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Chose love over throne, the Duke of Windsor, Edward VIII and his love,  Wallis Simpson.  Nowadays that wouldn't have been necessary. Prince Charles married a divorced Camilla Parker Bowles, née Shand, and is still an heir to the throne.

King Edward VIII “David” (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David) Prince of Wales UK wife Wallis Simpson (Bessie Wallis Warfield-Spencer-Simpson) USA, Duke Duchess of Windsor.

wallis simpson jewelry | Edward VIII pictured with his then wife Wallis Simpson []

Jewels in the crown

King Edward VIII “David” (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David) Prince of Wales UK & wife Wallis Simpson (Bessie Wallis Warfield-Spencer-Simpson) USA, Duke & Duchess of Windsor.

‘The Windsor Heart’ Yellow Diamond. 47.14cts yellow diamond was bought by the Duke of Windsor for the Duchess (Wallis Simpson) in 1951 from Harry Winston to complement her other yellow diamond and set in a ring. The stone was later acquired by Estée Lauder, set in a pendant and sold by the Lauder family in 2012 in aid of Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

‘The Windsor Heart’ Yellow Diamond. yellow diamond was bought by the Duke of Windsor for the Duchess (Wallis Simpson) in 1951 from Harry Winston to complement her other yellow diamond and set in a ring.

desde las alhajas de Paulina Bonaparte a las piezas más innovadoras por impresión 3D

desde las alhajas de Paulina Bonaparte a las piezas más innovadoras por impresión 3D

Wallis, during his lengthy response, mimicked his position, hands on knees, and pitched forward to stare at the floor. It was obvious to see her discomfort, that she knew the question had come out of nowhere, landed in David's lap, and even though he was talking, that the eyes of the world were concentrating on her.

Wallis Simpson: A Life in Style

10 of History's Chicest Couples--And The Cartier They Gifted Each Other: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor

Chicest Couples and the Cartier they gifted eacho ther: Duke and Duchess of Windsor

King Edward VIII “David” (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David) (1894-1972) Prince of Wales UK wife Wallis Simpson (Bessie Wallis Warfield-Spencer-Simpson) (1896-1986) USA, Duke Duchess of Windsor.

King Edward VIII “David” (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David) Prince of Wales UK wife Wallis Simpson (Bessie Wallis Warfield-Spencer-Simpson) USA, Duke Duchess of Windsor.

Sotheby's The Duke Duchess of Windsor NY 9 11 97 Auction Catalog Cover

Sotheby's The Duke & Duchess of Windsor NY 9/11/97 Auction Catalog

Sotheby's The Duke Duchess of Windsor NY 9 11 97 Auction Catalog Cover

Duquesa de wuindsor

The Duchess with a brown alligator handbag, circa with gilt ring swivel clasp

Украшения Дамы. Уоллис Симпсон.

Wallis Simpson (Bessie Wallis Warfield-Spencer-Simpson) USA wife of King Edward VIII “David” (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David) Prince of Wales UK, Duke Duchess of Windsor