Royal pugs, did you know the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were avid Pug lovers?
Owning their own Grumble of royal pugs we love these pictures. They were found in their house when their Paris home was auctioned off.
It was not until 1988 that the mahogany lid covering the bathtub in the Duke’s bathroom was lifted to reveal the most exciting find. An additional hoard of some ten thousand photographs some of which we have here.
In 1997, Sotheby’s auctioned off the contents of the Paris home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Included in their possessions were their pug pillows that were arranged at the foot of the Duchess’ bed. Although Wallis, the Duchess, was very fastidious about cleanliness, she allowed the royal pugs to sleep in the bed with her. Paper money for the Duchess was either ordered new and crisp from a bank or washed, cleaned and ironed by the housemaids. In addition coins were also always washed. Each evening, just before dinner was served, two maids could be found carrying bedsheets through the halls by their corners. Their bed linens, having just been ironed, were destined for the rooms of the Duke and Duchess. Wallis could not stand wrinkles in her bed….
Once the bed was made, a plastic sheet was spread on top of their satin eiderdown so that the royal pugs could climb onto the bed with Wallis. There she fed them the hand-baked dog biscuits which were prepared fresh each day by her chef.
Usually the royal pugs slept on the bed with her, although the Duke’s favorite pug might disappear during the night. He would go through their boudoir to his own spot which was at the foot of his master’s bed.” The Duchess of Windsor: The Uncommon Life of Wallis Simpson by Greg King