Friday, December 12, 2008

Duke of York proclaimed as king

December 12, 1936

The Duke of York has been proclaimed King George VI, as he has succeeded his elder brother,Edward VIII, who has abdicated and has now arrived in France and is en route to Vienna. One of the new king's decrees was to name his brother as Duke of Windsor. It was also announced that George VI's elder daughter, Princess Elizabeth, will not be styled as Princess of Wales as this title is reserved for the heir apparent to the throne. Princess Elizabeth is the heiress presumptive, and can be superseded by a younger brother.
Queen Mary also issued a statement denying press reports that she had any conversations with Mrs. Simpson during the last year.

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