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Handwritten postcard from the Countess of Paris (1939)

Handwritten postcard from the Countess of Paris (1939)

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Exiled in Petrópolis, without her husband, during the Second World War, the Countess of Paris remains optimistic.

Postcard representing the Countess of Paris or Princess Isabel of Orléans and Bragança, and their four small children. Comes with a text from the Countess on the back, with wishes for a happy new year (1939). No recipient information. In French. 13.5 cm x 8.7 cm. Excellent condition. Single piece.

Petrópolis, December 26, 1939.

Hoping to see you soon, I come to wish you a happy new year with all my heart.

Your affectionate,


countess of paris

The Countess of Paris or Princess Isabel of Orléans and Bragança (1911 - 2003) was the granddaughter of Gaston d´Orléans and Princess Isabel, the last imperial princess of Brazil and daughter of Emperor Dom Pedro II of Brazil.

Considered one of the most beautiful women of her time, she was married in 1931 in Italy to her cousin Henry of Orléans (1908 - 1999), presumed heir to the extinct French royal throne. He lived with his family in Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and especially in France, where he lived most of his life, organizing many dinners with the world's elite, but also several charity events. Generous, elegant, polyglot and friendly, she was highly respected and admired, especially by the French.

This letter, in addition to showing her elegant handwriting, shows the Countess of Paris with her four children (she had eleven children in total), when she went into exile in Brazil, in Petrópolis, during the Second World War, without her husband, who had remained in Europe. . A few days later, in January 1940, her father, Prince Pedro de Alcântara D'Orléans-Bragança, died.

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