Photo of the Week: My Kingdom for a Socialite

The producers at BIO.com review hundreds of photos of famous figures each week, from award-winning actors and popular singers, to headliners and scandal-makers. While we're digging through these archives, we often come across amazing photos that we're...
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The producers at BIO.com review hundreds of photos of famous figures each week, from award-winning actors and popular singers, to headliners and scandal-makers. While we're digging through these archives, we often come across amazing photos that we're...

The producers at BIO.com review hundreds of photos of famous figures each week, from award-winning actors and popular singers, to headliners and scandal-makers. While we're digging through these archives, we often come across amazing photos that we're just dying to share. So, without further ado, here's the one image that stands out to us this week:

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The Duchess and Duke of Windsor in Lisbon, Portugal, 1940 (Photo by Thomas D. McAvoy/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the marriage of the former King of England, Edward VIII, to socialite and serial lover Wallis Simpson. Edward had ascended to the throne on January 20, 1936, after the death of his father, George V, who had pronounced "After I am dead, the boy will ruin himself in 12 months." By year's end Edward abdicated and the following June married Simpson in a Frenchman's chateau with none of the British royal family present. To add to their notoriety the newlyweds paid a highly-publicized visit to Adolf Hitler at his Obersalzberg retreat that same year, and later during World War II Churchill forced the now Duke of Windsor to become the Governor of the Bahamas, effectively exiling him so as to keep him and his pro-Nazi sympathies out of the public eye.