"This is nineteen thirty-six"
Wallis Simpson in 1936
Public DomainWallis Simpson in 1936 - Credit: unknown
Edward Vlll in 1932 whilst still Prince of Wales
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeEdward Vlll in 1932 whilst still Prince of Wales - Credit: German Federal Archive

1936 was a politically turbulent year in both Britain and Europe:

In May, Italian forces captured Addis Ababa in the culmination of what was known as 'The Abyssinia Crisis';

In July, the Spanish Civil War broke out;

In August, at the Berlin Summer Olympics, only members of the Ayran race were allowed to compete for Germany as Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist Party pursued their racist policies;

In December, following a prolonged period of constitutional crisis, King Edward VIII abdicated the British throne in order to marry Wallis Simpson, an American divorcée.

Listen on Spotify to Edward Vlll's abdication address