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Old 16-08-2014, 02:27 PM   #148
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The 'Villa Windsor' is a mansion located 4 route du Champ d'Entraînement, Paris,within the Bois de Boulogne close to Neuilly-sur-Seine.. The house is owned by the city of Paris and was the Paris home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor..Following Edward VIII's abdication as King Emperor in 1936, he was created Duke of Windsor by King George VI in 1937..The villa was leased to the Windsors by the city of Paris at a nominal rent from 1952 to 1986. The Duke and Duchess both died in the house, in 1972 and 1986 respectively..The Windsors also occupied the Moulin de la Tuilerie, in open countryside to the south west of Paris, where they spent most weekends and summer vacations..The Duke and Duchess also occupied Château de la Croë on the Cap d'Antibes on the French Riviera (Côte D'Azur)..

When Wallis died in 1986, the house was returned to the city of Paris. Later that year, the London-based Egyptian business man Mohamed Al-Fayed, owner of Harrods, signed a 50-year lease on the villa..The rent was one million francs a year, subject to the condition that he spend thirty million francs renovating the house..Mohamed Al-Fayed extensively refurbished and restored the 'Villa Windsor', and for his efforts was promoted to an Officier in the Légion d'honneur in 1989..Al-Fayed's son Dodi, and Diana, Princess of Wales visited the villa for half an hour on the day of their deaths in 1997...

In July 1997, Al-Fayed announced that an auction of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor's possessions from the Villa Windsor would take place later that year in New York. He had bought the contents of the property for the equivalent of US$4.5 million from the principal beneficiary of the Duchess's estate, the Pasteur Institute.. The items to be offered for sale had personal value for the royal family and included the desk at which Edward had abdicated in 1936, a collection of some ten thousand photographs, and a doll given to Edward by his mother, Queen Mary..Following the deaths of Al-Fayed's son Dodi and Diana, Princess of Wales, the auction was postponed, but it eventually took place in February 1998 at Sotheby's New York, with more than 40,000 items for sale, divided into 3,200 lots.. The proceeds from the auction went to the Dodi Fayed International Charitable Foundation and causes associated with the late Princess of Wales..Members of the British royal family were believed to have purchased items in the sale...

On George VI's death in 1952, the Duke returned to England for the funeral. The Duchess did not attend; the previous October whilst staying in London she had told her husband,I hate this country. I shall hate it to my grave." Later that year, they were offered the use of a house by the Paris municipal authorities.. The couple lived at 4 route du Champ d'Entraînement in Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris for most of the remainder of their lives, essentially living a life of easy retirement.. They bought a second house in the country, Moulin de la Tuilerie or "The Mill" in Gif-sur-Yvette, where they soon became close friends of their neighbours, Oswald and Diana Mosley.. Years later, Diana Mosley claimed that the Duke and Duchess shared her and her husband's views that Hitler should have been given a free hand to destroy Communism..As the Duke himself wrote in the New York Daily News of 13 December 1966: "... it was in Britain's interest and in Europe's too, that Germany be encouraged to strike east and smash Communism forever ... I thought the rest of us could be fence-sitters while the Nazis and the Reds slogged it out."..In 1965, the Duke and Duchess visited London as the Duke required eye surgery for a detached retina; Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, visited them. The Duke's sister, the Princess Royal, also visited just 10 days before her death.. They attended her memorial service in Westminster Abbey.. Later, in 1967, the Duke and Duchess joined the royal family in London for the unveiling of a plaque by Elizabeth II to commemorate the centenary of Queen Mary's birth.. Both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles visited the Windsors in Paris in the Duke's later years, the Queen's visit coming only shortly before the Duke died...

Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley, 6th Baronet of Ancoats (16 November 1896 – 3 December 1980) was an English politician, known principally as the founder of the British Union of Fascists (BUF)..Although relatively well funded, Mosley often overemphasized intellectual fine points that appealed to few voters, opposed free trade and associated closely with Nazi Germany. Mosley was interned in 1940 and the BUF was proscribed. He was released in 1943, and politically disillusioned in Britain he moved abroad in 1951, spending most of the remainder of his life in France...Diana Mitford, The Hon. Lady Mosley (née Freeman-Mitford; 17 June 1910 – 11 August 2003) was one of Britain's noted Mitford sisters. She was married first to Bryan Walter Guinness, heir to the barony of Moyne, and secondly to Sir Oswald Mosley, 6th Baronet, of Ancoats, leader of the British Union of Fascists.. Her second marriage, in 1936, took place at the home of Joseph Goebbels, with Adolf Hitler as guest of honour.. She caused controversy when she appeared on Desert Island Discs in 1989..Family friend, James Lees-Milne wrote of her beauty, "She was the nearest thing to Botticelli's Venus that I have ever seen"...

1921 - Appointment as official purveyor to the Prince of Wales, future King Edward VIII who, on abdicating in 1936, became the Duke of Windsor. Creation of the Tank cintrée watch..The Embassy of the United States of America in Paris is the diplomatic mission of the United States of America in the French Republic. The embassy is the oldest diplomatic mission of the United States.. Benjamin Franklin and some of the other Founding Fathers were the earliest United States Ambassadors to France.. It is located at 2 Avenue Gabriel, on the northwest corner of the Place de la Concorde, in the 8th arrondissement..The so-called "Talleyrand building" at 2 rue Saint-Florentin formerly housed the American Embassy Consular Services, Public and Cultural Affairs offices, several other government agencies and the George C. Marshall Center.. Most of these offices were moved to the embassy proper.. Constructed in 1769 as a private residence, the property was acquired in 1812 by Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, who owned it until his death in 1838..It was then purchased by the banker James Mayer de Rothschild, whose family, owned it for over a century, until 1950, when it was acquired by the U.S. government..The nearby property at 41 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, known as the Hôtel de Pontalba, was built by Louis Visconti for the New Orleans–born Baroness Micaela Almonester de Pontalba between 1842 and 1855..Edmond James de Rothschild acquired the building in 1876.. His estate sold it in 1948 to the U.S. government, and today it is the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to France..The U.S. State Department owns 3 buildings in Paris to support its diplomatic, consular, trade and cultural activities which are: the Embassy of the United States in Paris, the Hôtel de Pontalba also called Hôtel Rothschild (U.S. Ambassador’s residence), and the Hôtel Talleyrand. More details about the last two mansions can be found in the Secretary of State’s Register of Culturally Significant Properties...

An Italian diplomat remembered Wallis from her time in Warlord era China: "Her conversation was brilliant and she had the habit of bringing up the right subject of conversation with anyone she came in contact with and entertaining them on that subject." According to Hui-lan Koo, the second wife of Chinese diplomat and politician Wellington Koo, the only Mandarin Chinese phrase that Wallis learned during her sojourn in Asia was "Boy, pass me the champagne"..., they can't hurt you if you don't let them..How do you find living in England Mrs Simpson?..I'm always cold..Maybe you need someone to keep you warm?..

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