一个国王的爱情故事
The love of a king


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    The Duke and Duchess of Windsor
    The Duke and Duchess of Windsor
    
    1894 Edward is born in Richmond, England.
    1896 Wallis is born in Baltimore,USA.
    1911 Edward becomes Prince of Wales.
    1912 Edward enters Oxford University.
    1914 The First World War begins.Edward sees fighing on the front line in Belgium.
    1916 Wallis marries Winfield Spencer.
    1920 Edward begins a five-year journey round the world. He visits 45 countries and travels 240 000 kilometres.
    1927 Wallis divorces Winfield Spencer.
    1928 Wallis marries Ernest Simpson.
    1930 Edward meets Wallis at a weekend house party.
    1936 January King George V dies. Edward is now King.
    June Edward tells his mother that he wants to marry Wallis.
    December Edward gives the crown to his brother and leaves Eng-land.
    1937 Edward and Wallis marry in France. They take the name Duke and Duchess of Windsor.None of the Royal Family come to the wedding.For the next thirty years the Duke and Duchess live out-side England.
    1966 Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ meets the Duke and Duchess at a small party in London.'It's time to forget the past,'she says.
    1972 Edward dies in Paris.His body is buried in England at Windsor Castle.
    1986 Wallis dies in Paris and is buried next to Edward at Windsor.
    IN APRIL 1987, THREE HUNDRED PEOPLE CAME TO A SMALL room in Geneva,Switzerland. There were Presidents and Kings, film stars and millionaires. They came from the four corners of the world, east and west,north and south,and they spoke many languages.
    But they all wanted one thing—to buy some jewellery.It was the jewellery that a man called Edward gave a woman called Wallis.
    One woman,Mrs Namiki from Japan,paid $105000 for a gold ring.
    'Why did you pay all that money?'a friend asked.'You can buy a gold ring in Tokyo for half that money.'
    'Because Wallis and Edward were special to me,'Mrs Namiki replied. 'I never met them but I'll keep that ring all my life.'
    In the next few hours, in that small room in Geneva, the jew-ellery was sold for$50000000. But who was Wallis? And who was Edward? And why was their love story so special?
    Let's begin at the beginning…
    
    温莎公爵和夫人
    
    1894 爱德华出生在英国的里士满。
    1896 沃利斯出生在美国巴尔的摩。
    1911 爱德华成为威尔士亲王。
    1912 爱德华进入牛津大学。
    1914 第一次世界大战爆发。爱德华在比利时前线督战。
    1916 沃利斯与温菲尔德·斯潘塞结婚。
    1920 爱德华开始了为期5年的环球旅行。他访问了45个国家,行程达24万公里。
    1927 沃利斯与温菲尔德·斯潘塞离婚。
    1928 沃利斯与欧内斯特·辛普森结婚。
    1930 爱德华在一个周末家庭招待会上与沃利斯相识。
    1936 1月:国王乔治五世逝世。爱德华登基。
    6月:爱德华告诉母亲,他要与沃利斯结婚。
    12月:爱德华将王位让给弟弟,然后离开英国。
    1937 爱德华和沃利斯在法国结婚。他们被封为温莎公爵和夫人。皇族中没有人去参加他们的婚礼。在以后的30年里,公爵和夫人一直在英国以外的国家居住。
    1966 女王伊丽莎白二世在伦敦的一个小型聚会上与温莎公爵和夫人相遇。她说:“现在是忘记过去的时候了。”
    1972 爱德华在巴黎逝世。他的遗体埋葬在英国的温莎城堡。
    1986 沃利斯在巴黎去世,葬在温莎城堡爱德华的墓旁。
    1987年4月,300人来到瑞士日内瓦的一间小屋子。他们当中有总统和国王,影星和百万富翁。他们来自世界各地,天南地北,操着各种语言。
    但他们来的目的只有一个——买珠宝。这些珠宝是一位名叫爱德华的男人送给一位名叫沃利斯的女士的。
    有一位从日本来的并木夫人,出价105 000美元买了一枚金戒。
    “你为什么花那么多钱?”一位朋友问。“在东京,有这一半的钱就能买一枚金戒。”
    并木夫人答道:“因为沃利斯和爱德华对我有特殊的意义,我从未结识过他们,但这枚戒指我将终生珍藏。”
    在随后的几个小时内,这些珠宝在日内瓦的那间小屋子里被拍卖,总额为5000万美元。但是,沃利斯是谁?爱德华又是谁呢?他们的爱情故事为什么那么特别?
    让我们从头说起……
    

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