In 1934, Prince Edward was next in line to the throne of the British Isles. He had no patience for the arcane rules of court life and embarked on a romantic relationship with twice-divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. Her status was a huge problem for the staunchly traditional royal family.
When Edward became king of the United Kingdom in January 1936, he made it clear he planned to marry Wallis. When he was told this was impossible, he abdicated in December of that year. The couple lived out the rest of their lives in a whirl of parties and foreign travel.
Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, Duke and Duchess of Windsor, have signed at the bottom of this large black and white photograph. It’s dated 1941, when the couple were installed in Nassau in the Bahamas. Edward was assigned the position of governor on the island during the second world war.
This is a stunning autograph from two complex and intriguing historical figures, whose relationship has been the subject of endless speculation.
The piece is accompanied by an impressive collection of provenance, including the original letter from the Windsors' secretary to the recipient of the photograph and a certificate of authenticity from LA auction house Profiles in History – which handled the original sale.
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