30 June 2009

Peers at the Pier

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor arrived in Cherbourg aboard the RMS Queen Mary on this day in 1948 for a six month stay in France. The couple brought with them 120 pieces of luggage, in addition to their dogs.

Of his stay in the States, the duke stated that he found the campaign for president "very exciting" and "very interesting." He was right. It proved to be one of the biggest election upsets in American history, with incumbant Harry S. Truman defeating the heavily favored--and projected winner--Thomas Dewey. (The pro-Republican Chicago Tribune had so much confidence in popular opinion polls, it made history with the headline: DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN).

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