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The peerage title Duke of Windsor was created in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1937 for The Prince Edward, formerly King of the United Kingdom, as well as each of the other Commonwealth realms. Edward had abdicated on 11 December 1936 so that he could marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson, who became the Duchess of Windsor. At the time of the abdication there was much controversy as to what the ex-King should be referred to - other possibilities were the Dukedoms of Cambridge or Connaught (although neither was likely because the Marquessate of Cambridge and the Dukedom of Connaught were both extant at the time). One theory is that it was Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin's idea to give him the title Duke of Windsor. Another is that it was the new King George VI who brought up the idea of a title just after the abdication instrument was signed, and suggested using "the family name" (recounted in the Duke's memoir A King's Story). For other uses, see Peerage (disambiguation). ... The Peerage of the United Kingdom comprises most peerages created in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland after the Act of Union in 1801. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Edward VIII (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David; later The Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor; 23 June 1894 – 28 May 1972) was King of Great Britain, Ireland, the British Dominions beyond the Seas, and Emperor of India from the death of his father, George V (1910–36), on 20... The Commonwealth Realms, shown in pink A Commonwealth Realm is any one of the sixteen sovereign states within the Commonwealth of Nations that recognise Elizabeth II as their respective monarch. ... Wallis, Duchess of Windsor and the Duke of Windsor on their wedding day Bessie Wallis Warfield, more widely known as Wallis Simpson and later The Duchess of Windsor (June 19, 1896–April 24, 1986) was the wife of Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, the former King Edward VIII of the... Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, KG, PC (3 August 1867 – 14 December 1947) was a British statesman and thrice Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. ...


At his Accession Council, King George VI announced, in the allocution usually given by the monarch just before taking the oath relating to the security of the Church of Scotland, that he would create his brother Duke of Windsor, and that he wished him to be known as His Royal Highness the Duke of Windsor. That declaration is recorded in the Royal Gazette. Nevertheless, several months passed before Letters Patent formally granting the title were issued. In the United Kingdom, the Accession Council proclaims a new monarch upon the death of a previous monarch. ...


As the royal arms go hand-in-hand with the crown, the undifferenced arms passed to George VI and the Duke of Windsor was left in the unusual position of an eldest son needing to difference his arms, which was done by means of a label argent of three points, bearing on the middle point a royal crown or. George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George; 14 December 1895 – 6 February 1952) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions from 11 December 1936 until his death. ...


The dukedom takes its name from the town where the famous Windsor Castle is situated - having been the residence of English monarchs for over a thousand years the name emulated stability, tradition and the very essence of being British (Windsor was also the Royal Family's surname for much the same reasons). On the death of the duke in 1972 this title became extinct. This article is about the castle in Windsor. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Preceded by
New Creation
Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor
1937 –1972
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Title Extinct

Edward VIII (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David; later The Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor; 23 June 1894 – 28 May 1972) was King of Great Britain, Ireland, the British Dominions beyond the Seas, and Emperor of India from the death of his father, George V (1910–36), on 20...

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Wallis, Duchess of Windsor and the Duke of Windsor on their wedding day Bessie Wallis Warfield, more widely known as Wallis Simpson and later The Duchess of Windsor (June 19, 1896–April 24, 1986) was the wife of Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, the former King Edward VIII of the... There have been several titles created in the name of Windsor. ... There were several Dukes of Lancaster in the 14th and early 15th Centuries. ... The Duke of Edinburgh is a dukedom associated with Edinburgh, Scotland. ... This article is about the title Prince of Wales. ... Camilla Mountbatten-Windsor, the current Princess of Wales. ... The Dukedom of Cornwall was the first dukedom created in the peerage of England. ... Banner of the Duke of Rothesay, the quarterings represent the Great Steward of Scotland and the Lord of the Isles. ... HRH The Prince Andrew, the current Duke of York For the nursery rhyme see The Grand Old Duke of York. ... Sarah, Duchess of York (born 15 October 1959) is the former wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York. ... Duke of Albany is a peerage title that has occasionally been bestowed on the youngers sons in the Scottish and later the British Royal Family, particularly in the Houses of Stuart and Hanover. ... The Earl of Wessex is an Earl in the English and later British nobility. ... King Richard III held the title of Duke of Gloucester from 1461 until his accession in 1483 The title Duke of Gloucester (pronounced gloss-ter) is a British royal title (after Gloucester), often conferred on one of the sons of the reigning monarch. ... Duke of Kent is a title which has been created various times in the peerages of Great Britain and the United Kingdom, most recently as a royal dukedom for the fourth son of King George V of the United Kingdom. ... Duke of Clarence is a title which has been traditionally awarded to junior members of the English and British royal families. ... Duke of Cambridge is a title frequently conferred upon junior members of the British royal family. ... Duke of Cumberland is a peerage title that was conferred upon junior members of the British royal family. ... The title Duke of Connaught and Strathearn was awarded by Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland to her third son, Prince Arthur. ... The Duke of Sussex is a peerage title conferred upon Prince Augustus Frederick (1773-1843), sixth son of King George III. He was created Duke of Sussex and Earl of Inverness (in the Peerage of Great Britain), and Baron Arklow (in the Peerage of Ireland) on 25 November 1801. ... Princess Anne, the current Princess Royal Princess Royal is a style customarily (but not automatically) awarded by a British monarch to his or her eldest daughter. ...

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Duke of Windsor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (104 words)
The peerage title Duke of Windsor was created in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1937 for The Prince Edward, formerly King of the United Kingdom.
On the death of the duke in 1972 this title became extinct.
The Prince Edward, 1st Duke of Windsor (1894–1972) (extinct)
Edward VIII of the United Kingdom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3098 words)
His father was The Duke of York (later King George V), the second son of The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and The Princess of Wales (formerly Princess Alexandra of Denmark).
George VI actually created his brother Duke of Windsor and re-created him a Knight of the Garter on December 12, 1936 at his Accession Privy Council because he wanted this to be the first act of his reign, but the formal documents were not signed until March 8 of the following year.
The Duke of Windsor was installed as Governor, and became the first British monarch to ever hold a civilian political office.
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