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Marrying a King of England
Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania
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Bois de Boulogne, Paris, France
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Wallis, Duchess of Windsor (previously Wallis Simpson; previously Wallis Spencer; born Bessie Wallis Warfield; 19 June 1895 or 1896 – 24 April 1986) was the American wife of Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor.
After two unsuccessful marriages, she allegedly became the mistress of Edward, Prince of Wales in 1934. Two years later, after Edward`s accession as King, he proposed marriage. The King`s desire to wed a twice-divorced American with two living ex-husbands and a reputation as an opportunist caused a constitutional crisis in the United Kingdom and the Dominions, which ultimately led to the king`s abdication in order to marry "the woman I love".
After the abdication, the former king was created Duke of Windsor by his brother George VI; Edward married Wallis six months later. Following this marriage, she was formally known as the Duchess of Windsor, without the style "Her Royal Highness". Before, during and after World War II, the Windsors were suspected by many in government and society of being Nazi sympathisers.
In the 1950s and 1960s, she and the duke shuttled between Europe and the United States, living a life of leisure as society celebrities. After his death in 1972, the duchess lived in seclusion and was rarely seen in public. Her private life has been a source of much speculation, and she remains a controversial figure in British history.
Oldfields School, Glencoe, MD. (1912-1914)
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Bessie Wallis Warfield
Wallis Simpson (born Bessie Wallis Warfield; 19 June 1896 – 24 April 1986), later known as the Duchess of Windsor, was an American socialite whose intended marriage to the British king Edward VIII caused a constitutional crisis that led to Edward's abdication.
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==Wallis, Duchess of Windsor== (previously [[Wallis Simpson]] and [[Wallis Spencer]], born [[Bessie Wallis Warfield]]; 19 June 1896 – 24 April 1986) was an American socialite. Her third husband, Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII, abdicated his throne to marry her.
==Duchess of Windsor== Royalty - ====Date of Birth==== 19 June 1896, Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, USA
====Date of Death==== 24 April 1986, Bois de Boulogne, Paris, France (bronchial pneumonia)
====Birth Name==== Bessie Wallis Warfield
====Height==== 5' 2" (1.57 m)
===Mini Bio (1)=== ====Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson Windsor==== was born in 1896 to a distinguished family. In 1916 she married Lt. Earl Winfield ("Win") Spencer, a pilot for the U.S. Navy. After World War I, Win began to drink heavily and became abusive. Wallis left Win and eventually divorced him in December 1927. Just six months later, Wallis married Ernest Simpson, who worked in the shipping business. The couple settled in London and attended social parties. At Lady Furness's house in 1931, she met Prince Edward and became a part of his circle of friends. In August 1934, Wallis and the Prince began an affair. On January 20, 1936, King George V, Edward's father, passed away, and Prince Edward became King Edward VIII. Edward's grief over his father's death was magnified by his acquisition of the throne, along with the responsibilities and eminence he deplored. He was often late or canceled appointments and events at the last minute. His infatuation with Wallis grew extreme, and he was severely distracted from his State duties. The relationship came to an impasse when the king was warned that the press would not remain silent much longer, and that the government might resign en masse if the liaison continued. Declaring it impossible to carry out his duties "without the help and support of the woman I love," Edward became the only monarch in British history to voluntarily abdicate the throne on December 10, 1936. His brother Albert became King George VI, and bestowed upon Edward the family name of Windsor. Wallis divorced Ernest Simpson, and she and Edward married in a small ceremony on June 3, 1937, becoming known as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The romance plunged Britain into a constitutional crisis and made Wallis "the most-talked-about, written-about, headlined and interest-compelling person in the world," according to TIME, which named her its first Woman of the Year for 1936. Wallis Simpson remains an emotional figure in history, and many descriptions of her are extremely negative. But the couple remained loyal to each other despite being shunned by the royal family. They lived the remainder of their lives in France and the Bahamas. After Edward passed away in 1972, Wallis' remaining years were spent in bed, secluded from the world. She passed away on April 24, 1986, two months shy of her 90th birthday.
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===Spouse (3)=== ====Duke of Windsor==== (3 June 1937 - 28 May 1972) (his death)
====Ernest Simpson==== (21 July 1928 - 27 April 1937) (divorced)
====Earl Winfield Spencer Jr.==== (8 November 1916 - 1927) (divorced)
===Trivia (1)=== ====Biography in:==== "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 911-912. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
===Personal Quotes (1)=== ====[on the Duke, nursing a hangover]==== I married David for better, for worse, but not for lunch.
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