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Wallis Simpson: A life in pictures

Wallis Simpson changed the face of the monarchy, quite literally, when King Edward VIII, abdicated so that he could marry her. The twice-divorced American charmed the then-Prince with her blasé attitude towards the importance of monarchy, but was subject of much criticism throughout her life from royalist gossip-mongers upset by the Edward's abdication.

With Madonna in the directing chair for the latest film to examine Simpson's life, W.E., we take a look at the life of "that woman". Click an image below to open the gallery.

Picture credits: Rex Features

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