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What Happened to Edward VIII after His Abdication?

On December 11, 1936, Edward VIII, who reigned as King of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Emperor of India, abdicated after reigning for only 326 days in order to marry the woman he truly loved, the two-time American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson. "I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love," he explained. He immediately reverted to being a prince of the United Kingdom and the following day, his brother and successor, King George VI, made him Duke of Windsor. But what happened afterwards? Did he lived into oblivion? Here’s the story of what happened to Edward VIII after he abandoned the throne of Great Britain for love.

Look: Prince George Looks Really Cute in His New Birthday Photos!

Kensington Palace released four new photographs of Prince George of Cambridge in time for his third royal birthday. Photographer Matt Porteous was commissioned to take the pictures from the Cambridges' family home in Norfolk earlier this July.
According to a spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, royal couple “hope that people will enjoy seeing these new photographs.” Their Royal Highnesses sincerely thanked everyone for the “lovely messages” sent to them on the prince’s third birthday.

4 Things to Do While in Balmoral Castle

Queen Elizabeth II calls Balmoral Castle their home every summer, staying here from July until September of each year. The Royal Deeside estate was purchased by Prince Albert in 1852. He fell in love with the property because it reminded him of his native land, Thuringia, Germany. He and Queen Victoria first leased the property. They eventually bought it outright for £32,000. The house was then enlarged to fit the growing family. After Queen Victoria died in 1901, the estate was inherited by his eldest son King Edward VII who also passed it on to King George V. King Edward VIII retained ownership of Balmoral (as well as Sandringham) after his abdication in 1936 until a financial settlement was struck that transferred ownership to his brother and successor, King George VI.  Today, this favorite royal residence is enjoyed and well-loved by thousands of guests who come to relish the estate’s panoramic landscape, the tranquil surroundings, and the opportunity to live like a royal, even f…

These 20 Photos of a Young Prince William Will Make You Want to Adore Him Even More!

Nobody will ever argue that Prince William is as adorable as his cute brother Prince Harry, especially when they were children! Now, give yourself a treat and relish the good old days when William's cheeks were worth a pinch and their dear beautiful mom, Princess Diana, just can't stop but adore his eldest boy.

Visit Windsor Castle and be Amazed by its Imposing Rooms!

Windsor Castle is the biggest and oldest inhabited castle in the world and a favorite royal residence of the British Royal Family for centuries. With its stately rooms filled with history and the colorful personalities that walked passed its august halls, there's no wonder than anyone visiting England won't miss the chance of dropping by Windsor Castle. Check out the Castle's stunning interiors here.

17 Facts About Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

From the 1920s until her death in 2002, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother had endeared herself to the public for her ready smile and chic fashion sense. She was the power behind the throne, a familiar figure that has kept the British Royal Family popular through the years. Let us celebrate the life of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, forevermore Great Britain's eternally smiling queen.

Take a Sneak Peek at Buckingham Palace's Opulent Rooms

Buckingham Palace is the principal residence of every British monarch since the reign of King George III. Through the centuries, it has witness numerous festivities that highlighted the splendor that the world of royalty has to offer. The state rooms, used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public from August until September every year and on certain days in winter and spring. Let's take a sneak peek at the opulent state rooms of one of the world's most recognizable palaces!

Queen Elizabeth II's New Portrait by Nicky Philipps

Here is the new portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by Nicola Jane (Nicky) Philipps. This was commissioned by the Royal Company of Archers on the occasion of  Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday. In the painting, the Queen is wearing the robes of the Order of the Thistle while standing on top of the staircase of the Archer's Hall. Featured in the portrait, too, is the bust of Sir Walter Scott, who, helped the Royal Company play a ceremonial role for the Scottish visit of King George IV in 1822.

Prince William Delivers a Touching Message to Homeless Cup Footballers

Prince William has delivered an emotionally stirring “good luck” message to Homeless World Cup footballers as teams from around the world convened in Glasgow for this year's event.

Prince George Steals the Scene at the Royal International Air Tattoo

Prince George of Cambridge stole the scene at the Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire as he joined his parents at the RAF Fairford air show for the 75th anniversary of the Air Cadets. The event is hailed as the largest of its kind in the world. This was also George's first UK engagement together with his parents.

Visit the World's 53 Most Romantic Fairy Tale Castles

These castles have caught the imaginations of millions around the world, not only for their storied past but the romantic feel they imbue to anyone who visits them. Their former royal, noble and aristocratic owners enjoyed the comfort that these splendid abodes have to offer and today, travelers and romantic dreamers the world over can relish the marvelous life they lived, not to mention marvel at the exhilarating landscape and lush gardens that thrive around them.  Check out 53 of the world’s most romantic castles!

Visit Y Bwythyn Bach, Queen Elizabeth II’s Beloved Childhood Playhouse

On the south side of the gardens of Windsor’s Royal Lodge is hidden from the public eye the miniature thatched, white-washed playhouse which belongs to Queen Elizabeth II. Called Y Bwthyn Bach (the Small House), the house was a gift from the Welsh people to then-Princess Elizabeth on her sixth birthday in 1932.

Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland for the Royal Week, Tells MSPs to "Remain Calm" Despite Uncertainty

The Royal Week is on—and the Queen has just urged the Scottish Parliament to remain calm despite these times of uncertainty.
Queen Elizabeth II urged everyone to stay calm following the uncertainty that the Brexit has brought to the nation. Despite the political uncertainty that has plagued Great Britain, the Queen seems tranquil and went to Scotland to make a surprise address as she opened the Scottish Parliament. This was the Queen’s first major speech following the Brexit.

A Peek into the English Country House

The English country house is not just any massive structure. It is a symbol of the affluence of Britain's nobility and landed gentry, which for centuries, have dominated British politics. The stories of these country houses follow the rise and fall of the fortunes of England's landed upper class, yet today, they serve as a lasting memory that once upon a time, the wealthy of the years gone by lived lives in magnificent opulence and grandeur that any of today's billionaires can surpass.

8 Reasons Why You Should Visit The British Royal Family’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk

Sandringham Estate in Norfolk is a favorite country retreat of the British Royal Family. Since the reign of Queen Victoria, Sandringham has witnessed innumerable family gatherings and memories here hold so dear to the princes and princesses through generations. In fact, King George V said: "Dear old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere in the world."  Today, Sandringham attracts thousands of visitors who flock to the estate to take a peek at Sandringham House or Museum, or stroll and relax in the Gardens and the Country Park. You will definitely find this eight reasons to visit Sandringham estate interesting!
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