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Edward VII
King of Great Britain & The United Kingdom 1901 – 1910.
Born :November 9, 1841 at Buckingham Palace, London.
Died :May 6, 1910 at Buckingham Palace, London.
Interred :St. George's Chapel, Windsor, Berkshire.

Edward VII came to the succession on the death of his mother, Queen Victoria who holds the distinction of being the longest reigning monarch at 63 years and 7 months. This also means that Edward, being Prince of Wales at birth, is the longest reigning at 59-years and 2 months.

Albert Edward, or Bertie as he was known to family and friends, took his second name, becoming Edward VII, the last King Edward being the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour. He had more or less been king in all but title, and power, from the death of his father in December 1861. His mother, Queen Victoria went into mourning, leaving Edward to fulfil royal duties. Prior to this he had spent his time travelling, a tour taking in North America and Canada with vast crowds to greet him.

As is the form with Hanover monarchs, Victoria didn’t get along with her son and heir. He had gained himself something of a reputation as a playboy with a liking for actresses. It was only two weeks before his death that Albert traveled to see Edward, even though he wasn’t feeling well, but needed to reprimand his son after being caught in a compromising situation with an actress named Nellie Clifden. Victoria thought the trip to see Edward contributed towards Albert’s death, putting the guilt on the 20-year-old and never being able to forgive him. Not wishing to see him, Edward was sent on a tour of the Middle East, taking in Jerusalem and Egypt. During these tours he made invaluable friendships and contacts.

Edward’s wife was chosen for him by his parents, though Prince Albert didn’t get to see the marriage take place. As became the custom, the children of Victoria and Albert married into royal houses and Edward’s wife, who was 3-years younger, was the daughter of Prince Christian, in line to the throne of Denmark.

As the marriage drew near, Denmark became entangled in a volatile situation, but Princess Alexandra Caroline Marie Charlotte Louise Julia of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderberg-Glucksburg was distantly related to the British royal family, and even though a long way down the list, was in line to the succession. Her parents didn’t take part in court life as King Frederick had married for a third time to what Alexandra’s family considered unsuitable as Louise Rasmusson had been the king’s mistress.

Alexandra, or Alix as she was known to family, didn’t grow up with all the trappings and finery associated with royalty but was taught English which would help to endear her future subjects to her.

Queen Victoria had the marriage go ahead amidst her own concerns and those of her politicians, but the choice had partly been that of Prince Albert, and that would have been good enough for Victoria.

Alexandra accepted her husband’s long line of mistresses, even though she may not have liked them. She was by far too regal to be anything other than polite when meeting and greeting them in a social setting.

The marriage produced six children, five living beyond infancy. The first born was a son and heir to the throne, though he never saw the title of king or Prince of Wales as he more or less conveniently died at the age of 28, before his grandmother, Queen Victoria.

The queen had a hand in his name, Albert Victor being so called after both Albert and herself, though family and friends called him Eddie. Victoria also chose his tutors, though he never excelled at his studies, possibly being dyslexic. It was during childhood that he also began to suffer mild epileptic fits.

If Edward’s wanton ways were a burden to Victoria and Albert, then it came twofold in the form of Albert Victor. During his short lifetime it was left to his father who was Prince of Wales at the time, to cover what became known as the Cleveland Street Scandal. At the time homosexuality and its acts were illegal in the eyes of the law and would be so for another 78 years.

It was on Cleveland Street where a brothel was set up for such activities, and it was when police raided the place and questioned the male prostitutes, that not only a member of Edward’s household was named but that of the prince. The allegation was adamantly denied and remains a “did he, didn’t he” mystery that has produced many books.

Prince Albert Victor was not just left to be a scandal of his sexual orientation, as historians often link him to Jack the Ripper with suggestions that he was the serial killer, even though on two occasions when murders took place, the Prince was nowhere near London, but some still include him in the line-up of suspects.

After suffering a bout of influenza, possibly turning to pneumonia, Prince Albert Victor died on January 14, 1892 while the last official victim of Jack the Ripper, Mary Kelly, was found in November 1888.

Prince Victor’s wife had already been chosen for him though a ceremony with Mary of Teck never took place, and being of a mind not to let a good thing go to waste, Mary was passed on to Albert Victor’s brother and new heir, Prince George.

The third child, a daughter named Louise went on to marry Alexander Duff who was elevated for the occasion from being Earl to Duke of Fife. Princess Victoria was born 17-months later. She never married though there were many suitors. Like Queen Victoria who was loath to let her daughter, Beatrice leave her side, Mary dissuaded her daughter from marrying and Victoria remained with her mother up to her death, and thereafter moved to the village of Iver in Buckinghamshire. Her death in 1935 affected her brother who at the time was George V.

Another daughter was born, Princess Maud. A match was found for her that saw her become Queen of Norway, producing one child, a boy who became King Olav V. The last was a son, Prince Alexander John who lived for just one day, leaving Edward and Mary with just one son to succeed him; that was when Edward finally got to the throne after his mother’s long reign.

Edward had many mistresses while Prince of Wales and during his reign. Some were discreet affairs while others flaunted the fact that they were, for the time being, Edward’s favourite.

Edward married Alexandra at Windsor Castle in St. George’s Chapel amidst several prestigiously interred kings. The couple made a home for themselves at Marlborough House, using Sandringham in Norfolk as a country retreat. For Edward, being married didn’t mean he was going to change his ways as in the following year he took the Duke of Newcastle’s daughter as his mistress. Lady Susan Pelham-Clinton had been married four years, a marriage that was unhappy and abusive, and when her husband died Edward must have been very consoling. There are conjectures that she had a child by Edward but he never claimed any illegitimate children and when accused of committing adultery with the wife of Sir Charles Mordaunt, Edward, in a court of law, denied such a thing.

Notable ladies in Edward’s life was the like of Lady Randolph Churchill, who being married to Lord Randolph Churchill, helped to elevate his career.

One of the most famous of Edward’s mistresses was Lillie Langtry. Lillie married Edward Langtry who at 26-years-old was already a widower, but was wealthy in the eyes of his new bride, being a land owner and having his own yacht.

Lillie soon talked her new husband into moving from the Channel Islands to the more exciting life of London. Renting a house in Belgravia, Lillie caught the attention of an artist and agreeing to sit for him, her beauty was caught on canvas in a painting named “The Jersey Lily” from whence she came.

The painting and her beauty elevated her and her husband in the social circles and it wasn’t long before Lillie came under the scrutiny of the Prince of Wales. Edward probably thought the relationship would last much longer, but it ended quite bitterly after only three years. Playing out the part of husband and wife, it was in 1877 that Edward had a house built at Bournemouth in Dorset where they could entertain friends away from the prying eyes of London gossip. Lillie had a say in the design and decorating, truly placing her stamp on the place which she named The Red House. It was on holding a fancy dress party where Lillie wore the same costume as Edward that the relationship came to a frosty end. Complaining that Lillie should choose the same costume, she put ice down his back and that was the last time Edward and Lillie used the house. It still stands today, though is now the Langtry Manor House Hotel which is said to be haunted by Lillie Langtry as her decorating style can still be found within its walls. Lillie is also said to haunt another hotel in London’s Knightsbridge. She lived in a house on the corner of Pont Street which became integrated into the Cadogan Hotel that claims Lillie still haunts there. Her presence is felt more often during the quiet times and especially at Christmas.

Sarah Bernhardt, dubbed “the most famous actress in the world”, travelled extensively to play at some of the most prestigious theatres. Sarah had a string of lovers and with Edward’s liking for actresses it’s not surprising that she became romantically linked with the Prince of Wales sometime around 1889.

Another of the Prince’s favourites, the Countess of Warwick often held séances and the like at Warwick Castle. Holding one of her sessions along with a group of friends, it led to horrendous consequences. It’s said the air took on an evil atmosphere, causing Daisy Greville’s friends to flee in terror. The room was sealed off for several years and could well be the same entity that makes banging sounds that have been heard within the castle walls.

A long-term mistress and one that was allowed by Edward’s bed when he was dying, at his request to see her, was Alice Keppel.

Alice was 23-years-old when she married George Keppel, a son of the 7th Earl of Ablemarle. But a title is nothing without powerful friends, and due to Alice, the Keppel’s rose in the ranks of the social ladder.

Having numerous affairs, Alice quickly came to the attention of Edward, even though there was a 26 year age difference. The affair began just after they met in 1898 and continued until Edward’s death in 1910.

Alice was the great-grandmother of Camilla Parker-Bowles who going a step further than Alice was first mistress to the current Prince of Wales and then in a civil ceremony married him.

Edward was a highly superstitious man; always looking for omens to give warnings, being horrified if something should occur that could bring bad luck. Interestingly, Edward was told by a palm reader that the numbers 6 and 9 would guide his life. Both his names of Albert and Edward contain six letters and he was born on the 9th day of August. He ruled for 9 years, dying at the age of 69.

Like his mother and wife, Edward also entertained spiritualists, favouring one of the renowned of the day, Jessie Sheperd, yet when he received news from Mrs Henrietta Jameson with a message from his sister, Alice who had died in 1878, he was most upset, enough so to tell a mutual friend, the Countess of Fingall. Henrietta Jameson had sent the King a warning saying, “The time is short. You must prepare.” And to add credence to the message gave an account of a time when Edward and Alice gathered white heather, which is something Edward believed that Mrs Jameson could not have possibly known. The message also seems to have been correct with Edward passing away five months later.

A similar message is said to have been received by Queen Alexandra during a séance. Alexandra took an interest in mediumship as table tipping and attempts to contact the dead were an entertaining pastime. On one of these occasions a spiritualist was brought to Windsor Castle with a dozen or so people invited to take part. Many of the guests received messages but the mood grew sombre when a message came through for Alexandra about her husband, a prophesy that the king would die in the house where he was born followed by the outbreak of a great war. This also turned out to be true as Edward VII died at Buckingham Palace, the place of his birth, and of course his death was followed 4 years later by The Great War, also known as World War I.

Alexandra also had her own paranormal experiences. Whether true or not, there is an account of the queen telling a close friend that while staying at Windsor Castle, possibly the most haunted house in England, that at night she would often hear music and singing. It was also at Windsor that she is said to have seen the spirit of a tall female dressed in blue and white.

Edward was in France when he collapsed, suffering from a severe bout of bronchitis. Though political tensions were on the rise, the Kings illness was kept private, leading to criticism when he didn’t return immediately to England.

Edward eventually returned but only to suffer a heart attack. He went into a frenzied state, wishing to see his mistress, Alice Keppel who often calmed the king when he got into one of his moods, but this last time she was dragged away, thinking of her plight as she cried out, “What is to become of me!”

Edward VII died at 11.45pm on Friday May 6, after a short reign of 9 years and just over 3 months. After death he evidently remained in contact with his wife through a medium named John Sloan, but he seems to have been in more regular contact with one of his mistresses, the Countess of Warwick. She would communicate with Edward through sittings with a medium and also automatic writing, but eventually the messages stopped and Edward must have moved on.


George V

King of Great Britain & The United Kingdom 1910 – 1936.
Born :June 3, 1865 at Marlborough House, London.
Died :January 20, 1936 at Sandringham House, Norfolk.
Interred :St. George's Chapel, Windsor, Berkshire.

On the death of his father, George Frederick Ernest Albert became King George V of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions as well as Emperor of India.

On his birth he wasn’t expected to become king, having an older brother, Albert Victor who had been granted the title Duke of Clarence.

Prince Albert Victor was born two months premature and this may have possibly caused problems in childhood such as being slow to learn along with a mild form of epilepsy.

With only 17 months separating Albert Victor and his brother George, the two boys were tutored together and later, at the ages of 12 and 13 years old, were sent to serve on the Royal Navy’s training ship, HMS Britannia, accompanied by their tutor, John Neale Dalton.

After touring the British Empire, when Prince Albert Victor reached the age of 18 he was sent to continue his studies at Cambridge University while George continued with a naval career.

During his time he served for many years under his uncle, Prince Alfred who was the fourth child of Queen Victoria. With Albert also being the second son this meant he was second in line to the throne after his brother until the future Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark began a family of their own.

Prince Albert joined the navy at his own request and didn’t marry until the age of 30-years-old. Of course, being the son of such a prestigious monarch his wife was from among the titled houses and having met the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia three years previously, the couple married at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg in 1874. Having five children, one son and four daughters, George had taken a liking to Marie who was 10 years younger.

George actually proposed marriage to Marie but it was always a matter for the parents and though they were first cousins, both Edward and Alfred were happy with the match but the two mothers were set against such a union.

Although Marie’s mother had married into the British royal family, she resented them in that she had been refused to be allowed to style herself “Her Imperial Royal Highness” and was known as “Her Royal Highness” at Queen Victoria’s insistence. Maria also felt her pedigree meant she was of higher rank than the Princess of Wales which led to a dislike between the two women.

Finding the drawbacks of marrying a second son rather than heir to the throne, when her daughter wished to marry George, she set out to block the marriage as did George’s mother. And seeing how her daughter at 17-years-old was ready for marriage, proposed a union with Prince Ferdinand of Romania where in a loveless marriage she became Queen Consort up to Ferdinand’s death in 1927.

It was in November 1891 that Prince Albert Victor became officially engaged to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck. Keeping it in the family, May as she was known to family and friends, was a distant cousin with her mother being first cousin to Queen Victoria.

Whether the marriage would have been a happy one or not given that Albert Victor could fall in love so easily is difficult to say, but it was not meant to be as six weeks later the prince became a victim of an influenza epidemic that was sweeping the country. This in turn developed into pneumonia with the news of his death sending the nation into mourning.

It wasn’t until 1962, 70-years after his death that Prince Albert Victor was considered to be Jack the Ripper with stories that the family knew this to be fact and either had him killed or faked his death and had him committed to an asylum.

When Albert Victor died this more or less put an end to George’s naval career. Being the only surviving son with four sisters, he couldn’t go off taking risks.

George, who had thought his brother an idle wastrel, often saying so, wished he could take back his words and consoling his brother’s fiancée, the two became quite close, in fact close enough that in May 1893 they became engaged.

It was a successful marriage with George being nothing like his father in never taking a mistress with the couple making a home for themselves at York Cottage situated on the Sandringham estate and producing six children, four during the reign of Queen Victoria.

The last child, a boy named John Charles Francis died at the age of 13 years and 6 months. Like his uncle, Prince Albert Victor, Prince John was epileptic, having his first attack at 4-years-old. Over the next eight years his health deteriorated that it’s thought that George and Mary were cold and distant in setting the boy up with his own separate household on the Sandringham estate at Wood Farm with his own servants, being like the king’s of old.

The boy didn’t spend his life bed-ridden, being taken on outings to the sea or countryside and had the company of a girl from Yorkshire with Winifred Thomas being sent to live with her uncle in the countryside to help with her asthma. It was January 18, 1919, with the attacks increasing in velocity that Prince John succumbed.

This was the last time the name John was used by the royal family with only one John having been king from 1199 to 1216 who is now associated with the Robin Hood legends. George also had a younger brother that was named Alexander John who died shortly after birth and so when Princess Diana wished to name her first son John, from her father John Spencer, she was persuaded to choose another name due to the superstition.

On the death of Queen Victoria, George became Prince of Wales, taking on the duties that come with the title. Although George had already seen many places during his naval tour, he travelled again, this time with his wife.

Up to the death of Edward VII, Mary had always signed herself Victoria Mary but on becoming Queen as consort to George, it was decided that instead of Queen Victoria, that she should use her second name and became known as Queen Mary.

It was four years into the reign of George V that the Great War began, lasting for four years, only becoming known as World War One when the Second World War began in 1939.

With the advancement of technology weapons had become more lethal, leading to more than 9 million deaths of those in the armed forces alone. The European empires were held together by a fragile peace with pacts and alliances holding a stand off, but that all ended on June 28, 1914 when the Austria-Hungary heir to the throne was assassinated during a visit to Sarajevo.

Country invaded country leading to territories gained and lost, rewriting the map of Europe.

Wilhelm II was the last Emperor of Germany, his father having been Frederick III and his mother Victoria, Princess Royal, the eldest child of Queen Victoria. His father was already in the late stages of throat cancer when he came to the throne and so it was 99 days later that the 29-year-old Wilhelm became Emperor, more often known as Kaiser and King of Prussia.

He was not prepared to be a puppet monarch and took an active interest in politics and his people. Forcing his chancellor, Bismarck to resign, he placed his own people in power.

It’s believed that Wilhelm was mentally unstable, going into bouts of rage to moods of depression. His paranoia led him to believe that England, France and Russia were plotting to take his empire for themselves.

He already had a dislike of the British, blaming British doctors for the death of his father and his own withered arm due to being a breach birth as his mother would only have doctors attend her from her homeland.

It was during the war that in Great Britain the monarchy began to lose favour. It was more a case of a family at war bringing in their subjects to fight as the Saxe-Coburg clans battled it out.

It was in 1917, one year before the end of the war that George V issued a royal proclamation severing the ties with German roots and so changing the name of the British Royal House to Windsor after the royal residence, Windsor Castle.

The war took a lot out of the king and in the later years of his 26 year reign his health suffered.

He may have lingered longer in life as it wasn’t until 1986 that the truth came out when his physician, Lord Dawson’s diary was published. Of course, Dawson who had been President of the College of Physicians and physician to the royal family was long gone, having died in 1945.

The diary stated that the last words of George V was “God damn you” as he was injected with a lethal cocktail to speed on his passing.

Dawson’s reasons were to save the family from the drawn out stress of waiting for the life to ebb, but more importantly so the announcement could be made in the morning edition of The Times newspaper rather than the lower class news sheets.

Even though he was murdered by his doctor, George V seems to have passed peacefully over as there are no reports of him haunting, though when he was younger he did have a paranormal experience of his own.

It was when he and Prince Albert Victor were on a three year voyage as part of their naval cadet training on the Bacchante. There are many strange things at sea, many involving phantom ships with one of these being The Flying Dutchman. This is a legendary tale dating back to the 1700’s in which the ship is attempting to sail around the Cape of Good Hope but never being able to make it to port. Those who have come across the ship and tried to make contact with those on board are said to have received messages to give to those who are long dead.

During the 19th and 20th centuries there were many reported sightings of The Flying Dutchman, something that wasn’t wished for as the appearance of the doomed ship is a bad omen.

It was at 4am on July 11, 1881, just off the coast of Australia, that The Flying Dutchman crossed the bows of the Bacchante. The Prince’s tutor, John Dalton recorded the incident in his diary as did George himself, describing a strange red light surrounding the brig with masts and sails that could be clearly seen, though no ship was really there as it crossed the port bow and then was gone. This vision was seen by thirteen aboard the Bacchante but only twelve lived to tell the tale as at 10.45am the seaman who had been the first to see The Flying Dutchman, Henry Youle, fell to his death from the mast.

George V was interred at St. George’s Chapel alongside other king’s with his wife joining him 17 years later.


Edward VIII

King of Great Britain & The United Kingdom 20th of January – 11th of December 1936.
Born :June 23, 1894 at White Lodge, Richmond, Surrey.
Died :May 28, 1972 at Paris, France.
Interred :Frogmore, Windsor, Berkshire.

If there ever was a story of romance in that a man would give up the crown for the woman he loved then Edward must be it. And that is why Edward VIII only ruled for 326 days. 

Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David, known to family and friends as David, was born at White Lodge that at the time was a royal residence situated within the grounds of Richmond Park, Surrey.

In 1955 the Sadler’s Wells Ballet was granted permanent use of the old mansion which with continued renovations houses both students and staff.

Edward was a long way from being king at his birth with Queen Victoria still being alive and so was third in line after his grandfather who became Edward VII and his father George V.

Edward became Prince of Wales at 16-years-old on the death of Edward VII.

Having joined the Grenadier Guards, Edward was set to go into battle when the Great War came but was blocked by parliament wanting to keep the heir to the throne as safe as possible.

He travelled extensively, touring the empire that he was one day expected to rule. He also brought concern to both parliament and his family as he appeared to have no interest in marrying, instead having a line of mistresses. When he reached the age of thirty-six he was given Fort Belvedere on the Windsor estate which he made his home where he was able to entertain friends and the many women that adored the handsome prince.

It was during this time that he was having an affair with an American, Lady Furness who gained her title by marrying the British peer, Marmaduke Furness. Their relationship began in 1930 when she accompanied Edward on Safari in Africa.

It was Lady Furness, otherwise known as Thelma, who introduced the Prince of Wales to her friend and fellow American, Wallis Simpson. And though the story of their love is well known, with Edward being besotted with Wallis, it wasn’t love at first sight, an instant passion. It was two years later that Thelma went to spend several weeks with her sister in New York and when she returned found that Wallis had taken her place.

Edward may have married Wallis sooner if she hadn’t had to wait for her divorce fr Ernest Aldrich Simpson. And it wasn’t just the one marriage the royal family frowned upon as Wallis had also married and divorced an American named Earl Spencer.

Edward was trained to be king, to do the right thing, and that meant giving up Wallis, but on the other hand he was a spoilt child that had grown into a stubborn man. Maybe even telling him he couldn’t marry Wallis made him want her even more.

It was during a party at Buckingham Palace that Edward introduced Bessie Wallis Simpson to his parents. In a much stricter and straight laced society, at least on the surface, George V was outraged as divorcees were not usually allowed to attend the royal court.

Though Edward denied having an affair with Wallis, to his father at least, friends of the couple and staff at Fort Belvedere knew differently. There was no news of the couple in the United Kingdom but the love affair was widely reported around the world.

The day after the demise of George V, now that Edward was king he felt he could have Wallis by his side and was with him at St. James Palace, much to the distress of his family.

Edward saw a simple solution, proposing that he could marry Wallis but that it would be morganic in that she wouldn’t take the title of queen including that any children they produced would also not inherit, which was even less acceptable as the duty of the monarch is to produce offspring to assure the line. This was vetoed not only by the British government but also Australia and South Africa who felt that Wallis was a woman of boundless ambition.

By December the scandal could no longer be withheld from the British subjects and as the news of the affair and Edward’s plan to marry a woman who was still already married to her second husband, Wallis fled the country.

She was ready to give him up but Edward had set himself on a path that he wasn’t going to shy away from. It was a choice, either the crown or Wallis and choosing the latter, if he had hoped to call their bluff, Edward soon found he was up against some formidable foes and accepting his abdication, he made a statement that was broadcast on radio to the nation.

Edward then left for Austria, remaining apart from Wallis until her divorce was finalised as they didn’t want it compromised with her having filed against Ernest Simpson for adultery naming her best friend, Mary Kirk as corespondent.

The couple married on June 3, 1937, six months after Edward’s abdication in a private ceremony in France where they used the title Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Edward soon found that choosing Wallis over his subjects also meant choosing her over his family.

Leaving his brother with the difficult task of being king, not something he had expected or was really ready for, George VI ordered that none of the family was to attend the wedding.

Edward had also expected his exile to be temporary, just until things settled down, but also found this not to be the case. He was annoyed that Wallis had been refused to style herself Her Royal Highness, lowering her rank, and then there was the case of an allowance. Edward had lived well from the revenues of the Duchy of Cornwall as well as payments for being Prince of Wales. He also owned Sandringham House and Balmoral Castle in his own right as he inherited them from his father. In need of finances to live in France, Edward agreed to sell the properties to his brother who paid less than Edward felt they were worth. An allowance that had been informally agreed upon also became unacceptable with Edward constantly calling his brother for more funds.

Although the allowance may not have been enough to keep them in the lifestyle they expected and what Edward was used to, it was this that kept them from returning to Britain with threats that if they did return without an invitation the allowance would be stopped.

Not everyone agreed that Edward should have to give up the throne in the name of love and that he should be able to have both. There were demonstrations but nothing on the scale that would make the government even think of changing their mind.

But Edward hadn’t given up on becoming king and to that effect there was one man that could possibly help him achieve that goal and that was Adolf Hitler. In return Hitler used the couple in a propaganda campaign with news reels of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor visiting Germany and Edward even giving the Nazi salute.

During the war the couple moved to the Bahamas where they could do little damage to morale with Edward already having been accused of giving Hitler plans for the allies defence of Belgium, being made governor. It was an idyllic life of parties, golf and trips to the Florida mainland where they were kept under surveillance by the FBI. It was during this time that agents recorded information pertaining to Wallis who having had an affair with Joachim von Ribbentrop while he was Ambassador in London, on remaining in contact with him was continuing to pass on fragile information and with Edward’s sympathies lying towards Hitler’s dream ideals, he may well have encouraged this.

After the war they returned to France where they took up a house for a nominally low rent with the French government making them exempt from paying income tax.

During the 50’s and 60’s they became part of the café society and integrated themselves into the jet set, hosting parties and rubbing shoulders with the elite as they travelled between Paris and New York.

When his brother, George VI died in 1952, leaving his daughter Elizabeth to ascend the throne, Edward said it was contrary for a former sovereign to attend a coronation, not that he hadn’t been invited as the rift was even wider than before between the Windsor's and the royal family. Instead Edward and Wallis watched on television a ceremony that he had never got for himself. He wrote an article about the coronation for the Sunday Express as well as a couple of other books, one on fashion.

In 1971 Edward was diagnosed with throat cancer and when he died on May 28, 1972 he was returned home and interred in the royal cemetery at Frogmore near Windsor Castle.

Wallis who is almost always referred to as Mrs Simpson, remained in France holding onto the many gifts of jewellery Edward had given her, including some he had no rights to as they were part of the crown jewels. On Wallis’ death 14 years later on April 24, 1986, these were sold at auction.

Wallis was placed beside the Duke who gave up a kingdom for the woman he loved.


George VI
King of Great Britain & The United Kingdom 1936 – 1952.
Born :December 14, 1895 at Sandringham House, Norfolk.
Died :February 6, 1952 at Sandringham House, Norfolk.
Interred :St. George's Chapel, Windsor, Berkshire.

 


Elizabeth II
King of Great Britain & The United Kingdom from 1952.
Born :         April 11, 1926 at 22 Burton Street, Mayfair, London.

 


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