Interview: Memories of the Duchess with Richard René Silvin

Of the many books written about the Duchess of Windsor, very few have been written by those who actually knew her. Richard René Silvin is an American historian, lecturer and author of (among other titles) Noblesse Oblige: The Duchess of Windsor As I Knew Her. Not only is he an expert on the Duke andContinue reading “Interview: Memories of the Duchess with Richard René Silvin”

The Windsor Collection: The Magic of Brooches, Part Two

Today we conclude our two part series on six of the fabulous brooches owned the Duchess of Windsor. You can find Part One by clicking here. In the previous installment, we focused on three beautiful Cartier creations but Cartier wasn’t the only jeweler to provide Wallis with glitter. Her other favourite designer was of course,Continue reading “The Windsor Collection: The Magic of Brooches, Part Two”

The Windsor Library: A Reading List

Since I started the World of Wallis project, the most frequent question I’m asked is “Which books about the Windsors can you recommend?” With this in mind, I have put together the following as a reading list. Please note, this only includes non-fiction works at present and some are sadly out of print but generallyContinue reading “The Windsor Library: A Reading List”

The Windsor Collection: The Magic of Brooches, Part One

In 1957, LIFE magazine asked the Duchess of Windsor (by then renowned for her love of jewellery) what she felt were the most essential items a young lady should have in her collection. “You can never learn too early the magic of pins or brooches”, Wallis answered, “They’re so versatile. You can breathe new lifeContinue reading “The Windsor Collection: The Magic of Brooches, Part One”

The Windsor Collection: A Tale of Two Necklaces

When we think of the Duchess of Windsor and her extravagant collection of jewels, most of us are immediately drawn to her fabulous flamingo brooch with its ruby, emerald and sapphire feathers or her striking amethyst, diamond and turquoise bib. But among these elaborate and quirky pieces are more classic items which we usually associateContinue reading “The Windsor Collection: A Tale of Two Necklaces”