Synopsis by Dan Pavlides
Orson Welles narrates this informative documentary on the life of The Duke of Windsor. With newsreel footage and films from the former king's private collection, the Duke and Duchess (the former Mrs. Wallace Simpson) are interviewed and give candid recollections of the classic story of the man who gave up the royal crown for the woman he loved. The Duchess is not even mentioned in the first 70 minutes of the feature, with the focus being on the scholastic and military training of the young man who would become King Edward VIII. Careful attention was given in portraying the Duke as a right good chap with no mention of his admiration for Adolph Hitler. The Duke was in his 70s at the time of the documentary and reads from his original abdication speech given after only 325 days on the throne. An added bonus are interior scenes of Buckingham Palace and other royal retreats.
abdication [of power], love, royalty, throne