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Abdication Crisis

"One of the most bizarre actions in British history was Winston Churchill’s decision to hold Hess incommunicado from the day he parachuted into Britain until the day he died. And while ordinarily the British government papers regarding Hess would have been unsealed by now, they are still hidden by being quietly transferred to the Queen’s royal secrets collection. Hess may have been tricked into his “peace mission” by British intelligence but he had good reason to believe he would have a powerful audience for his proposal that stretched all the way to the former King, then the Duke of Windsor, after his abdication."

"The marriage was opposed by the King's governments in the United Kingdom and the Dominions on religious, legal, political, and moral grounds. Mrs. Simpson was perceived as 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, the King declared that he loved Mrs. Simpson and would marry her whether the Governments approved or not."

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  • United Kingdom
  • Jul 3, 2007
  • English

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