May 4th 10.00 – 11.00 : The Mill on the Fleet : £8.00
Long before he met Wallis Simpson, Edward VIII had fallen in love with America. As a young Prince of Wales he was captivated by the energy, confidence and power of the USA as it strode onto the world stage at the end of the First World War. After a triumphant North American tour in 1919, Edward paid a number of visits to the States. America was equally fascinated by the Prince, especially his love life, and he became the first royal media celebrity through newsreels, radio and the press. Cambridge lecturer and historian Ted Powell explores the story of Edward’s life-long love affair with America - and of his ultimately doomed attempt to reconcile that love with his destiny as heir to the British throne.