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Old 06-27-2019, 02:21 PM
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Le Moulin is for sale

https://vingtparis.com/properties/ps...rie/?frmsrch=1

The former home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor is for sale. It has also been owned by the daughter of Peter Townsend.
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Old 06-27-2019, 10:26 PM
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I didn't say that David wanted single girls as mistresses, or that it was possible for him to have had them (though I think he may well have slept with Poppy Baring.)

What I said in the previous post was that while David remained a bachelor and before he fell deeply in love with Wallis, there was always a chance that a charming and witty English or foreign noble woman could have caught his eye.

If he had married someone like that then (as happened with other royals) his married mistresses would have faded into the background. Not every English or foreign woman in Edward's circle was married by the age of 21. There were suitable single women around in their mid to late twenties or even early thirties.
Who is Poppy Baring?
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Old 06-28-2019, 12:16 AM
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Poppy was the daughter of a wealthy English banker, and a Bright Young Thing. She had the reputation of being 'fast' and later had a serious affair with George Duke of Kent. The Duke of York was also attracted to her. In both cases Queen Mary discouraged marriage. Poppy was a very early girlfriend (early 1920s) of the Prince of Wales.

This book speaks about her a bit.

https://books.google.com.au/books?id...0Wales&f=false
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:26 PM
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When he was Prince of Wales, would you say that Edward demonstrated a commitment to academia when he was installed as Chancellor of the University of Wales in 1921?

Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon first met Edward, Prince of Wales at a dance Viscountess Coke hosted in March 1918 on behalf of her husband Thomas.

Duke and Duchess of Windsor entered the government building in Nassau on August 18, 1940.
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Old 08-04-2019, 02:40 AM
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Princess Mary urging her brother to abandon the marriage
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Duchess of Windsor published a cook book in 1942 to raise money for the Red Cross in Nassau. In the article, explore Duchess' passion for cooking and share some of her favourite recipes. "Cooking with the Duchess of Windsor"

https://worldofwallis.com/2020/01/05...h-the-duchess/
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Old 01-05-2020, 05:22 PM
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Absolutely delightful that Wallis baked a royal birthday cake for Prince Edward!
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Old 01-10-2020, 06:43 PM
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Old 01-10-2020, 07:30 PM
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Duke and Duchess of Windsor (1894-1972) and (1895-1986)

I wonder what Wallis and the Queen are saying to each other
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Old 01-10-2020, 10:52 PM
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I'd hardly call them excesses, and while he grew neglectful of royal duties when he became King, I don't think he was bad at the royal job, when he was POW. He was finding it increasingly boring and sometimes didn't work hard at it… but he had done a lot of tours as POW...
Edward VIII would have been a fine king if they had let him stay in the job. A remarkably biased version of his character and behaviour has been fabricated to justify pushing him out from the role of sovereign which was his correct destiny. He would have settled into the role, made some welcome and overdue changes and been a loyal and caring monarch overseeing the end of Empire and the emergence of the commonwelth. During his reign, the Queen would likely not have come to the throne till the 1970s and therefore she would probably have had the chance to enjoy a lovely, pressure-free home life - albeit as heir to the throne.
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Old 01-10-2020, 11:21 PM
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Even before the abdication crisis " David" had shown himself to be self absorbed, frivolous, averse to duty and responsibility.The concept of sacrifice seemed completely alien to him.

He was also a rather ignorant racist.

This would not have boded well for a King-
Emperor who was destined to rule over an Empire where close to at least two thirds of his subjects were people of color.

Fate and Providence worked hand in hand to keep him away from the Throne, especially considering what has come to light about the activities of he and his wife in the war years.
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Old 01-11-2020, 02:16 AM
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Edward VIII would have been a fine king if they had let him stay in the job. A remarkably biased version of his character and behaviour has been fabricated to justify pushing him out from the role of sovereign which was his correct destiny. He would have settled into the role, made some welcome and overdue changes and been a loyal and caring monarch overseeing the end of Empire and the emergence of the commonwelth. During his reign, the Queen would likely not have come to the throne till the 1970s and therefore she would probably have had the chance to enjoy a lovely, pressure-free home life - albeit as heir to the throne.
I fear the outcome of WWII may have had a different ending. There was a bit too much sympathy and admiration for that Hitler fellow.
I’ve read the biographies-lots of them.
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Old 01-11-2020, 02:33 AM
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Edward VIII would have been a fine king if they had let him stay in the job. A remarkably biased version of his character and behaviour has been fabricated to justify pushing him out from the role of sovereign which was his correct destiny. He would have settled into the role, made some welcome and overdue changes and been a loyal and caring monarch overseeing the end of Empire and the emergence of the commonwelth. During his reign, the Queen would likely not have come to the throne till the 1970s and therefore she would probably have had the chance to enjoy a lovely, pressure-free home life - albeit as heir to the throne.
Even his father felt he wasn't up to the job and he had been the King through a war.

My grandmother's cousin was in the cabinet in 1936 and he was adamant that Edward was simply not up to the job and that he was a security risk. The government couldn't trust him not to leak information (I am not getting that information from biographies but from his letters to my grandmother after the crisis in which he told her some of the things that others think are 'fabricated' such as his disloyalty to the UK.

The best thing to happen to Britain was the decision the government made about Easter time 1936 to find a way to remove him. Wallis was a godsend but if she hadn't come alone in the way that she did they would have found some other way to remove him.

His subsequent actions and letters show where his sympathies lay and it wasn't with Britain.
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Old 01-11-2020, 06:21 AM
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Edward VIII would have been a fine king if they had let him stay in the job. A remarkably biased version of his character and behaviour has been fabricated to justify pushing him out from the role of sovereign which was his correct destiny. He would have settled into the role, made some welcome and overdue changes and been a loyal and caring monarch overseeing the end of Empire and the emergence of the commonwelth. During his reign, the Queen would likely not have come to the throne till the 1970s and therefore she would probably have had the chance to enjoy a lovely, pressure-free home life - albeit as heir to the throne.
He was more concerned, during the war with his own comfrort and status and that of his wife, than with the fate of his native country. Even Winston Churchill who had had a romantic sympathy for his love affair, became impatient with him, when he himself had a war to fight and all Edward could do was bleat about his wife having HRH. He showed no sign of settling into the role of king, since he was involved with Wallis during his year as King...and was largely preoccupied with finding a way to marry her. and As others have said, he was definitely pretty racist, even by the standards of the time and showed little respect for the cultures of other members of the empire/commonwealth... He was a pretty poor Gov of the Bahamas during the war. (there was alos the little issue of visiting Hitler and so on). Im afraid that he did flrt with treason during the war...
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Old 01-11-2020, 07:26 AM
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Even his father felt he wasn't up to the job and he had been the King through a war.

My grandmother's cousin was in the cabinet in 1936 and he was adamant that Edward was simply not up to the job and that he was a security risk. The government couldn't trust him not to leak information (I am not getting that information from biographies but from his letters to my grandmother after the crisis in which he told her some of the things that others think are 'fabricated' such as his disloyalty to the UK.

The best thing to happen to Britain was the decision the government made about Easter time 1936 to find a way to remove him. Wallis was a godsend but if she hadn't come alone in the way that she did they would have found some other way to remove him.

His subsequent actions and letters show where his sympathies lay and it wasn't with Britain.

There cannot be any final agreement about the internal politics of the cabinet and the Royal household in 1936. Some thought Prince Albert would not be up to the job and there was apparently manoeuvring just to find a suitable successor to George V. Nothing new - people were afraid the dissolute and hedonistic Prince Albert Edward would harm the monarchy after Victoria's reign. Once in post if a sovereign has loyalty and support from staff and family those around him/ her, they will do ok. EdVIII simply had frightened people around him who could not overcome their fear and so conspired to end his reign. That is as valid a reading of the situation as demonising him by relying heavily on attributions and hearsay.

The monarchy is an institution and not a personality. A sovereign depends on a loyal support network to regulate him/ her. They are human, when they dont have it, they do and say all kinds of foolish things. As Duke of Windsor he might have been 'set free' to give voice to the appeasment policy that was shared by his family and the upper classes. EdVIII's problem is that he loved the British people more than its ruling class.
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Old 01-11-2020, 07:54 AM
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There were massive concerns about Edward BEFORE he became King due to the way he had behaved on overseas tours. The cabinet were convinced by April that he had to go as it was a SECURITY RISK ... he wasn't taking proper care of 'secret' documents for instance. That wasn't a matter of having 'loyal staff'. That was him not caring about his country. He let foreign nationals read documents. How did the government find out ... the content of 'top secret' documents which were sent to him became the topic of conversation at dinner tables. The only way that information could have reached the places it did was if it came from him.

The cabinet were determined - he had to go. They were prepared to change the succession rules if necessary to put a different King on the throne but they weren't going to allow a national security risk to remain in position of Head of State. Edward was loyal to one person and one person only - Edward. He couldn't care less about the people so long as he had his money and hedonistic lifestyle.

The cabinet were so concerned from around June onwards they weren't even sending him all the top secret and confidential documents. He had to be kept in the dark for the sake of the nation's security.

By the end of 1936 there were very few people in government, parliament or the upper circles who were privy to what had been happening who weren't pleased to see him go.

He had to be sent to the Bahamas to keep him away from potentially being a complete traitor to his country. He didn't care.

I think there can be a final agreement about the cabinet as they were agreed he had to go. It wasn't one or two men who made that decision but the entire cabinet ... some wanted to not only remove Edward but the monarchy itself while others wanted to have a 'more personable' king than they though Albert would be but they were determined he had to go.

That is well known. The big question over the summer and autumn was how could they government remove him without removing the monarchy itself and making the country a republic.

If his father was hoping something would happen to him so Bertie and Lillibet would end up as the King and then the Queen and he said that to enough people that the government knew that (and they did) it shows just how bad he was.

Victoria had her fears about her son's suitability but never once hoped he would die or something else happen to stop him being in that position. George V did that.
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Old 01-11-2020, 08:21 AM
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There cannot be any final agreement about the internal politics of the cabinet and the Royal household in 1936. Some thought Prince Albert would not be up to the job and there was apparently manoeuvring just to find a suitable successor to George V. Nothing new - people were afraid the dissolute and hedonistic Prince Albert Edward would harm the monarchy after Victoria's reign. Once in post if a sovereign has loyalty and support from staff and family those around him/ her, they will do ok. EdVIII simply had frightened people around him who could not overcome their fear and so conspired to end his reign. That is as valid a reading of the situation as demonising him by relying heavily on attributions and hearsay.

The monarchy is an institution and not a personality. A sovereign depends on a loyal support network to regulate him/ her. They are human, when they dont have it, they do and say all kinds of foolish things. As Duke of Windsor he might have been 'set free' to give voice to the appeasment policy that was shared by his family and the upper classes. EdVIII's problem is that he loved the British people more than its ruling class.
he didnt' love anyone but himself. He had chances to redeem himself after his abdication, such as being Governor of the Bahamas but did not do a good job.
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Edward VIII would have been a fine king if they had let him stay in the job. A remarkably biased version of his character and behaviour has been fabricated to justify pushing him out from the role of sovereign which was his correct destiny. He would have settled into the role, made some welcome and overdue changes and been a loyal and caring monarch overseeing the end of Empire and the emergence of the commonwelth. During his reign, the Queen would likely not have come to the throne till the 1970s and therefore she would probably have had the chance to enjoy a lovely, pressure-free home life - albeit as heir to the throne.
Oh I couldn't disagree more. Sure as PoW he at times showed a real caring for people, but generally speaking he was a gadabout and didn't care a whit to do the work required of him. Then there is the little fact that he was a Nazi sympathizer - I don't think I need to say anything else. He wasn't a patch on his younger brother, who became a greatly admired and beloved king.
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To be fair, he did express some concern for the plight of people who were suffering because of the Depression - and it really was very bad here in Northern England, and in parts of Wales and Scotland too. But he certainly had Nazi sympathies, and he said after the war, even when people knew about the Holocaust, that Britain should have stayed out of it. And he did lead a hedonistic lifestyle - OK for a few years when he was young, but he hadn't changed even when he was in his 40s and he was king. He would have been a disaster as a wartime king.
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