Princess Mafalda of Savoy (1902-1944) and Prince Philipp of Hesse (1896-1980)

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Jan 10, 2012
Princess Mafalda Maria Elisabetta Anna Romana of Savoy (2 November 1902 - 27 August 1944) was the second daughter of King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and his wife Elena of Montenegro.

Mafalda married Prince Philipp of Hesse, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel and grandson of German Emperor Frederick III.

She died in Buchenwald concentration camp during the night of 26–27 August 1944.

Here a beautiful photo of Princess Mafalda:
I have always thought the death of Princess Mafalda of Savoy (as well as everyone who died in the concentration camps) to be a great tragedy. I don't believe her husband ever remarried.
He in fact never remarried.

Not Hesse Nassan but Hessen-Nassau. In 1866 the Prussians usurped the Kurfürstentum Hessen, the Herzogtum Nassau, the Freie Stadt Frankfurt, the Fürstentum Waldeck and created a new Prussian province: Hessen-Nassau.

After the German defeat in 1945, the Allied Powers redrew the map of Germany. Hessen-Nassau disappeared into the current Bundesländer Hessen and Rheinland-Pfalz.
Today in Royal History is the 75th Death Anniversary of Mafalda, Landgravine of Hesse born Princess Mafalda of Savoy, daughter of King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and Princess Elena of Montenegro. She was married to Philipp, Landgrave of Hesse and had 4 children.
A rose for Princess Mafalda
The Sherwood Observatory has promoted an appointment in memory for Wednesday 28 August 2019, at 17.30

No institution has thought of recalling the 75th anniversary of the martyrdom of Princess Mafalda of Savoy, who died in solitude and pain on 28 August 1944 in the Buchenwald concentration camp. Princess Mafalda was actively engaged in anti-fascist and anti-Nazi movements. It was the only one of the Savoy royal family to suffer the fierce "revenge" of the Nazis.

For this reason the Sherwood Observatory has promoted an appointment in memory for Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at 5.30 pm, at the stele in his memory on the border of the park of Villa Ada (Via Mafalda di Savoia). His biography will be remembered and some passages on the highlights of his life will be read


The article is originally written in Italian; if you read it in Italian, you can see that the feminine pronouns are correctly used.
But there is one point where the article is wrong: the Princess died in 1944, thus she passed away 76 years ago, not 77 (as stated in the last line of the article).
Yes in the article there is a mistake: Princess Mafalda passed away 76 years ago.
Commemorative card Princess Mafalda of Savoy:

Medal Princess Mafalda of Savoy:

Photo of Mafalda of Savoy and two of her children from italian Visto magazine:

Beautiful portait of Princess Mafalda:

Article from italian magazine Settimo Giorno about Princess Mafalda's wedding:

Cover from "La Domenica del Corriere". The cover depicts the circuit of Rome of motor racing Alfa in 1925. Princess Mafalda kick off competitors:
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A very sad story and ending of a beautiful soul, with compassion and courage. May she never be forgotten.
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