The Windsor Archive: The Day the Queen said Goodbye

In 1972, Britain was about to embark on a course that continues to dominate it’s political landscape. The Conservative government, led by Prime Minister Edward Heath, was about to pass the European Communities Act which would make legal provision for the UK’s accession to the European Economic Community. The ‘Special Relationship’ between the USA andContinue reading “The Windsor Archive: The Day the Queen said Goodbye”

The Windsor Archive: Life with the Duke

In 1945, the Windsors found themselves awaiting word from the British government that their time in the Bahamas had officially come to an end. The Duke had been appointed Governor of the Bahamas in 1940, the one and only time in his post-abdication life that his family sanctioned any kind of official post for him.Continue reading “The Windsor Archive: Life with the Duke”

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 Wallis Archive: Wallis, The Musical?

It may be almost 84 years since the Abdication but interest in the Duke and Duchess of Windsor is enjoying a resurgence. The Netflix drama The Crown has brought their story to the attention of a new audience inspiring a flurry of new documentaries which fill TV schedules around the world. David and Wallis haveContinue reading “The Wallis Archive: Wallis, The Musical?”

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”

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”

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 Wallis Archive: The Duchess and the Suffragette

In April 1937, Wallis was residing at the Château de Candé in the Loire Valley as a guest of Herman and Katherine Rogers. Until her divorce from Ernest Simpson was made final with a decree absolute, her communication with the former King (at this time staying at Schloss Enzesfeld in Austria with friends Eugen andContinue reading “The Wallis Archive: The Duchess and the Suffragette”