24 April 2009

A Last Voyage

On this day in 1986, one of the Queen Mary's most loyal and illustrious passengers, Wallis Simpson--better known as the Duchess of Windsor--passed away in Paris at age 89. She survived her husband, Edward, Duke of Windsor, by sixteen years. 

The couple traveled often on the Mary, calling it their ship, always booking suite M58 on main deck. The ship's chief steward welcomed the couple by replacing the room's usual curtains and bedlinens with those in colors favored by the Duchess--electric blue and green. The Duke and Duchess are pictured here on the ship with their nattily attired canine friends.

New York Times

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