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Royal Wives at War

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

A revealing new look at the abdication crisis of 1936 through the eyes of the two women at its very heart. In a series of dramatised monologues set in 1967, Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson look back at the dramatic events which led to King Edward VIII giving up the throne for the woman he loved.

Combining drama reconstructions, archive footage and a chorus of acquaintances and biographers, Royal Wives at War returns to some of the original words and opinions of the two women at the heart of that battle and unravels the story of a frosty relationship between the Queen Mother and Wallis that lasted for decades. Show less

Contributors

Director:
Tim Dunn
Producer:
Kate Shiers
Executive Producer:
Eamon Hardy
Elizabeth, Queen Mother:
Emma Davies
Wallis Simpson:
Gina McKee
Edward VIII:
Nick Waring
George VI:
John Sackville
Thelma Furness:
Emma Campbell-Jones
Participant:
Hugo Vickers
Participant:
Andrew Morton
Participant:
Anne Sebba
Participant:
Kate Auspitz

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