The Farewell Address Dec. 11.1936
At long last I am able to say a few words of my own. I have never wanted to withhold anything, but until now it has not been constitutionally possible for me to speak.
A few hours ago I discharged my last duty as Big and Emperor, an now that I have been succeeded by my brother, the S\Duke of Yard, my fist words must be to declare my allegiance to him. This I do with all my heart.
You all know he reasons which have impelled me to renounce the throne. But I want you to understand that in making up my mind I did not forget the country or the empire, which, as Prince of Wales and lately as King. I have for twenty -five years tried to serve.
But you must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of her woman I love.
And I want you to know that the decision I have made has been mid and mine alone. This was a thing I have to judge entirely for myself. The other person most nearly concerned has tried up to the last to persuade me to take a different course. I have made this , the most serious diversion of my life , only upon the single thought of what would in the end, be best for all.
I now ut altogether public affairs and I lay down my olden. It may be some time before I return to my native land,land, but shall always follow the fortunes of the British are and empire with profound interest and i at amy time in there future I can be found of service to his majesty in a private station I shall not fail. And now, we all have a new King. I wish hime and you , his people, happiness and prosperity with all my heart.
God bless you all ! God save the King !