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In 1936, Time honored Wallis Simpson's major coup of getting Edward to abdicate his throne by naming her "Woman of the Year," the first time the magazine had ever given its "Man of the Year" award to a woman. She didn't sneak past a field of slackers to get the honor, either; the other finalists included FDR, Mussolini, Eugene O'Neill, Chiang Kai-shek, British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, Lou Gehrig, Jesse Owens, and Margaret Mitchell.

In 1936, Time honored Wallis Simpson's major coup of getting Edward to abdicate his throne by naming her "Woman of the Year," the first time the magazine had ever given its "Man of the Year" award to a woman. She didn't sneak past a field of slackers to get the honor, either; the other finalists included FDR, Mussolini, Eugene O'Neill, Chiang Kai-shek, British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, Lou Gehrig, Jesse Owens, and Margaret Mitchell.

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.  A very strong woman but a little disturbing.

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. A very strong woman but a little disturbing.

The Duchess made the Paris Couture best-dressed list in 1935 and remained there for 40 years, famous for her elegant but simply-tailored clothes and chic jewels.  She was Cartier’s most important client during this period after her marriage and several of her masterpieces are at the Legion.  “She was willing to be quite cutting edge,” explained Pierre Rainero, “ to wear things that other women would not wear and she wore then very well.”

The Duchess made the Paris Couture best-dressed list in 1935 and remained there for 40 years, famous for her elegant but simply-tailored clothes and chic jewels. She was Cartier’s most important client during this period after her marriage and several of her masterpieces are at the Legion. “She was willing to be quite cutting edge,” explained Pierre Rainero, “ to wear things that other women would not wear and she wore then very well.”

H.R.H. Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (formally H.M. King Edward VIII) and Wallis, Duchess of Windsor. (Formally Wallis Simpson.)

H.R.H. Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (formally H.M. King Edward VIII) and Wallis, Duchess of Windsor. (Formally Wallis Simpson.)

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

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

HRH Princess Alexandra of Denmark and HRH Prince of Wales

HRH Princess Alexandra of Denmark and HRH Prince of Wales

Wallis & Edward: The Duke & Duchess of Windsor

Wallis & Edward: The Duke & Duchess of Windsor

The Duchess of Windsor, nee Wallis Warfield-Spencer, spent a considerable part of her life in Coronado, and still has family in Coronado. Photo courtesy Mark Gaulding, Duke & Duchess of Windsor Society.

The Duchess of Windsor, nee Wallis Warfield-Spencer, spent a considerable part of her life in Coronado, and still has family in Coronado. Photo courtesy Mark Gaulding, Duke & Duchess of Windsor Society.

. 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 Postcard

. 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 Postcard

ARBITER ELEGANTIAE: Windsor's Pugs

ARBITER ELEGANTIAE: Windsor's Pugs

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