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 Post subject: Title for Wallis Simpson
PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:27 pm 
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When Edward as King married Wallis Simpson, what title was she given, and how is she addressed?


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 Post subject: Re: Title for Wallis Simpson
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Had Edward VIII as King married Wallis Simpson she would, unless other arrangements were made, automatically have become Queen and would have been addressed as 'Your Majesty". There was a proposal floated before the final crisis was reached (see my Timeline at http://bolvbcw.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/t ... -vbcw.html) of a morganatic marriage, whereby by special arrangement, Wallis would not become Queen upon marriage, but would be given some other Royal Title (HRH The Duchess of Cornwall??). She would than have been addressed as "Your Royal Highness". Morganatic marriages had occurred in European Royal Families (i.e. Austro-Hungary and Franz Ferdinand), but were unknown in English royal history. The proposal was unacceptable to Baldiwn and the Cabinet as a whole, and thus abdication (or civil war!) became the only solution. By way of footnote, after the abdication, although Wallis became "the Duchess of Windsor" automatically upon marriage to ex-King Edward VIII (retitled "HRH the Duke of Windsor"), George VI refused to grant her the usual courtesy of a royal title i.e. HRH the Duchess of Windsor. Absent a Royal title, as a mere Duchess, Wallis would have been/was properly addressed as "Your Grace". There is some academic debate as to whether he had the right to deny such title to Wallis, and the refusal particularly rankled with Edward for the rest of his life. That said, George VI also (in effect) refused to grant Wallis the right to reside in England, so it was not the greatest slight...hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Title for Wallis Simpson
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Apparently, she came to the point where she would have forgone the title of Queen for her man.

Totally irrelevant but I'm amused by the title Queen Wally.


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 Post subject: Re: Title for Wallis Simpson
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It is assumed that actually Wallis would not of had the title of Queen being a divorcee and given the Title of Her Royal Consort. The reasoning behind this is that the King wants to be seem as listening to both the people as well as the Church

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