GREAT BRITAIN: Duchess' Rank

Exactly one year after Edward VIII's abdication appeared last week a new edition of Burke's Peerage, ranking the Duchess of Windsor in England as the 33rd Lady in the Land, ranking the Duke 4th (i.e., after his three brothers). It was next discovered last week that the new Debrett's Peerage, an equally standard work, ranks the Duchess as 8th Lady. Consulted about this discrepancy, the Royal College of Arms this week inclined to agree with Debrett's, but weaseled by declaring "only the King is able to state the exact position."

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