Gone with the Windsors

Gone with the Windsors

Gone with the Windsors

Gone with the Windsors

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J'ai mon métier du roi.
-- KING EDWARD THE SEVENTH

Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.

-- THOMAS JEFFERSON

THE TRUE STORY of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor cannot be told without clarifying one point right at the beginning: there was only one man who forced Edward VIII off the throne -- himself. Yet millions have been led to believe and still cling to the impression that Prime Minister and Primate got together with the peers, and, with the help of the press, they compelled the King to abandon his trust.

Winston Churchill, directly after the abdication, expressed quite a different view:

I accept wholeheartedly what the Prime Minister ( the late Stanley Baldwin ) has proved, namely, that the decision ( to abdicate ) has been taken by his Majesty freely, voluntarily and spontaneously in his own time and in his own way. (Author's italics.)

And so today there is a young anointed Queen on the throne of England. A Queen who knows that the Sovereign is England, Britain, the Commonwealth; that a resolute Monarch adds a sense of security to the subjects and thus protects and cherishes and defends them; that there is only one course the Supreme Magistrate can follow: the path of duty.

When Edward VIII chose the wrong course, monarchy in England was in great danger of coming to an abrupt end -- it was almost gone with the Windsors. The "royal throne of kings" was tottering when the King abandoned it to marry the twice-divorced Mrs. Simpson.

Nowadays the press does not hesitate to report on the Duchess of . . .

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