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Princess Viktoria of Prussia Signed Christmas Card Princess Schaumburg-Lippe

£125.00

Fine Christmas card featuring a horseshoe of flowers from the tragic Princess Viktoria of Prussia (12 April 1866 – 13 November 1929) to her cousin Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine (166-1953), she married Princess Viktoria's brother Prince Heinrich.

Princess Viktoria was the second daughter of Frederick III, German Emperor and his wife Victoria, Princess Royal, a daughter of Queen Victoria. To the public she was always Princess Viktoria, and in the family she was called Moretta or Young Vicky.

She married Prince Adolf of Schaumburg-Lippe, a younger son of Adolf I, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe, on 19 November 1890. The marriage was childless after an early miscarriage in the first few months of marriage. Adolf died in 1916.

Despite being technically on the German side in World War I, Viktoria was very sympathetic to the British cause. After the war, she met her cousin, George V, King of Great Britain and expressed the wish that they would all be friends again soon. George told her he did not think this would be possible for a great many years.

On 19 November 1927, despite the strong disapproval of her brothers and sisters, Viktoria married Alexander Zoubkoff (25 September 1901 – 28 January 1936), a Russian refugee described as a "dancer", who was 35 years her junior. By this time her finances were in a precarious state, and Zoubkoff proceeded to squander much of the little money that remained on his own private amusements, rarely returning to the matrimonial home. Eventually Viktoria was obliged to call in the receivers and to sell off the contents of the Schaumburg Palace by auction, the sale being conducted by the Cologne auctioneers M. Lempertz..After leaving the Schaumburg Palace, she moved into a single furnished room in the Bonn suburb of Mehlem. She was on the point of divorcing Zoubkoff on the grounds that his behaviour had resulted in his expulsion from Germany, he was unable to maintain her, and that "conjugal relations did not exist",  but only a few days after this announcement became public she fell seriously ill with pneumonia, dying in a Bonn hospital on 13 November 1929.

"For darling Irene
With most loving good wishes for a happy New Year
from
Vicky"

Size: 15.5 x 11.5 cm approx

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