Edward was born during the reign of his great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. When he was christened, he was given the name Albert at Victoria's bequest, while his last four names were given to him in tribute to the patron saints of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. His family and closest friends always called him David. His name Edward was in honor of a late uncle, and Christian in honor of his great-grandfather, a king of Denmark.
During the reign of his grandfather Edward VII, he held the dukedoms of Cornwall and Rothesay; his father was Prince of Wales. He was named Prince of Wales on his 16th birthday, nine weeks after his own father had been crowned king. He became King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth, and Emperor of India, from 20 January 1936 until his abdication on 11 December 1936.
He represented his father abroad, embarking on many tours throughout the Empire. However, he held a lack of appreciation for tradition and convention, and was a notorious and reckless womanizer.
He served in the navy for a time, and was fluent in German.
The Prince is introduced to Rose, who has come up with her Crawley relatives for her debut to society. The prince had met her father while he was on tour in India.
When Rose tells Lord Grantham of the situation, he expresses his disappointment that the prince would be such a womanizer (comparing him to his grandfather Edward VII, who had also been a womanizer). Nevertheless the monarchist Lord Grantham knows that the prince is heir to the throne and must be saved from scandal.
Though the letter is recovered and a scandal avoided, Mary (who earlier could not help but think that the prince brought the trouble down on his own head) believes that it will not be the last time he conducts himself in that manner.
He later attends a party at Grantham House, much to the surprise of his hosts. He dances with Rose. Joseph Molesley remarked to Phyllis Baxter how exciting it was to see the prince close up. She told him they could watch him from the basement steps when he left.
- At one point in the episode, Mrs Dudley Ward refers to the Prince as David, his last given name. This is historically accurate, as his family and close friends always referred to him as David.
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Behind the Scenes Edit
- Downton cast member Charles Edwards played King Edward VIII in the drama Bertie and Elizabeth.