When, in December 1936, the storm broke, Edward went one
evening to see his mother at Marlborough House; she asked him to reflect
on the effect his proposed action would have on his family, on the Throne,
and on the British Empire. His only answer was:Cant
you understand that nothing matters nothing except her
happiness and mine?
But what happened with Edwards capital. After the death of King
George V, the will was read to the assembled family, in the hall at
Under the will, each of his brothers was left a very large sum
about three-quarters of a million in cash; Edward was left nothing,
and was precluded from converting anything (such as the stamp collection,
the racehorses, etc.) into ready money.
It was, doubtless, a well-intentioned will but it provoked incalculable
disaster; it was, in fact, directly responsible for the first voluntary
abdication of an English king.
Money, and the things that money buys, were the principal desiderata
in Mrs Simpsons philosophy and, when they found that they had,
so to speak, been left the Crown without the Cash, they agreed, in an
interminable telephone conversation after the evening in Sandringham,
to renounce their plans for a joint existence as private individuals,
and to see what they could make out of the Kingship, with the subsidiary
prospect of the Queenship for her later on.
The events of the next ten months bear out this supposition; for, throughout
them, he devoted two hours to schemes, great and small, by which he
could produce money, to every one that he devoted to the business of
Indeed, his passion for economy became something very near
to mania, despite the fact that his private fortune, amassed while he
was Prince of Wales, already amounted to nearly a million which
sum he took with him, of course, when he finally left the country. It
was substantially increased by the very considerable sums which his
brother paid him for his life interest in the Sandringham and Balmoral
estates, so that, by the time he married, having no encumbrances, no
overhead charges and no taxes to pay, he was one of the richest men
in Europe if not the richest.....enough for buying jewels like
Wallis wore the necklace with the pendant of a natural baroque pearl
and diamonds, it was reset by Cartier in 1950. It may also be worn as
a pendant drop on the pearl necklace as previously mentioned elsewhere
on the website.
The large natural pearl drop of slightly baroque form measuring approximately
18.6 mm. in diameter, drilled and capped by single-cut and round diamonds,
on a detachable stirrup-shaped diamond-set pendant fitting, maker's
The pendant and the strand of pearls was sold in 1987 to Calvin Klein
for his wife. On 4th Dec 2007 the pearls are again at auction and it´s
possible to purchase a memento of the great love the Duke had for his
Source: Sothebys Previously sold as Lot 67 in
the Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor, Thursday 2nd April 1987.
Source:Prince Charmless Sir Alan 'Tommy' Lascelles
Weihnachtsgeschenk an Wallis Simpson, Herzogin von Windsor
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The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor | Perlen, Perlenkette der Herzogin von Windsor
Die Perlen der Herzogin von Windsor
18,6mm gross ist die barocke grosse Perle die von der
Herzogin als Anhänger an der geliebten Perlenkette getragen wurde.
Der Anhänger wurde in den 50er Jahren von Cartier
neu gefasst, die Kapsel ist mit Diamanten besetzt und hat an der beweglichen
Öse einen grösseren Brillanten. Die Einhängevorrichtung
ist wie eine "Sporn" ausgeführt und wird von der grössten
Perle links und rechts eingefügt.