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Watch: Fascinating footage of a royal visit to Chester in 1926

Future King Edward VIII seen at the Town Hall, Chester Racecourse and Chester Cathedral

This archive footage shows one of the most controversial figures in British royal history on a visit to Chester.

The fascinating film, taken from the British Pathé archives and used here with their kind permission, was shot in 1926 when the Prince of Wales – who would later go on to be King Edward VIII – toured the city.

It shows huge crowds greeting him at the Town Hall, where the Prince hands out military medals.

The 98-second film then switches to Chester Racecourse and a parade for the royal visitor which includes boys from the Scout movement, in front of packed stands.

It concludes with the Prince laying a wreath at the war memorial at Chester Cathedral.

Edward ascended the throne as King Edward VIII following the death of his father, King George V. He abdicated after 326 days so he could pursue a relationship with American divorcee Wallis Simpson, causing an enormous constitutional crisis at the time.

Edward remains one of the shortest-reigning monarchs in British history.

You can see more films of Chester in the British Pathé archive HERE.

In pictures: Do you remember any of these visits by the Queen to Chester in the 1950s and 1960s?



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