• Short Summary

    Conflict between King Edward VIII and Government over his relationship with Mrs. Simpson.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "The King".

    Events take place in variety of locations.

    Abdication of King Edward VIII (formerly Prince of Wales, later Duke of Windsor). Edward makes public his intention to marry Mrs. Simpson. Tension between King and government builds. Various shots of King Edward on horseback inspecting troops. C/U of Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, sitting behind desk. L/S Palace of Westminster, London. Spacing.

    Various photographic stills of Wallace Warfield Simpson (aka Wallis Simpson). M/S of Mrs. Simpson's childhood home in Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America (USA). L/S of Mrs. S's current home - large house in Cumberland Terrace, London. L/S of Buckingham Palace. L/S of Yacht Nahlin, sailing off coast of Yugoslavia in Mediterranean sea.

    Various photographic stills of Mrs. S. and King Edward - pictures were taken by press photographers but were only published in foreign newspapers. Various shots of mounted policemen herding crowds in Whitehall, London. Various shots of Cabinet Ministers attending emergency meetings in Downing Street, lots of press photographers take their pictures. More shots of crowds. Spacing.

    Various shots crowds outside Buckingham Palace and Marlborough House watching cars containing members of Royal Family coming and going. We see Queen Mary sitting in back of a car, shielding her face as she passes the cameras. C/U of door to no. 10 Downing St. Aerial shot of King Edward's country home, Fort Belvedere. Spacing (commentary continues). Narration ponders conflict between King's right to private life and his duty to nation. Also mentions British press' respect for King's privacy.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:25:10:00 / 01:27:21:00

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