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You must have no regrets- I have none. This much I know: what I know of happiness is forever associated with you.
—  Edward, Duke of Windsor to his fiancée, Wallis Warfield, on the day his brother, George VI, was crowned king. The date had originally been chosen, and the preparations made, for Edward’s coronation, but his brother was crowned instead after Edward abdicated the throne to marry Wallis. 
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“You all know the reasons which have impelled me to renounce the throne. But I want you to understand that in making up my mind I did not forget the country or the empire, which, as Prince of Wales and lately as King, I have for twenty-five years tried to serve. But you must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.” - King Edward VIII’s abdication speech, 1936.

A brocade silk dinner gown owned by Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor. The light celadon green dress had blue, scarlet and purple blooms banded by gold selvage edges. There is no indication of the maker, but the provenance is most likely French. Picture from Sotheby’s catalog for the 1997 auction of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s private collection.