Bessie Wallis Warfield

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She was divorced from her second husband on [[Oct 27]], 1936 but not before Wallis had begun an affair with [[Edward VIII, King of England|Prince Edward]] who was at that time the heir to the English throne, being the eldest son of [[George V, King of England]] and his wife Mary von Teck.  His father George having died on [[Jan 20]], 1936, Edward became King but his desire to marry Wallis was firmly resisted by the government and public.  His famous abdication speech on [[Dec 11]], 1936 stated that, "The throne means nothing to me without Wallis beside me." (''The Royals'', page 15)  They were married on [[Jun 3]], 1937 in Chateau de Cande, Maine-et-Loire, France, and lived thereafter in semi-exile from Britain.
 
She was divorced from her second husband on [[Oct 27]], 1936 but not before Wallis had begun an affair with [[Edward VIII, King of England|Prince Edward]] who was at that time the heir to the English throne, being the eldest son of [[George V, King of England]] and his wife Mary von Teck.  His father George having died on [[Jan 20]], 1936, Edward became King but his desire to marry Wallis was firmly resisted by the government and public.  His famous abdication speech on [[Dec 11]], 1936 stated that, "The throne means nothing to me without Wallis beside me." (''The Royals'', page 15)  They were married on [[Jun 3]], 1937 in Chateau de Cande, Maine-et-Loire, France, and lived thereafter in semi-exile from Britain.
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After the abdication, Edward was made Duke of Windsor by his brother, the now-King, who took the name [[George VI, King of England|George VI]]. Wallis was styled Duchess of Windsor but by a new statute created just for her, she was not called "Her Royal Highness".  This is much discussed in Kitty Kelly's book ''The Royals'', where she states that George's wife, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon better known as the Queen Mother, was jealous of Bessie because she had wanted to marry Edward herself.
 
After the abdication, Edward was made Duke of Windsor by his brother, the now-King, who took the name [[George VI, King of England|George VI]]. Wallis was styled Duchess of Windsor but by a new statute created just for her, she was not called "Her Royal Highness".  This is much discussed in Kitty Kelly's book ''The Royals'', where she states that George's wife, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon better known as the Queen Mother, was jealous of Bessie because she had wanted to marry Edward herself.

Revision as of 22:00, 18 July 2007

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