The Most Romantic Gestures Ever

450×200_tajmahal1.jpgKing Edward VIII abdicates
So smitten was Edward, Prince of Wales with a brassy American divorcee named Wallis Simpson that in 1936, just months after being crowned King of England, he proposed to her. The pairing was deemed wholly unsuitable by the palace and government at the time and then Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin even threatened to resign if the marriage went ahead! So Edward, in what has to be classed as one of the all-time most romantic gestures decided to abdicate the throne to be with the woman he loved. In a famous address to the nation he said “I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.” The couple later married and lived in exile in France. Now that’s giving it all up for love!

The Taj Mahal
What could be more romantic than having a phenomenal marble and precious stone encrusted palace commissioned and erected in your honour? That’s just what emperor Shah Jahan of India was moved to do in 1632 following the passing of his beloved wife Mumtaz who died while giving birth to the couple’s 14th (yes you read that right 14th) son. The famed mausoleum took over 20 years to build using 20,000 workmen and over a thousand elephants. Legend has it that after completion the Shah ordered that the right hand of the chief mason was chopped off so that the exquisite tomb could not be replicated. Talk about over the top! What a shame Mumtaz never got to see it.

Red roses for Marylin
Another posthumous romantic deed comes from Marylin Monroe’s ex husband and American baseball legend Joe DiMaggio. Though the couple’s short-lived marriage was fraught and lasted a mere 274 days, DiMaggio always held a candle for the blonde bombshell and re-entered Monroe’s life towards the end of her marriage to Arthur Miller – seemingly keen to woo her again. Sadly she died before he was able to persuade her to give him another chance. On learning that the love of his life had been taken from him he arranged for half a dozen red roses to be delivered to her crypt three times a week for 20 years. Now that’s devotion.

The Taylor-Burton Diamond
It’s a well documented fact that the iconic Cleopatra actress Elizabeth Taylor had a thing for all things bling. Husband Richard Burton famously entertained her fancies lavishing her with many expensive items of jewellery during the course of their tumultuous marriage, the most famous of which was a 69.2 carat diamond which Burton paid over a million dollars for in a private sale after losing out to buying it at auction. The Taylor-Burton diamond as it has now become known served Taylor well, but after the couple divorced she sold the rock for a cool $5 million and used the proceeds to build a school in Botswana. Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Legend has it that these stunning ancient gardens were created to impress a very special woman. Lucky girl! The story goes that Chaldean King Nebuchadnezzar II felt sorry for his wife Amytis of Media who was missing her Persian homeland so he decided to recreate the ambience and beauty of Persia’s forested mountains for her in Babylon. The massive landscaping project used plants and trees that would remind her of her beautiful homeland. We think she must have been suitably impressed.>1=60750