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Wallis, Duchess of Windsor

(1896-1986), Wife of Duke of Windsor

Sitter in 199 portraits
Born Bessie Wallis Warfield in Pennsylvania, she married Earl Winfield Spencer, Jr in 1916. Divorced in 1927, she married Ernest Simpson in 1928. They met Edward, Prince of Wales in London in 1931. When the Prince became king, his insistence on marrying the twice-divorced American precipitated a constitutional crisis that led to his abdication in 1936. He was created Duke of Windsor and the couple married soon after, settling in Paris after the war.

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Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, by Bertram Park - NPG P332

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor

by Bertram Park
chlorobromide cream-toned print, 1931
NPG P332

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(15)

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1935
NPG P870(15)

Wallis at the Window, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P263

Wallis at the Window

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 2 June 1937
NPG P263

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, by Irving Penn - NPG P604

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor

by Irving Penn
bromide print, 1948
NPG P604

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03 February 2017, 01:11

Her name is not Elizabeth Wallis Warfield, it is Bessie Wallis Warfield. Named after her aunt Bessie, and not short for Elizabeth.

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