Grand Duchess Elisabeth Ella Romanov of Russia Signed Autograph Antique Photo Postcard 1905

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Very attractive and rare signed Christmas postcard from Grand Duchess Elisabeth of Russia, canonized as Holy Martyr; (1864-1918). This imperial Russian postcard shows the Grand Duchess in her mourning dress following the murder of her husband Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich during the Revolution of 1905. It is addfressed to her sister Princess Irene of Hesse whose nickname was 'Harry'.

"xxx send so hearty xxx wishes to you dearest Harry
from Ella 1905"

On the reverse:

"For darling Harry"

She was a German princess of the House of Hesse, and the wife of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, fifth son of Emperor Alexander II of Russia and Princess Marie of Hesse and the Rhine. She was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria and an older sister of Alexandra, the last Russian Empress, Elizabeth became famous in Russian society for her beauty and charitable works among the poor. After the Socialist Revolutionary Party's Combat Organization murdered her husband with a dynamite bomb in 1905, Elizabeth publicly forgave Sergei's murderer, Ivan Kalyayev, and campaigned without success for him to be pardoned. She then departed the Imperial Court and became a nun, founding the Marfo-Mariinsky Convent dedicated to helping the downtrodden of Moscow. In 1918 she was arrested and ultimately executed by the Bolsheviks. In 1981 Elizabeth was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, and in 1992 by the Moscow Patriarchate.

Size:  14 x 9 cm approx

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