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Edward, looking pensive before the ceremony - He had hoped, even on the morning of the wedding, that at least his brother might attend.<br />
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Previously unseen photographs of the most notorious wedding of the twentieth century have come to light - in a secret album only distributed to the small number of guest’s.<br />
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The series of candid photographs from the marriage of Edward VIII to his mistress Wallis Simpson in June 1937 have come to light 80 years after the he sparked a constitutional crisis in Britain.<br />
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The intimate photos were taken by Lady Alexandra Metcalfe, wife of Edward's best man Major Edward 'Fruity' Metcalfe, who had assumed the role of unofficial photographer at the simple ceremony.<br />
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The private pictures were distributed only to the handful of guest's at the Chateau, and this set was given to W. Cunningham Graham, the British consul at Nante.<br />
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They show how Edward's marriage to Wallis Simpson was in stark contrast to the opulent weddings that Royal Family members are usually afforded.<br />
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Bellmans auctioneers in Billingshurst, West Sussex are selling the fascinating album on 30th November.