People crowd on a ship to see Edward and Mrs Simpson. The couple wave from a balcony. Edward steps down from an aeroplane. He shakes hands with an RAF man. C/U of the Duke - he looks tired and ill. M/Ss and C/Us of the Duke with Queen Mary. Edward and Mrs Simpson walk through a crowd of well wishers towards a spring where they fill mugs with fresh water. They drink the water. As they leave they pose to be filmed. Funeral cortege - Queen Mary's? Duke of Windsor walks behind the coffin. Westminster Abbey. Edward (wearing sunglasses) and Mrs Simpson walk into the Abbey - he looks very old and frail. More shots from the earlier press conference.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1930 - 1969
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:39:14:00 / 01:46:53:00

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