Did Any Members of the Royal Family Attend Wallis Simpson’s Funeral?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Wallis Simpson

There was a time when Wallis Simpson was labeled public enemy No. 1 by a number of members of the royal household after King Edward VIII (later the Duke of Windsor) abdicated the throne to marry her.

Following Edward’s dying, many have questioned what the connection with Britain’s most well-known household and former socialite was like and if any of the royals truly attended her funeral when she died. Here’s the reply to that as properly extra on the lady who nearly took down the monarchy.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Wallis Simpson
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Wallis Simpson | Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Who was Wallis Simpson?

Simpson was born on June 19, 1896, in Pennsylvania however grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a socialite who had been married twice when she met Edward at a celebration.

In 1936, Queen Elizabeth II’s uncle grew to become King Edward VIII after the passing of his father, King George V. But Edward had fallen in love with and meant to marry Simpson. That introduced an issue as a result of as king he was additionally the Head of the Church of England and couldn’t wed a divorcee. King Edward VIII selected Simpson over the crown and introduced his choice to abdicate the throne.

“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,” he acknowledged.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, and Wallis Simpson (C) in ParisQueen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, and Wallis Simpson (C) in Paris
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, and Wallis Simpson (C) in Paris | AFP by way of Getty Images

Simpson and Edward VIII continued to trigger some complications for the royal household even after the abdication. And a number of studies declare that Simpson and the Queen Mother had a private long-standing feud.

When did King Edward VIII and Simpson die?

The Duke of Windsor had been a heavy smoker and within the early 1970s his well being went downhill. Edward’s nurse, Julie Chatard Alexander, mentioned that Simpson wasn’t round a lot when her husband grew to become very sick.

“She hardly ever came in to see him,” Alexander informed the Baltimore Sun. “I saw her in his room on the first night, and then again the night he died. I was there from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for about three weeks, and during that time, she didn’t come in and eat with her husband.”

On May 28, 1972, Edward VIII succumbed to throat most cancers. His widow attended his funeral alongside members of the royal household. Simpson died 14 years later at her Paris residence on April 24, 1986, two months shy of her 90th birthday.

Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIIIWallis Simpson and King Edward VIII
Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII | Horst P. Horst/Conde Nast by way of Getty Images

Did any of the royals attend Simpson’s funeral?

Despite ongoing feuds, variations, or in poor health emotions members of the royal household could or could not have had for the Duchess of Windsor at the moment a lot of them had been current at her funeral and burial.

Simpson’s sisters-in-law — the Queen Mother and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester — attended the funeral ceremony at St. George’s Chapel the place she was buried subsequent to Edward. Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Princess Diana had been additionally available.

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