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1936 Proclamation Document of the Royal Accession Edward VIII
  • 1936 Proclamation Document of the Royal Accession Edward VIII
  • 1936 Proclamation Document of the Royal Accession Edward VIII
  • 1936 Proclamation Document of the Royal Accession Edward VIII

1936 Proclamation Document of the Royal Accession Edward VIII

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A very rare surviving Proclamation Document for the Accession of Edward VIII, after the death of King George V.

Apart from creases and a small tear, the document is in good condition. It comes in its cardboard tube with postmark for 30th January 1936. The document is in on a large sheet of rolled up paper and was printed by His Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO). It was sent to town councils, parishes, etc, to be read out in public by dignitaries. The document is headed with the Royal Coat of Arms. At the bottom of the document is the list of witnesses to the accession. They include the Duke of York Albert, who would later become George VI, on the abdication of his brother. It also includes Neville Chamberlain, Ramsey MacDonald, Stanley Baldwin, Beaverbrook, amongst many others. This example is unusually addressed to the Reverend S. Herbert, of Maker Vicarage, Mount Edgcumbe, nr Plymouth. Given the small size of the parish, it would be very strange to send it there, except that it is the local church for the Earl of Edgcumbe.

The text reads:
Whereas it hath pleased Almighty God to call to His mercy our late Sovereign Lord King George the Fifth, of Blessed and Glorious Memory, by whose Decease the Imperial Crown of Great Britain, Ireland, and all other His late Majesty's Dominions is solely and rightfully come to the High and Mighty Prince Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David : We, therefore, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of this Realm, being here assisted with these of His late Majesty's Privy Council, with numbers of other Principal Gentlemen of Quality, with the Lord-Mayor, Aldermen, and citizens of London, do now hereby, with one Voice and Consent of Tongue and Heart, publish and proclaim, That the High and Mighty Prince Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David, is now, by the Death of our late Sovereign of happy Memory, become our only lawful and rightful Liege Lord Edward the Eighth, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Dominions beyond the Seas King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India: To whom we do acknowledge all Faith and constant Obedience, with all hearty and humble Affection: beseeching God, by whom Kings and Queens do reign, to bless the Royal Prince Edward the Eighth, with long and happy years to reign over Us.

The fact of the accession of the new monarch is published to the nation by a proclamation which is issued as soon as conveniently may be after the death of the former monarch by the lords spiritual and temporal, members of the late monarch's privy Council and the principal gentlement of quality, with the Lord Mayor, aldermen and citizens of London" (Halsbury's Laws of England 4th ed. reissue, 8(2):40). The proclamation is not made "by the king/queen" as all other proclamations are.

The proclamation itself does not make the sovereign or effect the accession, it merely publicizes the accession, which took place immediately on the death of the reigning monarch by common law. The proclamation of the new sovereign is a very old tradition, but the idea that an "accession council" makes it dates to the accession of James I in 1603, when the fact that James I was in Scotland required immediate action. Before that date, the proclamations were made by the sovereign himself.

Edward VIII is infamous for having abdicated the throne, in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

Size: 56 x 76 cm (22 x 30 inches)
Weight: 169 g

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