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Name: Wallis, Duchess of Windsor                                                     
Born: 19 June 1895[1] or 1896 Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania                       
Died: 24 April 1986 Bois de Boulogne, Paris                                         
Wallis, Duchess of Windsor (previously Wallis Simpson; previously Wallis Spencer;   
born Bessie Wallis Warfield; 19 June 1895 or 1896 - 24 April 1986) was the           
American wife of Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor.                                     
After two unsuccessful marriages, she allegedly became the mistress of Edward,       
Prince of Wales in 1934. Two years later, after Edward's accession as King, he       
proposed marriage. The King's desire to marry a twice-divorced American with two     
living ex-husbands and a reputation as an opportunist caused a constitutional       
crisis in the United Kingdom and the Dominions, which ultimately led to the king's   
abdication in December 1936 to marry "the woman I love".                             
After the abdication, the former king was created Duke of Windsor by his brother     
George VI; Edward married Wallis six months later. Following this marriage, she     
was formally known as the Duchess of Windsor, without the style "Her Royal           
Highness". Before, during and after World War II, the Windsors were suspected by     
many in government and society of being Nazi sympathisers.                           
In the 1950s and 1960s, she and the duke shuttled between Europe and the United     
States, living a life of leisure as society celebrities. After his death in 1972,   
the duchess lived in seclusion and was rarely seen in public. Her private life       
has been a source of much speculation, and she remains a controversial figure in     
British history.