Lead: Born in the last decade of the Victorian Era, Edward, Prince of Wales developed into a popular and elegant if a not a little self-indulgent heir to the English throne.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Edward received early education as a naval officer before undergraduate studies at Magdalen College, Oxford. During World War I he served as a staff officer in France, Egypt and Italy. After the war he began the better part of a decade as roving ambassador for the government. Spreading a message of goodwill,  he spoke to enthusiastic crowds first in Canada and the United States and then throughout the British Empire. Built up by fawning press coverage and followed in print by millions of people who never could seem to get enough news about the royal family, Edward's popularity seemed to know no bounds. He emerged from this period as a glamorous personality, handsome, cultured, athletic, and above all, very single. He was by 1931 Europe's most eligible bachelor.

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