THE EMPIRE BRAND

EDWARD, THE PEOPLE’S PRINCE

Part II of II

In the post-war world, Prince Edward embarked on a tour to bolster old allegiances and foster new ones. But, as Joshua Casper writes, his North American sojourn became a personal coronation

Love and war will always define the erstwhile Edward VIII. Scribes and scholars paint the picture of a man who abdicated the crown and turned his back on the British people for love. And, ingrained in Britain’s collective conscience, are images of Nazis curtsying to the Duke of Windsor as the world sat on the precipice of another war. But before he became the Duke of Windsor, Edward was the Prince of Wales, a tenure also defined by love and war. In the five years between two shots in Sarajevo in June 1914 and the Armistice of November 1918, he evolved from an adolescent searching for purpose to a royal icon who typified a generation. Beloved for his noble service, he was now dubbed “The People’s Prince”.

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