68 Years Ago In Time

News of the impending nuptials of Charles and Camilla pales next to the scandalous announcement in 1936 that England's King Edward VIII would abdicate to marry soon-to-be-divorced American WALLIS WARFIELD SIMPSON, TIME's 1936 Woman of the Year.

She was born in one of those typical Southern families who all more or less descend from William the Conqueror ... She resolved early to make men her career, and in 40 years reached the top--or almost. No man she careered is known to have ever said a word not in her praise. Apart from her first husband Commander Earl Winfield Spencer, U.S.N., and...

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