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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

23rd May 1968 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road.go to related location

23rd May 1951 Peter Ustinov's Love of Four Colonels, premieres in London

23rd May 1933 Born today: Joan Henrietta Collins, London, actress (Alexis-Dynasty, Bitch)

23rd May 1890 Born today: Herbert Marshall, London, actor (Murder, Razor's Edge, Little Foxes)

23rd May 1701 William Kidd, Scottish pirate, hanged at London's Execution Dock.go to related location

Mrs Simpsons Love Nest



Mrs Simpsons Love Nest

Where Mrs Simpson was living when she began seeing Edward.

Location: 5 Bryanston Court, George Street, Westminster

Description: This is where the twice-married American socialite Mrs Wallis Simpson was staying when she first began seeing the future King Edward in 1933, and many of her love letters carry the address.

Edward became king when his father, George V, died in January 1936, but abdicated after only 11 months in order to marry Mrs Simpson. He had been advised by the prime minister, Stanley Baldwin, that the British public would not accept his bride as queen. The wedding went ahead in 1937 and the couple became known as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

This is not the first time that the couple have been accused of Nazi sympathies. They made a much-publicised tour of Germany in 1937 and were fted by leading Nazis, including Hitler.

After the Duke's death in 1972, the duchess spent most of her life in Paris, where she continued to be shunned by most of his relations. But relations did improve toward the end of her life, and senior members of the Royal Family, including the Queen, attended her funeral in 1986.


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Mrs Simpsons Love Nest

Where Mrs Simpson was living when she began seeing Edward.


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