Designer: L. Harradine
Issue: 1926 – 1938
Edward, the eldest son of George V, was invested as Prince of Wales in 1911. Edward was a popular social figure, as suggested by the style of this model which was based on a painting of Edward by Sir Alfred Munnings, first exhibited in June 1921. On the death of his father he succeeded to the throne but only reigned briefly as Edward VIII before abdicating in 1936 in order to marry Mrs Simpson. His continuing popularity, despite the shock of this event, may explain why this figure remained in production long after the abdication.
Edward was a keen horseman and raced frequently on his tours of the colonies. His interest was started by his father who reputedly told him as a young man, If you can’t ride well, I’m afraid people will call you a duffer”.