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File Title Security Matters relating to Abdication of King Edward VIII
Reference CAB 301/101
Date 27 November 1936 - 8 December 1936
Government Department Cabinet Office
File Accession Date 23 May 2013

Description

A file of correspondence concerning the abdication of Edward VIII in December 1936. The file consists of a number of telegraphs intercepted by British police which prematurely announced the royal abdication, proclaiming the Duke of York as King George VI and Princess Elizabeth the heir apparent, before any official announcement had been made. The file also includes correspondence concerning the possible effects of this announcement in the British Empire, and police reports and press clippings relating to a false report that Wallis Simpson was the subject of a bomb threat.

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