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Viewers who have been tantalized by the sweeping drama of Netflix’s The Crown over the past month now have something real to swoon over: the unearthed photographs of Edward VIII’s wedding to American socialite Wallis Simpson. Edward served as King of England for less than one year after the death of his father, George V, before abdicating the throne and giving up his royal title to marry the twice-divorced Simpson (marrying a divorced woman with two living former husbands was frowned upon by the prime ministers and Church of England). The 17 newly surfaced photographs of the wedding day at Château de Candé in Monts, France, on June 3, 1937, show candid snapshots of guests who included Baron Eugene de Rothschild and Winston Churchill’s son Randolph. Because Edward VIII had given up the crown and left England permanently, none of the royal family attended and his best man was a good friend by the name of Major Edward Metcalfe. His wife, Lady Metcalfe, was the one who captured the personal photographs.

The monogrammed wedding albums were gifted to the few guests in attendance, and one album ended up in the hands of a British consul. In later years, the album was acquired by a Royal memorabilia collector and now will be up for auction at Bellmans Auctioneers in West Sussex and is estimated to sell for up to $7,440. We’d venture to guess that there are plenty of history buffs who would pay that and then some for such a piece of the British monarchy—especially The Crown binge-watchers among us.

 

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