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Monarchy Doesn't Forgive Mistakes: A Few Royal Rules That Costed King Edward VIII A Throne

Date October 26, 2018 18:00

Traditionally, members of the royal family stay away from politics and remain neutral. Nevertheless, they officially represent the whole country, and the population of that country.

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According to the information provided by The Royal Family, a sovereign no longer has a political or executive role. Still, he or she continues to play an important part in the life of the nation.

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Nevertheless, sometimes royals break the royal protocol. That’s what Edward VIII, the King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, did back in 1937.

In October, he visited Nazi Germany against the advice of the British government and met Adolf Hitler in Bavaria.

According to The Washington Post:

Hitler showed his guests the house and grounds. They stood for some time on the terrace, looking down into Austria, with the border town of Salzburg framed between the mountains.

During the visit, Hitler gave the Nazi salute, and so did the Duke of Windsor, thus, completely violating the royal protocol.

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Some people say that's the reason why he abdicated. But the official reason is one more non-protocol thing – his romance with Wallis Simpson. Edward first expressed his desire to marry Wallis in 1936. Nevertheless, the British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin said it was impossible and proclaimed this step morally unacceptable. For the most part, because remarriage after divorce was opposed by the Church of England. And that’s why Edward made a decision to abdicate.

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In his speech after the abdication, he said:

I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king, as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I love.

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Of course, being a royal family member means having a huge responsibility. Sometimes, even a small mistake can cost a throne.

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