On this day in 1937, the Duke of Windsor married Wallis Simpson at the Château de Candé, lent to them by French millionaire Charles Bedaux.
The Duke’s marriage plans had been postponed as not to interfere in anyway with Coronation festivities for his brother back in England.
No member of Edward’s family attended the service.
American fashion designer Martin Mainbocher created the dress worn by Simpson.
While the Church of England refused to sanction the wedding, Reverend Robert Anderson Jardine, Vicar of St Paul’s, Darlington, offered to perform the service, an offer that was accepted.
This portrait of Mrs. Simpson shown above, was painted by Mrs. Reginald Andersen, who worked under the name of M. Baynon Copeland and was a pupil of the late J. J. Shannon. She was a well-known member of the American colony in London, and was a personal friend of Mrs. Wallis Simpson.