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Wallis Warfield Simpson

11 December 1936  Edward VIII, king of Great Britain and Ireland for 325
days, became today in 1936 the first English monarch to abdicate the throne
voluntarily.  Edward VIII enjoyed immense popularity with his subjects until
he announced his intention to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American who
was in the process of suing her second husband for her divorce.  He was
granted  the title of duke of Windsor, and on June 3, 1937, he married
Wallis Warfield in France.


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