The Duke and Duchess of Windsor
Edward VIII of Britain abdicated the throne in 1936—after just 11 months as king—so he could marry his true love, American divorcee Wallis Simpson. The newly dubbed Duke and Duchess of Windsor left Britain for France, where they lived before and after World War II. In 1952, they found a perfect romantic retreat at Le Moulin de la Tuilerie, a country cottage near Versailles. Simpson once described their residence as "our only real home." The house served as a weekend getaway, where they entertained friends, including the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (see above).