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The Royal Governor.....and the Duchess - Owen Platt

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Title
The Royal Governor.....and the Duchess - The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in the Bahamas 1940-1945
Author
Owen Platt
format
Hardback
Publisher
iUniverse
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20030714

At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, the British government, alarmed at the Duke and Duchess of Windsor's association with the Nazis and the possibility that they would remove themselves to the United States to preach their pacifist (and slightly pro-German) credo, decided that a job had to be found for the ex-King Edward VIII. and his wife, the American, Wallis Simpson. He was appointed Governor of The Bahamas, one of the smallest and least important possessions of the British Empire, far away from the scene of battle.

Away from their sybaritic living in the south of France, the couple struggled unhappily with the very different lifestyle of minor colonial life. This story is of their successes and their failures during their last official service to The British--and of the only Royal Governor to have served in British colonial history.

Owen Platt's recounting of their escapades in wartime Bahamas is a fascinating insight into a little known aspect of British history.

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Type
BOOK
Country of Publication
United States
Number of Pages
128

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