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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 her four children, still young.
  • It comes with a text from the Countess on the back, wishing you a happy new year (1939).
  • No information about the recipient.
  • In French.
  • 13.5cm x 8.7cm.
  • Excellent condition.
  • Unique piece.

Petrópolis, December 26, 1939.

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

Your affectionate,

Isabelle

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 married in 1931 in Italy, her cousin Henry of Orléans (1908 - 1999), supposed heir to the extinct French royal throne. He lived with his family in Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and especially in France, where he lived much of his life, organizing many dinners with the world's elite, but also several charitable events. Generous, elegant, multilingual and friendly, she was greatly 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 remained in Europe . A few days later, in January 1940, her father, Prince Pedro de Alcântara D'Orléans-Bragança, passed away.

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