Friday, October 20, 2017

Mrs. Dudley Ward marries in England

October 20, 1937

Mrs. Dudley Ward, "one-time dancing partner of the Duke of Windsor and internationally known Mayfair hostess,"  was married today at the Marylebone Registry office to  Pedro Jose Isidro Manuel Ricardo Mones, the Marques de Casa Maury, reports the Associated Press.

The bride, who is 43 years old,  is the former Winifred (Freda) Mary  Birkin, eldest daughter of the late Colonel Charles Birkin of Lamcote, Radcliffe-on-Trent, and his American wife, Clarie Howe.  In 1913, she married the Right Hon. William Dudley Ward, who served as Vice Chamberlain from 1917 to 1922. 

The couple had two daughters, Penelope (1914) and Claire (1916) before divorcing in 1931.

The Marques is a Cuban citizen but has retained his Spanish title.  He divorced his first wife, Paula Gellibrand, in 1932.  He runs a "motion-picture theatre" in London's Mayfair area.

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