“My husband gave up everything for me… I’m not a beautiful woman. I’m nothing to look at, so the only thing I can do is dress better than anyone else. If everyone looks at me when I enter a room, my husband can feel proud of me. That’s my chief responsibility.” Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor (1896 - 1986)

“My husband gave up everything for me… I’m not a beautiful woman. I’m nothing to look at, so the only thing I can do is dress better than anyone else. If everyone looks at me when I enter a room, my husband can feel proud of me. That’s my chief responsibility.” Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor (1896 - 1986)

Being solicitously attended to by the most eligible bachelor in the world was a heady experience full of perks. After a dinner in December 1935, in which Wallis occupied the place of honour, guest Marie Belloc Lowndes was asked what she thought of the American. “I had been surprised, considering that she dressed so simply, to see that she wore such a mass of dressmakers’ jewels,” she said. At that, fellow guests “screamed with laughter, explaining that all the jewels were real.”

Being solicitously attended to by the most eligible bachelor in the world was a heady experience full of perks. After a dinner in December 1935, in which Wallis occupied the place of honour, guest Marie Belloc Lowndes was asked what she thought of the American. “I had been surprised, considering that she dressed so simply, to see that she wore such a mass of dressmakers’ jewels,” she said. At that, fellow guests “screamed with laughter, explaining that all the jewels were real.”

In their later years Edward's golfing partner Sandy Bertrand recalled how the Duchess often said: "Sandy, you are so kind to play golf with my old man - it must be so boring for you." When the hapless Duke interjected: "Darling, I don't think he's bored," she would snap something like "Of course he is". When she was hard on him, "he seemed to feel that it showed that she cared".

In their later years Edward's golfing partner Sandy Bertrand recalled how the Duchess often said: "Sandy, you are so kind to play golf with my old man - it must be so boring for you." When the hapless Duke interjected: "Darling, I don't think he's bored," she would snap something like "Of course he is". When she was hard on him, "he seemed to feel that it showed that she cared".

DUCHESS OF WINDSOR 18k YELLOW GOLD COMPACT WITH PRINCE OF WALES FEATHER MOTIF IN DIAMONDS~ Part of a 6 piece "handbag suite" including comb holder, lipstick holder, notebook, and pill box by Van Cleef , inscribed inside 'The Duchess of Windsor.'

DUCHESS OF WINDSOR 18k YELLOW GOLD COMPACT WITH PRINCE OF WALES FEATHER MOTIF IN DIAMONDS~ Part of a 6 piece "handbag suite" including comb holder, lipstick holder, notebook, and pill box by Van Cleef , inscribed inside 'The Duchess of Windsor.'

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