The Woman Who Wouldn’t be Queen

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

I suppose there are still two opinions of Wallis Simpson, the woman whose relationship with Edward VIII precipitated the king’s abdication in December 1936. Was she the woman who ‘pinched our king’, as a popular parody of ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ had it? Or was she merely an unfortunate femme fatale who unwittingly launched the […]

Ivy Killer & Consort

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Over 150 years after her birth, 109 years after mounting the British throne alongside her husband, George V, sixty-six years after her death, Mary of Teck has gone viral. Until the publication last year by the tiny Zuleika press of The Quest for Queen Mary, the grandmother of Elizabeth II was a dim, distant figure, […]

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