Edward VIII, 1936

Key Events

Edward VIII succeeds his father, George V, as King in January.

Outbreak of Spanish Civil War.

Germany, under Hitler, reoccupies the demilitarized left bank of the Rhine.

Britain begins to re-arm as political tension increases in Europe and the prospect of military conflict arises.

The Crystal Palace is destroyed by fire.

Maiden voyage of luxury ocean liner, the Queen Mary.

Gatwick Airport opens.

BBC inaugurates the world’s first television service in London.

Pinewood Film Studios open. The Jarrow Hunger March begins.

Edward abdicates in December after a reign of only 325 days. His younger brother, the Duke of York, becomes George VI.



1936 Silver Fantasy Crown

1936 Silver Fantasy Crown

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A collection of predominantly English coins from the Tudor era to the present day

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