Wallis, Duchess of Windsor

wife of Edward VIII of the United Kingdom

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor (born Bessie Wallis Warfield, later Spencer, then Simpson; 19 June 189624 April 1986) was the American wife of Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII. Edward wanted to make Wallis his queen, but the British government would not allow it, because she was a commoner and had divorced before. Edward had to decide whether to give up Wallis for the crown, or the crown to marry Wallis. Edward decided to give up the crown, and he abdicated on December 11 1936. Wallis and Edward spent most of their life in France.

Wallis Simpson in 1936


  • I am sure there is only one solution, that is for me to remove myself from the King's life. That is what I am doing now.
    • After the possibility of abdication was reported in the newspapers, she left for Cannes, 3 December 1936.
    • Matthew, H. C. G., ‘Edward VIII [later Prince Edward, duke of Windsor] (1894–1972)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 21 Nov 2008
  • You can never be too rich or too thin.
    • "Windsor, Duchess of" The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Ed. Elizabeth Knowles. Oxford University Press, 2004. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Accessed on 21 November 2008

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