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On reflection...The blotted history of the Royal abdication.<br />
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A sheet of blotting paper used to dry the Royal signatures on the document confirming the abdication of King Edward VIII has come to light after 78 years.<br />
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The Instrument of Abdication was signed by the outgoing playboy monarch along with his three brothers who were witnesses to the historic moment.<br />
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They were Albert, who became King George VI, Henry, the Duke of Gloucester and George, the Duke of Kent.<br />
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Seven identical documents were signed by the brothers at Windsor Castle and for each one a layer of blotting paper was placed over the top to dry the ink of the fountain pen.