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We are currently planning a hybrid Festival with a mix of live, live streamed, recorded and virtual events from 27 May – 5 June 2021. If the government’s Roadmap goes to plan and the four conditions are met, our venues will start to reopen from 17 May and we plan to host live Festival events.

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Anna Pasternak

Festival Lunch with Anna Pasternak: The American Duchess

Thursday 03 June | 12noon - 2:30pm

£45 Venue: Museum of Making, DE1 3AF

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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

Image copyright Pippa Hart.

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