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Prince Edward's Visit to India Came at the Worse Possible Time

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Prince Edward's Visit to India Came at the Worse Possible Time

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In 1921, India was in the throes of its independence movement, led by Mahatma Gandhi. By the time Prince Edward arrived there, as part of a royal tour of the Empire, tensions were at boiling point.

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Monarchies surrounding Britain were falling fast in 1918, and King George V knew he needed to rebrand if he wanted to hold onto his throne. He changed the family name from the German "Saxe-Coburg and Gotha" to the quintessentially British "Windsor," and then sent his children out into the world to win over the hearts and minds of the British public. Thanks to newly released diaries and letters of the king's children, we go behind the royal facade to reveal secrets and untold family dramas.

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