Best Books & Biographies About The Duchess and Duke of Windsor

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In 1936, King Edward VIII abdicated the British throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, an event that rocked the monarchy and continues to influence the royal family to this day. Their wedding took place in France in June 1937, just seven months after Edward’s abdication. From then on, the new Duke and Duchess of Windsor spent their lives in exile, living mainly in France; after the Duke of Windsor died in 1972, the Wales, Duchess of Windsor remained in their home in Paris until her death in 1986. Decades later, the Windsors remained a source of fascination for many, with books focusing on their romance and marriage, the abdication and its aftermath, and their association with Nazi Germany. If you want to read about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, aka former King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, here’s where to start:

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Atria Books

The Real Wallis Simpson: A New History of the American Divorcée Who Became the Duchess of Windsor


Traitor King: The Scandalous Exile of the Duke & Duchess of Windsor


St. Martin’s Press

The Crown in Crisis: Countdown to the Abdication


Grand Central Publishing

Wales in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy


Ballantine Books

King Edward VIII: The Definitive Portrait of the Duke of Windsor


Harvest year

The Last of the Duchess: The Strange and Sinister Story of the Final Years of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

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