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Editor says, what if the King had forced the Prime Minister out? muses Jackie Rose. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Happy Endings thread.
It is 1936,and Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin is threatening to resign if King Edward VIII insists on marrying Mrs. Simpson, a divorced American.
Happy Endings Part 6 Edward VIII and Wallace SimpsonThe King tells his Prime Minister to resign and be damned, then promptly marries his sweetheart.
Baldwin had been planning to sell airplane engines to the Germans, but this project came to a screaming halt when he left office. His replacement, Neville Chamberlain, saw the need to rearm England (rather than Germany) and desperately calls on his countrymen to do just that .. aided by his staunch ally, Winston Churchill. When the German Fuhrer invites Chamberlain to the Munich Conference two years later, the Prime Minister curtly refuses to attend. Even without him, Hitler invades Czechoslovakia, but England is ready to fight him.
Edward had expressed admiration for Hitler before, but at his Prime Minister's directions he avoids doing so again. Instead, he focuses on helping the unemployed, just as he had done before meeting Mrs. Simpson. So now the nation is united behind King Edward and Queen Wallis, and he rallies his people with the King's Speech: "For the second time in most of our lives, we are at war".
Editor says, in reality Edward did abdicate, leaving Baldwin in a stronger position than ever for appeasing Hitler, until it is almost too late. The King's Speech is delivered by Edward's brother, King George VI. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.