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    Eugénie of France Autograph Letter Signed "Eugénie" as queen to Queen Sophia of the Netherlands, eight pages (front and verso) in French, 5.25" x 8.25" on stationary with the Imperial Crown of France and Eugénie's cypher, October 26, 1861, Compiègne. Sold with an incomplete note (5" x 4") bearing the signature of Eugénie. Doña María Eugenia Ignacia Agustina de Palafox y Kirkpatrick, Countess de Teba, (1826 - 1920) was empress consort of France (1853-1871), the wife of Napoléon III, emperor of the French. Eugénie de Montijo, as she was known in France, was educated in Paris, at the fashionable convent of the Sacré Cœur. When Prince Louis Napoléon became president of the Second Republic she appeared with her mother at the several balls given by the "prince-president" at the Elysée Palace, and it was there that she met the future emperor, whom she wed on January 30, 1853. This letter is to one of the empress' royal confidants, Queen Sophia of the Netherlands (1818 - 1877). Sophia married the Prince of Orange (later King William III) on in 1839. In intellectual respects, Sophie was by far the superior of her husband. Moreover, William III had several extramarital relations. She let it be publicly known that she found him inferior and not suitable and the marriage were thus not a success. For this reason Sophie tried to separate from him. With an importance placed on the country and royal duty, this was refused. From 1855, the couple lived separately. In fine condition.

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