Created by Cartier in 1935, this brooch and feathers representing the insignia of Wales was designed by the Duke of Windsor, Prince of Wales at the time, for his future wife.

Created by Cartier in 1935, this brooch and feathers representing the insignia of Wales was designed by the Duke of Windsor, Prince of Wales at the time, for his future wife.

Wallis Simpson, wearing the Cartier gem-set cross bracelet her future husband gave her ("My crosses to bear.").

Wallis Simpson, wearing the Cartier gem-set cross bracelet her future husband gave her ("My crosses to bear.").

Wallis Simpson by Horst P. Horst, Vogue 1947. Dress by Mainbocher

Wallis Simpson by Horst P. Horst, Vogue 1947. Dress by Mainbocher

Happily ever after? After their wedding, Edward was insistent on seeing Wallis all of the time so much so she began to relish her husband's occasional absences when he went on holiday

The truth about Mrs Simpson: Why Wallis never wanted to marry her king

Happily ever after? After their wedding, Edward was insistent on seeing Wallis all of the time so much so she began to relish her husband's occasional absences when he went on holiday

In an age where brand names count as currency, the ones she patronised still radiate the lustre that she lent to them: Chanel, Cartier, Dior, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton. The carefully-choreographed glimpses into her private life, her pursuit by the paparazzi, her facelifts and rogueish soundbites are the stuff of modern celebrity.

In an age where brand names count as currency, the ones she patronised still radiate the lustre that she lent to them: Chanel, Cartier, Dior, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton. The carefully-choreographed glimpses into her private life, her pursuit by the paparazzi, her facelifts and rogueish soundbites are the stuff of modern celebrity.

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