Thursday, June 03, 2010

Pop History Moment: Windsor Married Wallis

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On this day in 1937 the Duke of Windsor - formerly Edward VIII - married Mrs. Wallis Simpson at Chateau de Cande, near Tours, France. While their wedding was an ostensibly private matter, their affair had riveted the world's media for months, culminating with his abdication in December 1936.  Pointedly, the dethroned King chose what would have been his father's birthday* for the deed...

The bride's pale mauve** dress, designed by Mainbocher, was widely copied; pointedly, no members of the Royal Family attended the ceremony, which was photographed by Cecil Beaton.

*George V died in January - 19 weeks before what would have been his 71st birthday.
**A colour he dubbed 'Wallis blue'.
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