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Edward VIII surrounded by heralds of the College of Arms prior to his only State Opening of Parliament in November 1936

King Edward VIII was the King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions and colonies of the British Commonwealth, Emperor of India, from 20 January to 11 December 1936, when he abdicated the throne.

During his reign Edward was served by eight prime ministers; one each from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the Irish Free State, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, South Africa, and Southern Rhodesia. Edward's short reign saw no changes in the occupancy of any these offices.

Prime MinistersEdit

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Country
  Joseph Lyons
(1879–1939)
6 January
1932
7 April
1939
Australia
  William Lyon Mackenzie King
(1874–1950)
23 October
1935
15 November
1948
Canada
  Éamon de Valera
(1882–1975)
9 March
1932
29 December
1937
Irish Free State
  Michael Joseph Savage
(1872–1940)
6 December
1935
27 March
1940
New Zealand
  The Viscount Craigavon
(1871–1940)
7 June
1921
24 November
1940
Northern Ireland
  J. B. M. Hertzog
(1866–1942)
30 June
1924
5 September
1939
South Africa
  Godfrey Huggins
(1883–1971)
12 September
1933
7 September
1953
Southern Rhodesia
  Stanley Baldwin
(1867–1947)
7 June
1935
28 May
1937
United Kingdom

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