The Chateau de
Cande will not be on everyone's list of Loire Valley
chateaux to visit but it has a unique attraction - a
fairytale of its own. It was here
event which was to change the history of the British
monarchy took place,the marriage of Edward, Prince
of Wales to the American divorcee Wallis Simpson
on June 3rd 1937. Although it was actually his
abdication the previous year did that - but it was
so he could have this wedding.
Edward's future wife, Wallis Simpson, had come here
to escape the press who were making life very
uncomfortable while she had been staying with
friends in Cannes. She had been invited by Fern
Bedaux the wife of the then owner of Chateau de
Cande. It also seemed the ideal place to have the
The interior of the
chateau is delightful and has many connections with the
famous couple including a surprising bit a graffiti...On
one of the panels to the right of the fireplace
is engraved with the words 'Ed & Wally were here' - only
joking it is in fact the signatures of Edward & Wallis.
dressing room there is a display
outfits from major designers of the time. Her jewels
from Cartier are on display along with her painted
luggage,handbags, and some of the gowns made for her.
'Music room' of the chateau is where the couple were
married. A copy Wallis'
wedding dress is on display beside a copy of the Cecile
Beaton photograph marking the occasion.
The other rooms of this Loire Valley
chateau are worth the tour with our favourite being the
Art Deco bathroom
The grounds of the chateau cover an area of 250 hectares
with a marked path and a lake and a stroll through then
can finish off a good day out.
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