The Coronation of Edward VIII in a 1936 Christmas Book

Publishing is a notoriously slow industry and even the long lead magazines can take months to produce. So it’s absolutely vital that they are future proofed as best as possible and what could be more solid than the upcoming Coronation in 1937?

So in 1936, when they were putting together the Big Christmas Wonder Book, they mocked up scenes from the Abbey in advance. Little did they now that the abdication in the year of the Three Kings would mean that they were imagining an event that would never happen.

The Coronation of Edward VIII in 1937
King Edward VIII
Edward VIII is crowned king in the Abbey.
Edward VIII takes his place in the pantheon of other great Kings Edward.
The bachelor King travels to his coronation alone.

The regalia

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