Lead:  In 1936 Britain was faced with a constitutional crisis provoked by King Edward VIII's desire to marry a American divorcee, Wallis Simpson.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: By the mid-twentieth century the English monarchy played a largely ceremonial role in the life of the nation. The Crown did what the elected government told it to do: what ministers to appoint, where to travel, even what to say in the governmental speech at the opening of Parliament and in 1936 whom the King could marry.

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