REAL PHOTO POSTCARD:Princess Mafalda Maria Elisabetta Anna Romana of Savoy.(1902-1944)
Cancelled, stamp missing.
Approx. 3 7/16" x 5 7/16".Corner wear, creases, back thinned in stamp area, good condition. Winning bidder to pay postage. Mafalda was born in Rome . In childhood she was close to her mother, from whom she inherited a love for music and the arts. During World War I , she accompanied her mother, Queen Elena (known as Elena of Montenegro ), on her visits to Italian military hospitals. On September 23 , 1925 , at Racconigi Castle , Mafalda married Prince Philipp of Hesse , Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel . Prince Philipp was a loyal member of the German National Socialist (Nazi) political movement, and his brother Christoph was part of the party hierarchy and married to Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark , sister to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh , the future husband of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. Prince Philipp's marriage to Princess Mafalda put him in position to act as intermediary between the National Socialist government in Germany and the Fascist government in Italy . However, during World War II , Adolf Hitler (head of the National Socialist party and Chancellor of Germany ) believed Princess Mafalda was working against the war effort; he called her the "blackest carrion in ... read more