Official: Prime Minister: HRH the Duke of Windsor.

Reference code: CHAR 20/63

Part of: CHAR 20
Next record: CHAR 20/64
Previous record: CHAR 20/62

Date: Feb 1942 - Dec 1942

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Correspondence on and with the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales].

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CHAR 20/63/1-19 Colonial Office memorandum on security and defence in the Bahamas, relating to protection of the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] following German submarine activity in Caribbean; with telegrams between the Secretary of State for the Colonies [Lord Cranborne, later 5th Lord Salisbury], Windsor, the Foreign Office and Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin], a minute by WSC to [Cranborne] and Brigadier Leslie Hollis [Secretary, Chiefs of Staff Committee] on the risk to Windsor and notes between Leslie Rowan, Anthony Bevir, John Martin and Francis Brown [Private Secretaries to WSC], Colonel Ian Jacob [Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet], Colin Thornley [Assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies] and [?] 1st Lord Hankey. 18 Feb 1942 - 19 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/63/20-37 Telegram from British Army Staff, Washington [United States] to War Office summarizing a report on protection for the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] and the Bahamas, including aerodrome defences, details of a company of Cameron Highlanders and a Canadian platoon sent to the Bahamas, coast watching, vulnerable points and internal security; also includes correspondence between Lord Cranborne [Secretary of State for the Colonies, later 5th Lord Salisbury] and WSC, including the views of Sir Walter Monckton [former Attorney- General to Windsor], on additional protection for Government House and Windsor, and Windsor's objections, and telegrams between Cranborne and Windsor and also covering correspondence between Colin Thornley [Assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies], Ruth Malleson, Private Secretary, Colonial Office and John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC]. 25 Aug 1942 - 05 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/63/38-48 Correspondence between the Foreign Office, Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin], Lord Cranborne [Secretary of State for the Colonies [later 5th Lord Salisbury], WSC and the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] concerning telegrams from Windsor to Cranborne and Halifax, requesting leave to visit New York and head a Trade Delegation to Washington; includes Halifax's view that following anti-British sentiment, the visit should be unofficial and Cranborne's concerns about Windsor heading such a delegation; also includes covering correspondence between Ruth Malleson, Private Secretary, Colonial Office, Colin Thornley [Assistant Private Secretary to Cranborne], and John Martin and Leslie Rowan [Private Secretaries to WSC]. [See also CHAR 20/63/62-68]. 18 Apr 1942 - 21 May 1942
CHAR 20/63/49-61 Correspondence between WSC, Lord Cranborne [Secretary of State for the Colonies, later 5th Lord Salisbury], "A E" [Anthony Eden, Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon], Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] and "C R A" [Clement Attlee, Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs] on a letter from the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to WSC requesting transfer from the Bahamas, preferably to Canada or the United States; includes Cranborne's view that the United States and Canada would be the worst possible places for Windsor, Eden's rejection of the idea that Windsor might visit South America and Attlee's rejection of the suggestion that Windsor become Governor of Southern Rhodesia [later Zimbabwe]; also includes acknowledgement from WSC to Windsor and covering correspondence between John Martin and Francis Brown [Private Secretaries to WSC], William [Arthur] Clark [Private Secretary to Attlee], Sir Alexander Hardinge [Private Secretary to King George VI] and the Colonial Office. [See also CHAR 20/63/69-73]. 18 Apr 1942 - 25 May 1942
CHAR 20/63/62-68 Correspondence between the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] and the Secretary of State for the Colonies [Lord Cranborne, later 5th Lord Salisbury] on Windsor's proposed visit to the United States and proposed trade delegation; includes Cranborne's approval of the delegation, but not of Windsor's intention to head it, and concern that the United States might not have been consulted. [See also CHAR 20/63/38-48]. 14 May 1942 - 24 May 1942
CHAR 20/63/69-73 Correspondence between Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] and WSC on the difficulty of the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] becoming Governor of Southern Rhodesia [later Zimbabwe]; includes note from "C R A" [Clement Attlee, Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs], suggesting Geoffrey Shakespeare [Parliamentary Under- Secretary of State, Dominions Office] for the [?] Governorship of West Africa, Sir John Wakehurst [Governor of New South Wales, Australia] for Southern Rhodesia and Charles Ammon for New South Wales; also includes covering note from John Martin to Colin Thornley [Assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies]. [See also CHAR 20/63/49-61]. 26 May 1942 - 31 May 1942
CHAR 20/63/74-92 Letter [with copy] from the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to WSC requesting royal rank to be granted to Wallis, Duchess of Windsor [earlier Wallis Simpson] in the New Year's Honours List, and also referring to the death of [George, Duke of Kent] and racial disturbances in the Bahamas, deploring self-determination for "negro populations" and enquiring about the prospects of being given a more stimulating post; with telegram from WSC advising that Windsor's request has been laid before King George VI, but will not be acted upon; also includes covering correspondence between Sir Alexander Hardinge [Private Secretary to the King], John Martin and Leslie Rowan [Private Secretaries to WSC] and Colin Thornley [Assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies]. 10 Nov 1942 - 22 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/63/93-101 Correspondence (mainly December 1942) between the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] and the Secretary of State for the Colonies [Lord Cranborne, later 5th Lord Salisbury] surrounding Windsor's visit to Florida [United States]; also includes covering correspondence between Ruth Malleson, Private Secretary, Colonial Office, John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC], Valentine Lawford [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary], and a covering note from Francis Brown [Private Secretary to WSC] to Colin Thornley [Assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies] (7 July). 07 Jul 1942 - 09 Dec 1942