The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are currently in South Africa for an official visit. On November 4, 2011, the royal couple visited the Phinda Game Reserve in Johannesburg where they had a chanceto view many animals in their natural habitat. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will also visit Tanzania in the next day or so where they will take part in the “… celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Tanzania’s independence from the United Kingdom. [They will also meet] President Jakaya Kitwete at his residence in the country’s largest city, Dar es Salaam.”
Overall, the purpose of the visit to South Africa and Tanzania is to focus on environmental issues, sustainability, education and trade.
On March 17, 2011, Wallis, The Duchess of Windsor’s clothing as well as purses will be auctioned off through Kerry Taylor Auctions “…in conjunction with Sotheby’s…” and will be held at the La Galleria in London, England. There are thirty-five items up for auction which include a Louis Vuitton vanity case, an Alligator purse, Anglisano crocodile shoes, and a bunch of clothing.
Per the Daily Mail newspaper:
Wallis’s clothes were in mint condition. She was obsessed with everything being perfect. Almost every item in the auction is stamped with her identity as a Duchess, even the bath mats. And her negligees. One fascinating item in the auction is a tortoiseshell dressing set, circa 1928, inlaid with the initials WSW in gilt.
Wallis was trapped in a gilded cage, the couple didn’t have children, she was banished by polite society, there was nothing much for her to do. ‘And so she went shopping,’ says Taylor.
‘She would change her outfit several times a day. Her hairdresser came every day. When she rose in the morning, her sheets were removed, pressed and put back in time for her afternoon nap.’
What Wallis wore always made headlines. ‘She was the first style icon,’ says Kerry. ‘She experimented, she loved clothes, and she moved with the times.’
All proceeds from this auction will go to the Dodi al-Fayed International Charitable Foundation.
To learn more about the auction please click the link: Kerry Taylor Auctions To view some of the items please click the link below.