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King Umberto II of Italy's Head of Household writes to fan about an autographed photograph
Typed letter signed: "Federico di Vigliano" in black ink. 1 page, 7x9. Written on personal Head of the King's House letterhead. Cascais, Portugal. October 6, 1959. In full: "Gentilissimo Signore! Sua maesta il Re Umberto mi ha commesso il bengradito incarico di trasmeetterle, qui unita, ri autografata in adhesion al desiderio da Lei espresso il 30 settembre u.s. Nel dare luogo all-ordine ricevuto, La prego di volere accogliere la testimonianza dei miei migliori sentimenti". Roughly translated: "Kind gentleman! His Majesty the King Umberto, I have committed the task very well and send it, together here, the photograph [not included] His Majesty did very willingly sign in compliance with the wish expressed by you on September 30. If you receive this order, please also accept my best feelings". Conte Federico Avogadro DI VIGLIANO was the Head of the House of His Majesty Umberto II, and served as his first aide in connections with the Embassy of Italy. King Umberto II of Italy (1904-1983) was the last King of Italy, and only reigned for a little over a month (May 9, 1946-June 12, 1946), although he maintained his role as de facto head of state until 1946. After a 1946 referendum abolishing the monarcy, Umberto II lived the rest of his life in exile in Cascais, Portual, unable to even return to Italy to die. Normal mailing fold. Edges slightly frayed. Toned. Fine condition.

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