Queen Mother Sent Christmas Cards To Windsors
Nov. 07, 1988
LONDON (AP) _ Christmas cards found in the Paris home of the late Duke and Duchess of Windsor indicate the Queen Mother Elizabeth sought to heal the rift caused by the abdication of King Edward VIII, Press Association reported.
The British domestic news agency said Sunday the recent discovery of the cards counters reports of a continuing feud between the Queen Mother, now aged 88, and the Windsors. It said the cards show the Queen Mother made overtures of affection to her brother-in-law and his wife.
Edward abdicated in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson, and was succeeded by his brother, King George VI, husband of the Queen Mother. George died in 1952.
The Windsors lived out their lives in France, where the duke died in 1972 and the duchess died in 1986. Press Association's court correspondent Tom Corby and photographer Ron Bell toured the Windsors' Paris mansion over the weekend.
Corby wrote that conservationists are restoring the building for Mohammed Al-Fayed, to whom the city of Paris assigned the lease after the death of the duchess. Al-Fayed owns Harrods department store in London and the Ritz Hotel in Paris.
Corby said among the memorabilia found in the mansion were Christmas cards from members of the British royal family.
Corby said that in the 10 years or so before the duke's death, there appeared to be a reconciliation. In 1968, he said, the Queen Mother, signing herself Elizabeth, sent her ''best wishes'' for Christmas ''with my love''.
He said the current British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, her husband and other relatives also sent seasonal wishes to the Windsors.