Wednesday, February 17, 2016

It's not always good to be the king

Courtesy of my local public library, which offers its members free access to digital magazines via the Zinio iPad app, I've started reading History Revealed magazine. It's a engaging read during my weekday commute to and from work, but it could do with more careful proof reading.

Allow me to explain. This month's issue had an article about Adolf Hitler and Britain. As a soldier in the First World War, and when he began his political career, he respected the Britain and the Empire, and envisaged forming an alliance with them. It wasn't until after the ill-fated 1938 Munich agreement that his attitude changed, and he regarded Britain as an enemy.

The article also mentions that King Edward VII was reputedly an admirer of Hitler. After he abdicated, it is well known that as Duke of Windsor, the former king and his wife Wallace Simpson visited Nazi Germany in 1937, meeting Hitler and his deputy, Rudolf Hess, and visited a concentration camp. Had Hitler achieved his war aims of subjugating Britain, he would have reinstalled Edward as a puppet king.

It was actually Edward VIII who abdicated the British throne in 1936 to marry Wallace Simpson. King Edward VII was his grandfather, and reigned from 1910 to 1936. No doubt an eagle-eyed reader will point this mistake out in a letter to the editor, and this will be acknowledged in a future issue.

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