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An American socialite divorcée, Wallis Simpson’s intended marriage to King Edward VIII caused a constitutional crisis that led to his abdication. Following their marriage, as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor they lived across Europe and the United States.
But who was the real Wallis Simpson: an opportunistic American social climber, a master manipulator or the true love of Edward’s life? His charisma and glamour ensured him the status of a rock star prince, yet Edward gave up the British throne, the British Empire and his position as Emperor of India, to marry his true love.
Anna Pasternak’s new book is the first ever to give Wallis a voice to show that she was a warm, loyal, intelligent woman, adored by her friends, written off by cunning, influential Establishment men seeking to diminish her and destroy her reputation. Far from being the villain of the abdication, she was the victim.
Tables of 6 will be booked in line with government guidance, which means you could be seated with individuals from outside your household or support bubble. Your ticket includes a two-course lunch (vegetarian option available and a choice of three dishes for each course) with a glass of wine or soft drink, tea/coffee and chocolates. Please note: To book you will need to pay online. We will then email you the menu so you can make your choices and discuss seating arrangements.
Deadline for bookings: 21 May
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