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Handwritten postcard from Princess Isabel (1910)

Handwritten postcard from Princess Isabel (1910)

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Princess Isabel sends her New Year's wishes, in perfect French, with a photograph of her grandchildren.

  • New Year's postcard, in the form of a family photograph, with a dedication from Princess Isabel to an unknown recipient.
  • One page.
  • In French.
  • 8.9 cm x 14 cm.
  • Probably at the Castle d'Eu, in France, in 1910.
  • Excellent condition.
  • Unique piece.

Very happy new year!
Affectionately
Isabelle Comtesse d'Eu
Pierre-Henri and Louis Gaston

Here Princess Isabel, aged 63 or 64, landed with her grandchildren Pedro Henrique and Louis Gaston, sons of her second son and heir D. Luiz de Orleans and Bragança, the Perfect Prince. Exiled since 1889 and with several moves, Gastão ended up purchasing the Castelo d'Eu in Normandy, his grandfather's former home, without having actually recovered his former position in the Orleanist line of succession to the French throne. The couple's three children had entered a military school in Vienna, while the princess continued with her charitable work linked to the Catholic Church. 

Isabel never imagined herself assuming the position of monarch of Brazil and wrote the day after the republican coup d'état: "if abolition is the cause of this, I have no regrets; I consider it worth losing the throne for her" .  The Princess was happy with the aristocratic life, focused on family and religion, taking care of charitable works, enjoying the arts, such as theater, painting or music.

This family photograph and this happy little text reveal a Princess without much responsibility, relieved, living happy moments, just a few years before a devastating First World War.

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