King Edward VIII’s Mediterranean Cruise, 1936

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King Edward VIII and Mrs Wallis Simpson were on an extensive cruise  around the Eastern Mediterranean Sea on the Yacht Nahlin on this day in 1936, spending time on the Dalmatian Coast and in the Adriatic Sea, with stops in Vienna, Yugoslavia, and Istanbul, eschewing the traditional prolonged stay at Balmoral by the King who had succeeded to the Throne a few months earlier. The relationship of the King and Mrs Simpson had not been public knowledge until this Cruise, and it was not mentioned in the British Media but every element was extensively covered in the Foreign Press that eventually made its way to Britain in the few months before the Abdication Crisis, when the King abdicated the Throne to marry Mrs Simpson.

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