The Duke and Duchess arrived in Nüremberg to a royal welcome. In their hotel, the Deutscher Hof, they were given the suite of Hitler’s party congress. The Duke inspected a black-uniformed special Labor Front troop in front of the hotel before withdrawing to the room. A smaller troop stood at attention in the lobby all throughout the evening.
During the day, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor visited a labour camp “to see gymnastics” and the Meissen porcelain works, where Wallis was presented with a gold lacquer vase.
The first visitor of the day was the Duke’s first cousin once removed, Charles Edward, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who appeared in full brown-shirt uniform. Charles Edward had written to the Duke immediately upon learning that he was coming to Germany, “Dear David! I hear that you are coming to Germany… I naturally would be delighted if you could take this opportunity to see me; perhaps I could introduce you to a couple of interesting personalities whom you otherwise wouldn’t meet during your trip.”1
The Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha hosted an elaborate dinner party in the evening for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor at their hotel with over 100 guests in attendance. The Duchess’ place card at the dinner table bore the German equivalent of “Her Royal Highness.”2
- Royals and the Reich by Jonathan Petropoulos p.207
- New York Times