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The duchess of windsor the uncommon life of wallis simpson - Duchess of Windsor - The New York Times



Edward VIII was given the honourific title of Duke of Windsor and a generous tax-free allowance. He settled in France and in May 1937, he married the American Wallis Warfield Simpson. She was allowed to use the title "Duchess of Windsor," but was forbidden from the styling of “her royal highness.” The duke took this as a snub, as indeed it was, and he never got over it. Edward’s abdication was the source of acrimony among the rest of Britain’s royal family, but there was worse—much worse—to come.

The Duke of Windsor’s paternal bloodlines were with the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha family of Germany, as have all British monarchs since Edward VII in 1901. The connection comes through Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Queen Victoria’s husband, as well as her first cousin.

The Duke of Windsor (at the time, he was the Prince of Wales) had many relatives in Germany and he spoke fluent German. As noted by The Daily Beast “The duke had always been close to his German cousins. Influenced by them he had been an early admirer of Hitler - as were many members of the British aristocracy that he moved among.”

On December 12th, a select number of jewels formerly the property of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor will hit the auction block for a second time at  Sotheby’s  in London as part of the auction house’s  Fine Jewels  sale.

A number of cigarette cases, snuff boxes, cuff links and other jeweled possessions, many of which have personal engravings and messages, offer an intimate glimpse into the private life of the former Prince of Wales and his relationships with his parents, King George V and Queen Mary, grandmother, Queen Alexandra, and, of course, Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor.

The real highlights of the Windsor jewels are the Duchess’s gorgeous custom Cartier pieces, which include an amethyst and turquoise bracelet set and matching ring, a coral bead torsade necklace with an ornate gold and carved emerald clasp and an elegant sapphire oval link bracelet.  Remembered for her cutting edge sense of style and exquisite taste in jewelry, the Duchess was also known for her intense, brazen character, which is easily illustrated by her vibrantly colored jewels featured in the sale.

Edward VIII was given the honourific title of Duke of Windsor and a generous tax-free allowance. He settled in France and in May 1937, he married the American Wallis Warfield Simpson. She was allowed to use the title "Duchess of Windsor," but was forbidden from the styling of “her royal highness.” The duke took this as a snub, as indeed it was, and he never got over it. Edward’s abdication was the source of acrimony among the rest of Britain’s royal family, but there was worse—much worse—to come.

The Duke of Windsor’s paternal bloodlines were with the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha family of Germany, as have all British monarchs since Edward VII in 1901. The connection comes through Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Queen Victoria’s husband, as well as her first cousin.

The Duke of Windsor (at the time, he was the Prince of Wales) had many relatives in Germany and he spoke fluent German. As noted by The Daily Beast “The duke had always been close to his German cousins. Influenced by them he had been an early admirer of Hitler - as were many members of the British aristocracy that he moved among.”


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