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Published on Mar 16, 2010
Britain's Prince Charles arrived in Poland on Monday , March 15, with his wife, Camilla, to start a nine-day tour that will take them through central Europe. Charles, wearing a dark suit, and Camilla, dressed in red and clutching a handbag, were welcomed in the afternoon in the courtyard of Poland's presidential palace by President Lech Kaczynski and the first lady, Maria Kaczynska. The couples shook hands on a red carpet, posed for photographs, then walked into the palace, passing through a door festooned with British flags.
Later, Charles and Camilla laid a wreath at the grave of the Rev. Jerzy Popieluszko, a priest who was kidnapped and killed in 1984 by Poland's communist-era secret police. Popieluszko, who was aligned with the anti-communist Solidarity movement of Lech Walesa, is considered a martyr for the faith by the Vatican and is to be beatified in June. The royal couple also met with Prime Minister Donald Tusk. After three days in Poland, they will travel to Hungary and the Czech Republic, a trip aimed at promoting Britain's relations with the three ex-communist countries, all of whom are now European Union members.
Whereas.... on December 3, 1936, the Commonwealth shook with the news that the King of England, Edward VIII, was in love. The object of the monarch's affection was an American divorce, by the name of Wallis Simpson. The ensuing romance would lead to the loss of the Kingship and a panic that spread across the length of the entire Commonwealth. Edward, Duke of Windsor, married Wallis Simpson in June 1937. His wife took on the title of Duchess of Windsor. She would not, however, be given the title of Her Royal Highness. The couple found themselves exiled from Britain and shunned by Royal family members. They would spend the majority of the rest of their lives living in France. On May 28, 1972 Edward died at the age of 77. Wallis died on April 24, 1986 at the age of 89.
The story was a sensation and all newspapers were full of details of the affair - as we may see here, also in Poland. In Poland, in 1937 was composed a song - in the tango metrum, of course (here: Stare polskie tango 63 !...) - „Gdy król pokocha" - „When a king has fallen in love, he will renounce sceptre and crown ! - which was of course the direct reference to the event.
It is all presented in my video which ends, however, in a happy-end: the last photo is showing already a Royal couple; King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visiting Paris in Summer, 1939. The moment - for the history of Europe would turn out to be, unfortunately, an unhappy start.
Record, sound, visuals - JPs, author of the video, collection.