Person:Bessie Warfield (1)

Bessie Wallis Warfield
m. 19 Nov 1895
  1. Bessie Wallis Warfield1895 - 1986
m. 8 Nov 1916
m. 21 Jul 1928
m. 28 May 1937
Facts and Events
Name[1] Bessie Wallis Warfield
Gender Female
Birth[1] 19 Jun 1895 Blue Ridge Summit, Franklin County, Pennsylvania(at Square Cottage, Monterey Inn)
Alt Birth? 19 Jun 1896 Blue Ridge Summit, Franklin County, PennsylvaniaNOTE: Many sources give the year as "1895," which would make her illegitimate.
Reference Number? Q209417?
Marriage 8 Nov 1916 Baltimore, Maryland(his 1st wife, her 1st husband)
to Commander Earl Winfield Spencer, Jr.
Divorce 10 Dec 1927 (after several separations and other affairs by both of them)
from Commander Earl Winfield Spencer, Jr.
Marriage 21 Jul 1928 London, England(his 2nd wife, her 2nd husband)
to Ernest Aldrich Simpson
Divorce 27 Oct 1936 Englandfrom Ernest Aldrich Simpson
Marriage 28 May 1937 France(her 3rd husband)
to Edward VIII of the United Kingdom
Death[1] 24 Apr 1986 Bois de Boulogne, Paris, France
Burial[1] Royal Burial Ground, Windsor, Berkshire, England

NOTE: Her legal name was "Bessie" (after a maternal aunt), never "Elizabeth." As a child, she was called "Bessie," but as she approached adulthood she dropped it in favor of "Wallis."

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Wallis, Duchess of Windsor (previously Wallis Simpson and Wallis Spencer, born Bessie Wallis Warfield; 19 June 1896[1] – 24 April 1986) was an American socialite. Her third husband, Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII, abdicated his throne to marry her.

Wallis's father died shortly after her birth, and she and her widowed mother were partly supported by their wealthier relatives. Her first marriage, to U.S. naval officer Win Spencer, was punctuated with periods of separation and eventually ended in divorce. In 1934, during her second marriage to Ernest Simpson, she allegedly became the mistress of Edward, Prince of Wales. Two years later, after Edward's accession as king, Wallis divorced her second husband in order to marry Edward.

The King's desire to marry a woman who had two living ex-husbands threatened to cause a constitutional crisis in the United Kingdom and the Dominions, and ultimately led to his abdication in December 1936 to marry "the woman I love". After the abdication, the former king was created Duke of Windsor by his brother and successor, King George VI. Edward married Wallis six months later, after which she was formally known as the Duchess of Windsor, without the style "Her Royal Highness". She was instead styled as "Her Grace", a style normally reserved only for non-royal dukes and duchesses.

Before, during, and after World War II, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were suspected by many in government and society of being Nazi sympathisers. In the 1950s and 1960s, she and the Duke shuttled between Europe and the United States, living a life of leisure as society celebrities. After the Duke's death in 1972, the Duchess lived in seclusion, and was rarely seen in public. Her private life has been a source of much speculation, and she remains a controversial figure in British history.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2.   Wallis Simpson, in Find A Grave.
  3.   Bessie Wallis Warfield, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.