Sunday, February 8, 2015

257 Quiz Answer

Wallis Simpson, of Baltimore MD, married as her third husband the Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII, who abdicated his throne in 1936 to marry her.

(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "E" is for "extreme")

I’ve always been interested in those folks of the historical record who might not have been important in themselves, but somehow they made a huge splash in history.  In the following scenelet they’re talking about a certain woman.  Who was she?
“She could almost have been Queen of England! Who could have imagined such a thing when she was a kid back in Baltimore.”
“Not much chance of that happening.”
“You mean because she was a foreigner?  England had foreign queens in the past, you know.”
“Not like her.  Trust me.”
“You mean because she was divorced, right?”
“She wasn’t divorced; she was twice divorced.”
“Yes, I can see that would put the kibosh on it.  But the King was crazy about her.  She could have been his Royal Consort, or some such thing.”
“Again, not a chance.  The entire royal establishment would frown on it.  Fact is, they couldn’t stand her.”
“Makes me wonder just what he found so wonderful about her.”
“It was like this.  She was always devious; she could be sort of venomous and yet also clever and funny, and she specialized in sarcastic quips and remarks, often made to the King about his family.  He had never heard anyone talk like that; it blew him away.”
“And he didn’t object?”
“He loved it.  She went to the extreme.  Her name for the Queen Mother was ‘Cake,’ because she felt that her fashion sense made her look like a wedding cake. And she called the Princess, who after all was to become queen, ‘Shirley,’ as in Shirley Temple.”
“A wonder they let her stay in the country.  Though come to think of it, they didn’t.”
“She had experienced the ultimate fairy tale: becoming the adored favorite of the most glamorous eligible bachelor of his time, and then – well, it all went wrong.”
“As fairy tales often do.”
 
"Wallis and Gromit" 

44 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

If this isn't Wallis Simpson, I have no idea.

Berowne said...

Roger Owen Green, as he has so often done in the past, has provided us with the right answer.

kaykuala said...

Mrs. Wallis Simpson from Baltimore, that's right! Finally Berowne after being stumped for many times!

Hank

Karen S. said...

Ah yes the lovely, Wallis Simpson! The Duchess of Windsor.

Berowne said...

Two "winners": kaykuala and Karen S both have the correct answer.

Gillena Cox said...

my guess is Princess Diana ( The Lady Diana Spencer)

have a nice Sunday

much love...

naturgesetz said...

Wallis Warfield Simpson, the woman Edward VIII loved, who became the Duchess of Windsor.

Kathe W. said...

Poor Wallis Simpson- she might have missed being Queen, but she was married eventually to her sweetheart Edward VIII

rel said...

Wallis Simpson?

The Blog of Bee said...

Sorry but that awful woman, Wallis Simpson!

Berowne said...

Quite a list of right answers - from naturgesetz, Kathe W, rel and Blog of Bee.

Altonian said...

This is the (in)famous Mrs. Simpson, who got just what she deserved by marrying that wimp Edward, Prince of Wales.

Berowne said...

Altonian has just checked in with the correct answer.

Gail said...

The name is on the edge of my tongue but I give up.

You need not publish this. I just wanted to let you know how I appreciate your kind comments on my blog.

Doctor FTSE said...

A doddle for your UK fans, Mr.B. Wallis Simpson, for whom Edward VIII abdicated his throne.

Berowne said...

Another right answer, this time from Doc FTSE.

Old Egg said...

Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor.

Tess Kincaid said...

Wallis Simpson

Helena said...

Wot Kathe W and Blog of Bee said!

Berowne said...

Old Egg and our own Tess Kincaid both have the correct answer.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Wallis Simpson

ellen b said...

Well my brain is toast and I'll have to wait till Saturday!

Berowne said...

Eddie Bluelights has just coughed up the right answer.

Reader Wil said...

Hi! Could it be the marriage of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson?
Have a great week ! Thank you for writing these interesting stories.
Wil, ABCW Team

Leslie: said...

I think this is quite obvious to anyone who is a "royal watcher." It's Wallis Simpson who married Edward VIII, who abdicated the British throne for her.

Hildred said...

Oh, easy one, - Wallace Simpson, - suppose we should thank her that the present Queen was able to ascend the throne and be such a magnificent and caring monarch.

Trubes said...

Wallis Simpson later to become The Duchess of Windsor.

Best wishes,
Di.
ABCW team.

Berowne said...

Four more with the correct answer: Reader Wil, Leslie, Hildred and Trubes.

Photo Cache said...

No clue.

My ABC WEDNESDAY

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Oh. that Wallis Simpson had Edward undone at first glance! "For the woman I love..." And then poor George had to really work on his speech impediment. She ended up being a real piece of work, too, and the tipping point was her entertainment of Nazi sympathizers, to which George responded by taking that damned throne!

Berowne said...

Sharp Little Pencil has just penciled in a right answer.

Kutamun said...

Lang Hancocks housemaid come consort Rose ..
See channel nine .com.au "house of hancock" ...stunning scenes of the iron ore ranges of the pilbara !
Cheers mate

Jae Rose said...

If only I knew...there's dear Kate and poor Diana...personally i would exile the desire to be any kind of queen to wonderland! but still love your quizzes Berowne

Anita said...

No clue. Looking forward to the answer :)
Have a great week!

Sheilagh Lee said...

Wallis Simpson

Berowne said...

Another right answer, this one from Sheilagh Lee.

keiths ramblings said...

I'll give Old Eggy a call then maybe I can actually make myself look clever this week!

Berowne said...

"Old Eggy"? Careful, don't insult him. He cannot take a yolk,.

Daily Panic said...

No clue, but I like the riddle.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Wally Simpson. I'm reading a mystery series by Rhys Bowen in which Mrs. Simpson sometimes appears or is talked about by the Prince's mum. She does not like the American at all. It's a hoot.

Berowne said...

Su-sieee! Mac has just joined us with the correct answer.

rallentanda said...

Wallis Simpson

Marie said...

Wallis Simpson!

Berowne said...

Two more right answers, from rallentanda and Marie.

 
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