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But since the flight was 12.5 hours and it was either that or Jeff Who Lives At Home I went for stylized melodrama over modern melancholy...Their romance scandalized a nation; it began when she was married and compelled him to abdicate his throne.
Juliet Nicolson has written two respected history books before this, her fictional debut. Abdication, based in 1936, is exhilaratingly rich in period details. Wallis Simpson became public, and Hitler's invasion of his neighbours was leading
His abdication was hastened by the hounding of Lord Beaverbrook's Daily Express. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images Never argue, they've always said, with someone who buys ink by the barrel. It was always sound advice, because history shows that
England, who after much struggle, cemented their union in the eyes of God and man on June 3, 1937. Wallis and Edward were as different from each other as two people could possibly be. She was an American; twice married with two living husbands; he
Simon Schama is a professor of history and art history at Columbia University. He has been an essayist and critic for The New Yorker since 1994, his art criticism winning the National Magazine Award in 1996. Sixty years and three months ago, on Feb.
On 2 June 1953, at the Queen's Coronation, 20 million of us sat mesmerised before our grey, flickering little TV screens, watching a slight, lonely girl receive the crown and sceptre, glittering beneath the brilliant lights in Westminster Abbey. In
Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrates her diamond jubilee next month, has spent a lifetime upholding her pledges to serve her peoples, earning a reputation in the process for calm shrewdness. The four days of parties, pageantry and thanksgiving from
I reported yesterday that Heat magazine had apologised to the Duchess of Cambridge (aka Kate Middleton) for publishing a picture of her shopping at a supermarket. But the picture, and others from the same "banned" set that caused the fuss, can still
11 May 2012 A desk writing set used by King George VI sold for 5,000 pounds when it went under the hammer today. The turquoise gilt set was given to the King by his brother the Duke of Windsor, shortly after he abdicated in 1937 to marry divorcee
Coming to a sticky metaphorical end Michael Portillo's Great Euro Crisis. Photograph: BBC/Liberty Bell Roll up, roll up for the great Eurosceptic on the great Euro crisis!...The real title wasn't much better This World: Michael Portillo's Great Euro