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American women demand Wallis is invited to Elizabeth's wedding

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 November 10, 1947

A group of "indignant American women are demanding that the Duchess of Windsor be admitted to Princess Elizabeth's wedding later this month, according to a United Press dispatch.  These women believe that the Marshal Aid plan to the United Kingdom "be withheld if the duchess remains socially ostracized."

The Duchess' supporters have been sending letters to Marlborough House, the residence of Queen Mother, but the letters will not be answered.

One woman, Mrs. Thelma Hall Quast of Beggs, Oklahoma, told United Press' London bureau that she is one of many American women who are "downright indignant" about the "treatment accorded" to the American-born duchess.

It is believed that the letters have been sent to Marlborough because of the Queen Mother's "unwavering opposition."  She has never forgiven the duchess "for causing her son to abdicate." 

Queen Mary is the widow of King George V, father of the present King, George VI, who is the bride's father.

Mrs. Quast and her friends want the U.S. government to withhold aid until the British royal family agrees to receive the Duchess of Windsor.

An invitation is unlikely as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor are sailing to New York on the Queen Mary and are expected to stay in the United States even after the princess' wedding, which will take place on November 20.

[Thelma Hall Quast was 47 years old in November 1947.  She died on May 20. 1988 at the age of 88.  She is buried in the Rose Hill Memorial Park in Tula, Oklahoma. She worked for five years "as a writer for the woman's pages of the Chico Enterprise-Record.  She wrote about birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions, and local history.  Thelma was the daughter of Henderson Crawford Hall VI and Blanche Scott.  She married Anthony Carsten Quast (1893-1947.]

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