By early December of 1936, Wallis’ relationship with the ex-king became public knowledge, and the American socialite fled to France to avoid the press. Edward signed the Instrument of Abdication on December 10, 1936, and was succeeded by his brother George VI. “You must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King, as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I love,” Edward said in a radio broadcast. He was the first British royal monarch to give up the throne voluntarily.
Wallis’s divorce from Simpson was finalized in May 1937, and she and Edward were married at the Château de Candé on June 3, 1937. Wallis did become Duchess of Windsor and her husband the Duke of Windsor.
During World War II, Wallis and Edward traveled to places such as Miami, New York, and the Bahamas until they finally returned home to France after the defeat of Nazi Germany. The Duke and Duchess lived together until 1972, when Edward passed away from cancer at their home in Paris, only a few weeks shy of his 78th birthday.
After Edward’s death, Wallis was financially supported by her husband’s estate but suffered from dementia and soon became reclusive. In 1980, she lost the power to speak and became bedridden before her death on April 24, 1986, at her home in Paris.
Though she caused one of the biggest scandals in the history of the British monarchy, Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, was honored in the same way as any other member of the British royal family. The archbishop of Canterbury performed her final blessing, was later buried next to Edward at Frogmore Estate in Windsor.
Duchess of Windsor (Wallis Spencer-Simpson) Passport 1966. Spouse of Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII of England). The British passport “Her Grace, the Duchess of Windsor,” delivered by the General Consul of Paris in December 1966. Document featuring the portrait and the signature of the Duchess of Windsor, including different visas, produced during her travels between 1966 and 1976 (France, Portugal, Spain, United States, Bahamas) with the customs stamps (Le Havre, Cannes, New-York…).
Her passport was sold at an auction in Monaco in April 2019 for 9500 EUR including premium.