She called in and had tea with the Duchess of Windsor
," royal historian Hugo Vickers said (via (https://www.
DOHA THE world's premier art auction house, Sotheby's, displayed jewels that told the greatest love story of the 20th century - the love story of the Duke and the Duchess of Windsor
- to a select gathering of mediapersons and connoisseurs at the Amiri suite of Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Tuesday.
The Duchess of Windsor
was one of his early clients and he would eventually coif actresses Lauren Bacall, Liza Minnelli and Shirley Maclaine.
ON October 11 1946, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
, the former Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson (pictured), arrived in Britain, having sat out the war exiled in Bermuda.
They were part of a collection of 200 which were all once owned by the Duchess of Windsor
25") volume showcases 29 of her important projects, from the Conde Nast apartment in New York, to several residences of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
The diarist also refers to another event I vividly remember attending - the funeral of the Duchess of Windsor
at St George's Chapel.
There are amusing moments, such as the account of a tour of Italy, and the occasional memorable portrait such as that of a visit to his old friends, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
, at the end of their vacuous lives.
Hildesley has been an auctioneer for Sotheby's since the mid-1970s, participating in this role during such sales as the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sale, the sale of the collection of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
, and the Barry Halper collection of baseball memorabilia.
AN MP yesterday stepped up her campaign for the release of government papers on the alleged Nazi sympathies of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
In the words of that great compassionate conservative, the Duchess of Windsor
, "You can never be too rich or too thin.
His studies of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
, designer Coco Chanel, playwright/artist Jean Cocteau.
Undercutting a crushing, unimprovable anecdote with a sly boast, capped by a cliche, should also be avoided: Tallchief had arrived for a reception just as that most useless of high society's relics, the Duchess of Windsor
, was departing; ever gracious, the renowned divorcee paused long enough to assure Tallchief that she had so looked forward to hearing her sing.
What he does offer are wonderful, pithy descriptions of louche as well as luxurious living in Berlin and Paris during the late '20s, the time of Bacon's defining wanderjahren; of Bacon's bizarre London menage, which for many years consisted of the artist, his older lover, and the memorable Nanny Lightfood, who did a bit of shoplifting for the household and had a vociferously expressed penchant for capital punishment (she wanted to see the duchess of Windsor
hanged); and best of all, of that indiscriminate deployer of the pronoun "she," the artist.
La reconstruccion novelada de toda esta historia sorprende particularmente porque la obra anterior de Vickers se habia dedicado a grandes personajes: Gladys, Duchess of Mariborough; Vivien Leigh; Loving Garbo; The Private World of the Dulce and Duchess of Windsor
, aunque en ninguna de estas historias un simple beso habia dado pie a las turbulencias platonicas de dos vidas antes catalepticas.