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Edward VIII abdicerer

Radiotale 11. december 1936

forside fra Life i 1941 med Edward VIII
Omsider er jeg i stand til at sige nogle ord på mine egne vegne. Jeg har aldrig ønsket at fortie noget, men indtil nu har det af forfatningsmæssige grunde været mig umuligt at tale.
Downing Street er en lille stille, fornem gade, ikke særlig lang, ikke særlig bred. Verdens larm går dog ikke Downing Street forbi, tværtimod; det strømmer ind med alarmerende telegrammer, telefoniske rapporter, og der er lukket op for højtaleren, når udenlandske statsmænd taler i radioen.
Falder Old Britannia, da er det ikke en Hyæne eller Sjakal, der ligger paa Valpladsen, men en stolt Løve, som de ikke sømmer sig nogen at sparke efter.
Jeg er overbevist om, at efter München delte et stort flertal af det britiske folk mit oprigtige ønske om, at denne politik skulle videreføres.
Edward VIII abdicerede som Konge af England for at leve sammen med den kvinde, han elskede. Dette er hans tale til det engelske folk kort efter, han forlod tronen.
At long last I am able to say a few words of my own. I have never wanted to withhold anything, but until now it has not been constitutionally possible for me to speak.

A few hours ago I discharged my last duty as King and Emperor, and now that I have been succeeded by my brother, the Duke of York, my first words must be to declare my allegiance to him. This I do with all my heart.

You all know the reasons which have impelled me to renounce the throne. But I want you to understand that in making up my mind I did not forget the country or the empire, which, as Prince of Wales and lately as King, I have for twenty-five years tried to serve.

But you must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.

And I want you to know that the decision I have made has been mine and mine alone. This was a thing I had to judge entirely for myself. The other person most nearly concerned has tried up to the last to persuade me to take a different course.

I have made this, the most serious decision of my life, only upon the single thought of what would, in the end, be best for all.

This decision has been made less difficult to me by the sure knowledge that my brother, with his long training in the public affairs of this country and with his fine qualities, will be able to take my place forthwith without interruption or injury to the life and progress of the empire. And he has one matchless blessing, enjoyed by so many of you, and not bestowed on me -- a happy home with his wife and children.

During these hard days I have been comforted by her majesty my mother and by my family. The ministers of the crown, and in particular, Mr. Baldwin, the Prime Minister, have always treated me with full consideration. There has never been any constitutional difference between me and them, and between me and Parliament. Bred in the constitutional tradition by my father, I should never have allowed any such issue to arise.

Ever since I was Prince of Wales, and later on when I occupied the throne, I have been treated with the greatest kindness by all classes of the people wherever I have lived or journeyed throughout the empire. For that I am very grateful.

I now quit altogether public affairs and I lay down my burden. It may be some time before I return to my native land, but I shall always follow the fortunes of the British race and empire with profound interest, and if at any time in the future I can be found of service to his majesty in a private station, I shall not fail.

And now, we all have a new King. I wish him and you, his people, happiness and prosperity with all my heart. God bless you all! God save the King!

Edward VIII - December 11, 1936

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