Expert claims Wallis Simpson’s untraditional wedding dress was ‘appropriate’

Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII married on June 3, 1937, at the Château de Candé, which was lent to them by the French millionaire Charles Bedaux.

Despite the controversy surrounding the nuptials, Wallis and Edward’s wedding went ahead and the new Duchess of Windsor looked beautiful in a Mainbocher wedding dress.

Susie Nelson, a stylist and founder of Modes and More, spoke exclusively to to explain why Wallis broke tradition with her wedding dress.

She claimed: “The wedding of Wallis and Edward took place at Chateau de Cande in the Loire Valley, in 1937.

“She chose a pale blue (‘Wallis’ blue) rather simple, but elegant crepe gown by the US designer, Main Rousseau Bocher.”

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Most royal brides in the UK wear white or ivory, with Lady Gabriella Kingston being a rare example who chose very pale pink.

Other royal brides across the world such as Charlene, Princess of Monaco opted to wear blue at her civil wedding, followed by a white dress at her religious wedding.

Ms Nelson explained why Wallis likely opted against wearing a traditional white wedding dress.

She opined: “As this was her third wedding, a white/ivory gown would not have been appropriate.

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“She accessorised the dress with a straw halo hat, suitable for a small country wedding.”

Edward and Wallis’s marriage was highly controversial at the time. It led to a constitutional crisis and King Edward’s shocking abdication on December 10, 1936.

Wallis had been twice divorced by the time she married the King, which was deemed inappropriate because of Edward’s position as head of the Church of England.

As a result, Edward’s younger brother Bertie became King George VI and Edward and Wallis received new titles – the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.