The Edward VIII abdication crisis occurred in the British Empire in
1936, when the desire of King-Emperor Edward VIII to marry Wallis
Simpson, a twice-divorced American socialite, caused a constitutional
crisis. The marriage was opposed by the King's governments in the
United Kingdom and the Dominions. Religious, legal, political, and
moral objections were raised. Mrs Simpson was perceived to be an
unsuitable consort because of her two failed marriages, and it was
widely assumed by the Establishment that she was driven by love of
money or position rather than love for the King. Despite the
opposition, Edward declared that he loved Mrs Simpson and intended to
marry her whether the governments approved or not. The widespread
unwillingness to accept Mrs Simpson as the King's consort, and the
King's refusal to give her up, led to Edward's abdication on
11 December 1936. He was succeeded by his brother Albert as George VI.
Edward was given the title His Royal Highness the Duke of Windsor
following his abdication, and he married Mrs Simpson the following
year. They remained married until his death 35 years later.
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