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The Princess Royal and her brother the Duke of Windsor

March 11th, 1953 - The Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII and his younger sister, Princess Mary, the Princess Royal on their arrival in Southampton on the Queen Elizabeth. The Princess had curtailed her tour of the West Indies and the Duke had brought forward a visit to London because of the illness of Queen Mary, their mother. Queen Mary died in March 1953. Date: 1953

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11th 1953 Pair Royals Southampton Travelled Windsor


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In this evocative black-and-white photograph, taken on March 11, 1953, The Princess Royal, Princess Mary, and her brother, the Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII, are seen beaming with joy as they arrive in Southampton aboard the Queen Elizabeth. The siblings' visit to Britain had been arranged due to the illness of their mother, Queen Mary, who was gravely ill in London. The Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry Wallis Simpson, had originally planned to travel to New York for a holiday. However, he brought forward his visit to the UK upon hearing of his mother's deteriorating health. The Princess Royal, who was in the midst of a tour of the West Indies, curtailed her trip to join her brother and mother in London. The image captures the warmth and closeness of the royal family, despite the challenging circumstances. The Duke of Windsor, dressed in a smart suit and hat, sits confidently next to his sister, who wears a stylish hat and coat. Both siblings appear relaxed and happy, their smiles reflecting the relief and joy of being reunited with their ailing mother. The Queen Elizabeth, a symbol of British maritime power and elegance, serves as the perfect backdrop to this poignant moment in royal history. The ship, which had only entered service a few years earlier, was a testament to the country's resilience and determination in the face of adversity. This photograph, taken in the 1950s, offers a glimpse into the personal lives of the royal family during a time of change and uncertainty. It serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring bond between siblings and the importance of family during times of need.

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