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Wallis, Duchess of Windsor Signed Photograph, 1940
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Wallis, Duchess of Windsor Signed Photograph, 1940

Measurements: Overall: 26cm (10.25in) x 19.5cm (7.75in)

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A Second World War autograph signed black and white photograph taken in Parliament Square, Nassau, Bahamas on the occasion of the Duke of Windsor’s induction as Governor of the Bahamas in August 1940. The Duke is shown saluting the Guard of Honour as the National Anthem is played. To the Duke’s right is Lieutenant Oppe, R.N., A.D.C., who at the Duke’s command permitted the press photographers to proceed beyond the police line and take their photographs. The present image was widely circulated, appearing in the Jamaica Gleaner in August 1940 and in Britain in The Bystander in September 1940. Image size: 16cm (6.25) x 11cm (4.4in). Framed under conservation glass.

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor reached the Bahamas by commercial liner from Lisbon in August 1940 whence the Duke was installed as Governor. Wallis (1896-1986) performed her role as the Bahamas' first lady competently for five years; she worked actively for the Red Cross and in the improvement of infant welfare. However, she hated Nassau, calling it ‘our St Helena’ in reference to Napoleon’s place of exile. She was heavily criticised in the British press for her extravagant shopping in the United States. In 1941, Churchill strenuously objected when she and her husband planned to tour the Caribbean aboard a yacht belonging to a Swedish magnate and suspected pro-Nazi, Axel Wenner-Gren. According to the Duke’s Private Secretary the British establishment distrusted the Duchess, suspecting that her supposed anti-British activities were motivated by a desire for revenge against a country that rejected her as its queen.

 

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