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  • 17.09.2019
Duke of Windsor's will to be revealed

Duke of Windsor's will to be revealed

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A British judge has given a royal archivist permission to see the will of the Duke of Windsor, who was King Edward VIII until he abdicated in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
His shocking abdication after just ten months as king caused a constitutional crisis which saw his younger brother become George VI, paving the way for the current Queen to ascend the throne upon his death in 1952.
After the abdication he assumed the tile of Duke of Windsor, married Simpson in 1937 and spent the rest of his life in retirement in France where he died in 1972.
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.Sir James Munby, president of the Family Division of the High Court, announced announced on Wednesday that the seal on the envelope containing the Duke's will could be broken and a copy made for Oliver Irvine, assistant keeper of the Queen's archives.
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