Churchill and the abdication crisis?


Abdication Crisis

  • What was it? 
  • What was Churchill's role?
  • Why was this problematic/unpopular?


What was it?

Edward VIII wanted to marry Wallis Simpson an American divorcee.

Baldwin's government told him that the British public would not accept her as queen, because she was a divorcee and the British Sovereign was the titular head of the Church of England, and so should uphold the CofE's teachings (they were against divorce). 

Edward suggested a morganatic marriage (where she would be consort not queen) this was rejected by Parliament.

If they had married it would have led to the resignation of government and the break away of


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