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The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, in 1935.

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, in 1935. The picture on which Edward wrote 'We are two'.

King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, the American woman who captured his heart, had a secret love code. The King, when he was Prince of Wales, often doodled the letters W.E., their Christian name initials, on scraps of paper and sometimes he would draw a crown above the letters. He discovered that by joining the letters together, they interlocked naturally and in this way the word WE became to him a symbol of their love.

He commissioned a W.E. brooch from Cartiers with the W picked out in rubies and the E in sapphires, the colour of his eyes. It was made after he returned from his cruise with Wallace in the luxury yacht Nahlin, when he decided that he could not live without her and only a few weeks before the Abdication Crisis in 1939.

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Taken on January 20, 2012
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