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Wednesday
Sep082010

the duke and duchess in the south of france



I can’t stop staring at these stunning photos of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor at their private estate in the South of France. Have you ever seen anything so picturesque? I’m tickled to see that the Duke tended to his own garden. And I love that his little pugs were always at his feet! So sweet. I wish I knew exactly where this estate was located... I have reason to suspect that it was in Biarritz, France, but I’m not 100% sure. Hugo Vickers’ “The Private World of the Duke and Duchess” is next on my reading list... I can’t imagine that the book would not include a segment about this enchanting estate. When I find out, I’ll let you know :)

(Photos by Frank Scherschel for Life)

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Reader Comments (13)

Those pugs! I'm crazy for them! These photos are such a lovely, true glimpse into their lives, and I'm completely charmed by the gardening Duke.

09.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLena

Oh, I'll have to read that, too. I think about their love a lot. It is so rare and special.

Julie-- I do, too. I recently read somewhere that the FBI discovered that Wallis had several affairs.. I just can't believe that to be true!

09.8.2010 | Registered Commentera lovely being

It's so amazing -- I, too, love that the Duke tended to things himself. It's nice to see people being themselves.

09.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi

Check out the blog A Bloomsbury Life. She wrote a post a few months ago about a house in France previously lived in by the Duke and Duchess. It is now available to rent! I think it is the same one.

09.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Porter

Katie -- thank you!! I'm heading over there as soon as I can to check it out :)

09.8.2010 | Unregistered Commentera lovely being

It is certainly one and the same. I have filed it away in my dream vacation file. Here is the link http://abloomsburylife.blogspot.com/2010/05/scandal-ridden-royalty-slept-here.html

09.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Porter

thank you thank you thank you! so excited to go through the post. I'll have to do an add-on to today's post when I have more time and link to this!

09.8.2010 | Unregistered Commentera lovely being

Oh I love those images, they seem so surreal and amazing. I really like the yellow tone of things and the little pugs as well!

09.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Emily -- I agree, the yellow tone makes the photos. surreal is a perfect description :)

09.9.2010 | Registered Commentera lovely being

Thank you so very much for these beautiful pictures. I have been and avid Duke of Windsor since my mother watched THE WOMAN HE LOVED with Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour in my teens.

Do we know if they are still conducting tours of the actual Villa in Paris?

07.9.2013 | Unregistered Commenterheather

The house Le Moulin was situated outside Paris and not in the South of France. They leased another house called Chateau La Croe at Antibes in the South of France. A beautifull white Villa next to the Eden Roc Hotel. I walked around the estate on holiday.
After the Lease it was leased by Onassis.

07.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeffrey

As the last post said, the pictures are from "Le Moulin de la Tuilerie", in a place called Gif-sur-Yvette, south-west of Paris, which was their "Weekend home".
Other pictures of this site are said to be of the Windsor Villa in the Bois de Boulogne, but are in fact their former parisian home, 24 boulevard Suchet (75016)in Paris, which is just outside the Bois de Boulogne (and now the parisian Ambassy of the Ivory Coast). I cannot find pictures of the Windsor Villa, which is within the Bois de Boulogne, at this address 4 avenue du champs d'entrainement (75016) Paris, where they both (the Duke and the Duchess) died.

10.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJames

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