Sunday, January 23, 2011

Monarchy Monday "You can never be to rich or to thin"

Welcome to the new weekly installment of Monarchy Mondays. Most of you know that Im obsessed with the British royal family, so with the wedding of Prince William this April I decided to dedicate each monday to my favorite monarchy. This week, Wallis Simpson the American divorcee for whom King Edward VIII gave up the throne of Great Britain. Wallis Simpson met the future king (then Prince of Wales) early in the 1930s and a few years later they became lovers, though she remained married to her second husband, businessman Ernest Simpson. This romance became a little "tricky" when Edward became king in 1936, Wallis (who was legally married at the time) filed for divorce but the royal family would not allow Edward to marry the newly single Simpson. In December of 1936 Edward shocked the world by stepping down as king, saying in a radio broadcast "I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love". OMG, he gave up the title of King to marry the women he loved and you thought Diana was the first trouble maker at Buckingham Palace, she was a small fish in the pond compared to Wallis !!! Edward title was reduced to Duke and Duchess of Windsor and they lived in exile in France and then United States until Edward passed away in 1972 and Wallis in 1986. Wallis was internationally recognized for her sense of style, a size 6, she was able to wear designs by the likes of Dior and Chanel ( size 6 in the 1930's was considered small) Wallis Simpson is often credited with the popular saying, "No woman can be too rich or too thin".

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