The Windsor Collection: Portrait of a Duchess

For many, the legacy of the Duchess of Windsor is her status as a style icon, a reputation earned predominantly through her love of French fashions and her exquisite taste in jewellery. But she was also renowned for her flair for interior design and those who visited the Windsors at their Parisian villa at 4Continue reading “The Windsor Collection: Portrait of a Duchess”

Wallis on Film: Edward and Mrs Simpson, 1978

The story of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor has been told time and time again in newspaper articles and movies but there is one telling of the tale which remains the best known and is perhaps the most definitive. Edward and Mrs Simpson, first broadcast in 1978, is based on a somewhat controversial biographyContinue reading “Wallis on Film: Edward and Mrs Simpson, 1978”

The Wallis Archive: Elsa vs Wallis, a Right Royal Feud

Some people collect coins. Others collect stamps or baseball cards. But one woman is legendary in American history for collecting people: Elsa Maxwell. Maxwell’s name will be familiar to fans of Irving Berlin who may remember her being namechecked in the song ‘The Hostess with the Mostess’ as performed by Ethel Merman in the 1953Continue reading “The Wallis Archive: Elsa vs Wallis, a Right Royal Feud”

Opinion: Two Very Different Duchesses

A Prince with strong opinions and a firm conviction to do things differently. An American divorcee with a naive understanding of the ruthlessness of the Firm. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? It was inevitable that when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their intention to step down from royal duties last night, comparisons would beContinue reading “Opinion: Two Very Different Duchesses”

The Wallis Archive: Cooking with the Duchess

At the height of the Edwardian era a troubling rumour was sweeping through the dusty drawing rooms of Belgravia, a rumour which shocked and delighted in equal measure. It was said that just a few days earlier at Buckingham Palace, Queen Alexandra had taken an unprecedented move which ruffled the feathers of many an ancientContinue reading “The Wallis Archive: Cooking with the Duchess”

The Windsor Collection: The Mystery of Queen Alexandra’s Emeralds

Of the many loves attributed to the Duchess of Windsor during her lifetime, one is beyond doubt the most obvious. Whilst she clearly adored both her Prince and her pugs, jewels were a huge part of the Windsor story. When Wallis died in 1986, ravenous collectors could hardly contain their excitement as it was confirmedContinue reading “The Windsor Collection: The Mystery of Queen Alexandra’s Emeralds”

The Wallis Archive: The Day the Emperor came to tea

In October 1971, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were still reeling from the surprise of one royal visit when they immediately began to prepare for another. The first had come from the Prince of Wales, then a young man of 24, who’s contact with his Uncle David and Aunt Wallis had been severely restrictedContinue reading “The Wallis Archive: The Day the Emperor came to tea”