Tuesday, June 19, 2012

THE LOVELY ONES: Wallis Simpson, The Duchess of Windsor

The Duchess of Windsor
(Bessie Wallis Warfield)

Did you know.....

1. She was born on June 19, 1896 in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania.
2. She was an only child raised by her mother after the death of her father, Teackle Wallis Warfield, only 5 months after she was born.
3. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland as both her maternal and paternal families were long-time residents, making it easier for her and her mother to depend on charity from various wealthier relatives during Wallis' early years prior to her mother re-marrying.
4. She was twice divorced before she married The Duke of Windsor, the former King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne of England to take Wallis as his wife. As a divorced woman with two living ex-husbands, Wallis was not considered a suitable Queen consort for the King of England and the Commonwealth, thus forcing King Edward to relinquish his title.
5. She was known to have a remarkably fabulous jewellery collection given to her by the Duke of Windsor that raised over $45 million dollars at a Sotheby's auction after her death,
6. Since she was never considered a 'traditional' beauty due to her heavy, masculine features, Wallis compensated  for her lack of good looks by always being immaculately groomed and dressed to perfection. Regarded as one of the greatest style icons of the 20th century, she was named to Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed 'Hall of Fame' in 1958.

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Elizabeth {Ms Classic Glamour} said...

Very cool! Love these posts... it's so cool to learn about fashionable people from the past!
Have a beautiful day, Hun!

Champagne Macarons said...

Wonderful post, Lily! Although it did not receive rave reviews, I want to see the movie of Wallis Simpson, W.E., directed by Madonna. Have you seen it? Despite what others said of her, I think she was a lovely woman, and her jewel collection... amazing! xoxo, B

Bethany said...

Love it! I've often heard that her carefully tailored clothes were always perfect.

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

I had no idea she was a Baltimore girl–such an icon!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Anastasia,

Both my husband and I have always admired Wallis Simpson. She had true inner beauty and their love was stronger than the ambition to the throne! A shame that they got punished that way by having to live away from his beloved country. Guess that there are other so-called royals that would lack the integrity this couple had. Only sad that she had two divorces but so what? There are far more darker pages that remain with others. She at least dared to live her love.
Have a great start of summer.
Love to you,

Second Hand Rose said...

Although she got an awful lot of bad press, like you said she was a real style icon and was seen in some amazing clothes! Thanks for the great facts! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

Miss Janice said...

I have a couple of books about her and I thought she was very stylish and chic!!! Your post has sparked my interest and I think I'll get out those books and re-read them!