1936 - King Edward VIII Abdication
10th December. The new King Edward VIII abdicated. He spoke to the nation of his “final and irrevocable decision to give up his great heritage”. In the darkness of the night this ex-king and freeman of the City of Portsmouth travelled by road to Portsmouth, entering the Dockyard by the Unicorn Gate and on down to the jetty were he embarked without ceremony in the destroyer Fury and, escorted by the destroyer Wolfhound, sailed at 2 am on 11th December.