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Glamorous: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Miami in 1941

Glamorous: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Miami in 1941

In another picture, the Duchess watches on grinning as her husband, smartly dressed in a double-breasted suit, springs up, arms folded as if performing a Highland jig

Famous subjects captured midair in Philippe Halsman book

In another picture, the Duchess watches on grinning as her husband, smartly dressed in a double-breasted suit, springs up, arms folded as if performing a Highland jig

Wallis Simpson Jewellery Collection - Yahoo Image Search Results

Wallis Simpson Jewellery Collection - Yahoo Image Search Results

The actual coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth I.  It is amazing it survived the English Civil War and Cromwell's wrath.  Most of Elizabeth's royal jewels and regalia were melted down or destroyed.

The actual coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth I. It is amazing it survived the English Civil War and Cromwell's wrath. Most of Elizabeth's royal jewels and regalia were melted down or destroyed.

Andrea Riseborough plays Wallis Simpson in the film W.E. which is out next Friday

Priceless Cartier jewels and exquisite Dior dresses...The inside story of the real stars of Madonna's Wallis movie

Andrea Riseborough plays Wallis Simpson in the film W.E. which is out next Friday

American heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay poses in the ring in mock victory over British pop group The Beatles, 1964.

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American heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay poses in the ring in mock victory over British pop group The Beatles, 1964.

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Miami, Florida, 1941.   Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

Wallis: My War by Kate Auspitz – review

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Miami, Florida, 1941. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

Sitting Portrait of England's Duchess and Duke of Windsor Premium Photographic Print

Sitting Portrait of England's Duchess and Duke of Windsor Premium Photographic Print

In an age where brand names count as currency, the ones she patronised still radiate the lustre that she lent to them: Chanel, Cartier, Dior, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton. The carefully-choreographed glimpses into her private life, her pursuit by the paparazzi, her facelifts and rogueish soundbites are the stuff of modern celebrity.

In an age where brand names count as currency, the ones she patronised still radiate the lustre that she lent to them: Chanel, Cartier, Dior, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton. The carefully-choreographed glimpses into her private life, her pursuit by the paparazzi, her facelifts and rogueish soundbites are the stuff of modern celebrity.

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