Freda Dudley Ward

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Winifred May, Marquesa de Casa Maury
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Winifred May, Marquesa de Casa Maury (née Birkin; 28 July 1894 – 16 March 1983), universally known by her first married name as Freda Dudley Ward, was an English socialite best known for being a mistress of the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VIII.

Nationality British

Other names Freda Birkin Known formistress of the Prince of Wales (1918–23)

Title Marquesa de Casa Maury


William Dudley Ward (1913–31)
Pedro Jose Isidro Manuel Ricardo Mones (1937–54)


Penelope Ann Rachel Dudley Ward
Claire Angela Louise Dudley Ward

Parent(s) Colonel Charles Wilfred Birkin & Claire Lloyd Howe


Born Winifred 'Freda' May Birkin, she was the second child and eldest of three daughters of British Colonel Charles Wilfred Birkin (fourth son of a lace embroidery and tableware magnate of Nottingham, Sir Thomas Isaac Birkin) and his American wife, Claire Lloyd Birkin (née Howe).

Freda was the mistress of the Prince of Wales from 1918 to 1934, when he fell in love with Wallis Simpson.[3] The relationship between the Prince of Wales and the married Ward was common knowledge in aristocratic circles.[4] In 1927, Sir Winston Churchill, after traveling with them on a train, observed, "It is quite pathetic to see the Prince and Freda. His love is so obvious and undisguisable."

'Freda' Birkin married:

  • 9 July 1913 to Rt. Hon. William Dudley Ward, Liberal MP for Southampton. They had two daughters. Her first husband's family surname was Ward but with Dudley became their official surname through common usage. Their divorce took place on the ground of adultery in 1931.
  • 20 October 1937 to Pedro Jose Isidro Manuel Ricardo Mones, Marques de Casa Maury. From 1938, the couple took up residence in St Johns Wood, London, at 58 Hamilton Terrace, which they commissioned from the architects Burnet, Tait& Lorne. They divorced in 1954.


  • Penelope Ann Rachel Dudley Ward (1914–1982), the actress Penelope Dudley-Ward, later Lady Reed, known asPempie, who married firstly in 1939 (divorced 1944) Anthony Pelissier, by whom she had a daughter, and secondly in 1948 film director Sir Carol Reed, by whom she had a son shown below.
    • Tracy Reed (1942-2012 b. Clare Pelissier), actress; first wife of actor Edward Fox, who later played Edward VIII in Edward & Mrs. Simpson in which their affair is depicted; they had one daughter.
    • Max Reed (b. 1948)
  • Claire Angela Louise Dudley Ward (1916–1999) later Lady Laycock, or Angie, who married in 1935 the commando leader Major-General Sir Robert Laycock, by whom she had two sons and three daughters. Of her five children, her son:
    • Joseph William Peter Laycock (Joe Laycock) (1938–1980) was married to actress Lucy Fleming niece of the writer Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond; and had issue.


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        Saistītās personas vārdsSaitesDzimšanas datumsMiršanas datumsApraksts
        1Penelope Dudley-WardPenelope Dudley-WardMeita04.08.191422.01.1982
        2William Dudley WardWilliam Dudley WardVīrs14.10.187711.11.1946
        3Eduards VIII  VindzorsEduards VIII VindzorsPartneris23.06.189428.05.1972

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