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Princess Helene of Orleans (1871–1951)

Member of the deposed Orléans royal family of France and, by marriage to the head of a cadet branch of the Italian royal family, the Duchess of Aosta.Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 1871
According to biographer Edward W. Hanson ('The Wandering Princess, Princess Helene of France, Duchess of Aosta', Fonthill Media Ltd, 2017), 'Helene was a strong-willed princess, raised in France [she was the daughter of the Count and Countess of Paris] but closely connected with the court of Queen Victoria. After the premature end to a romance with Victoria's grandson Victor Albert, [Duke of Clarence and Avondale], she married into the royal family of Italy. However, Helene began extended adventuresome trips into Africa where she became a big-game hunter, explorer and travel writer, escaping from an unhappy marriage and the boredom of court life. Her travels took her around the world, but her sense of royal duty brought her back to nurse aboard a hospital ship in Libyan waters, then to an important role as head of the Italian Red Cross nurses during the First World War while her husband headed Italy's Third Army, and her two sons served in the artillery and the navy.

'Afterwards, her strong Italian nationalism made her an ally to Gabriele d'Annunzio and Benito Mussolini, but the disastrous Second World War saw her grandchildren interned in Austria and her older son die as a British prisoner-of-war while she continued her charitable work in Naples. When the country voted to become a republic in 1946, Helene was the only member of the royal family allowed to remain in Italy with her second 'secret' husband, Colonel Otto Campini.' A general hospital in Napoli still bears her name.

After Africa and the Sahara, Helene d'Aosta visited Siam, Phnom Penh and Angkor in January 1914, before heading to Java, New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia, narrating her travel experience in her book 'Vers le soleil qui se leve' [Towards the Rising Sun] (Ivrea (Italy), Francesco Viassone ed., 1918).
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Hélène of Orléans, Duchess of Aosta

Hélène of Orléans, Duchess of Aosta

Hélène of Orléans - Duchess of Aosta (1871-1951)

The Princesses Amélie and Hélène of Orléans, daughters of the Count and Countess of Paris, with Prince Jean, Princess Marie and Princess Marguérite of Orléans, children of the Duke and Duchess of Chartres (1884)

The Princesses Amélie and Hélène of Orléans, daughters of the Count an...

Photograph showing a family group sitting on rocks by a river or lake. Princess Amélie (1864-1951) sits on a rock with Princess Hélène (1871-1951) standing to her left. In front of Amélie is Princess Marie (186... More

Елена Орлеанская, герцогиня Аоста

Елена Орлеанская, герцогиня Аоста

Елена Орлеанская, герцогиня Аоста Public domain photograph related to the history of Spain, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Hélène of Orléans - Duchess of Aosta

Hélène of Orléans - Duchess of Aosta

Princess Hélène of Orléans (1871-1951) - Duchess of Aosta

Hélène d’Orléans - Victorian era public domain image

Hélène d’Orléans - Victorian era public domain image

Hélène, Duchess of Aosta (nee Princess d´Orleans) Public domain photograph - female portrait, the 1900s, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Hélène d'Orléans - Duchess of Aosta

Hélène d'Orléans - Duchess of Aosta

Helene of Orléans, Duchess of Aosta (1871-1951) Public domain photograph of 19th-century female portrait, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Amelia with little sister Helene

Amelia with little sister Helene

Queen Amelia of Portugal with her little sister Helene - Duchess of Aosta

Elena, Duchess of Aosta

Elena, Duchess of Aosta

Helene of Orléans, Duchess of Aosta (1871-1951) Public domain photograph - female portrait, the 1900s, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Hélène, Duchess of Aosta (1871-1951)

Hélène, Duchess of Aosta (1871-1951)

Hélène, Duchess of Aosta (nee Princess d´Orleans) Public domain photograph of 19th-century female portrait, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Patria Esercito Re p401, Italy

Patria Esercito Re p401, Italy

Image from book: Leopoldo Pullè, Patria Esercito Re, Ulrico Hoepli, Milan, 1908. - Hélène of Orléans, Duchess of Aosta Italiano: Immagine dal libro: Leopoldo Pullè, Patria Esercito Re, Ulrico Hoepli, Milano, ... More

La principessa Elena d’Orléans - Public domain portrait print

La principessa Elena d’Orléans - Public domain portrait print

Italiano: La principessa Elena d’Orléans, sposa di S. A. R. il duca d’Aosta (xilografia).

O Príncipe de Gales, a Duquesa de Aosta, o Duque de Génova, e outros, no casamento de D. Manuel II - Ilustração Portugueza (22Set1913)

O Príncipe de Gales, a Duquesa de Aosta, o Duque de Génova, e outros, ...

Wedding of King Manuel II of Portugal and Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, in the Parish Church of Sigmaringen, 4 September 1913: the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Aosta, the Duke of Genoa, amon... More

Emanuele Filiberto with his family

Emanuele Filiberto with his family

Emanuele Filiberto - Duke of Aosta with his family (wife Hélène and two sons Aimone and Amedeo)

Carlo Siviero (attribuito) - Ritratto del duchessa d'Aosta

Carlo Siviero (attribuito) - Ritratto del duchessa d'Aosta

Italiano: Ritratto di Elena d'Orléans, duchessa d'Aosta Public domain photograph - dog portrait, 20th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Retrato da Princesa Helena d'Orleães com o Príncipe Real D. Luís Filipe (1892)

Retrato da Princesa Helena d'Orleães com o Príncipe Real D. Luís Filip...

Portrait photograph of Princess Hélène of Orléans and Luís Filipe, Prince Royal of Portugal, 1892.

La duchesse d'Aoste - Public domain portrait photograph

La duchesse d'Aoste - Public domain portrait photograph

Français : Hélène d’Orléans, princesse de Savoie et duchesse d’Aoste (1871-1951).

Patria Esercito Re p366, Italy

Patria Esercito Re p366, Italy

Image from book: Leopoldo Pullè, Patria Esercito Re, Ulrico Hoepli, Milan, 1908. Italiano: Immagine dal libro: Leopoldo Pullè, Patria Esercito Re, Ulrico Hoepli, Milano, 1908.

Hélène, Duchess of Aosta

Hélène, Duchess of Aosta

Hélène, Duchess of Aosta (nee Princess d´Orleans)

Queen Amélie with her siblings - Victorian era public domain image

Queen Amélie with her siblings - Victorian era public domain image

Queen Amélie Portugal with her siblings Philippe (Duke of Orléans) and Hélène (Duchess of Aosta)

Helene of Orléans, Duchess of Aosta

Helene of Orléans, Duchess of Aosta

Helene of Orléans, Duchess of Aosta (1871-1951)

Елена Орлеанская

Елена Орлеанская

Елена Орлеанская (1871-1951) Public domain photograph related to the history of Russia, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Alexandra, Helene and Toria - Public domain portrait print

Alexandra, Helene and Toria - Public domain portrait print

Alexandra - Princess of Wales, Helene - Duchess of Aosta and Princess Victoria "Toria" of the United Kingdom

Hélène of Orléans with her sons

Hélène of Orléans with her sons

Hélène of Orléans - Duchess of Aosta with her two sons: Amedeo and Aimone

Helenadeorleans3, portrait

Helenadeorleans3, portrait

Princess Hélène of Orléans, Duchess of AostaFrançais : Princesse Hélène d' Orléans, duchesse d'Aoste

Elena - Duchess of Aosta

Elena - Duchess of Aosta

Helene of Orléans, Duchess of Aosta (1871-1951) Public domain photograph of 19th-century female portrait, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Queen Amélie Portugal with her siblings Philippe and Hélène

Queen Amélie Portugal with her siblings Philippe and Hélène

Queen Amélie Portugal with her siblings Philippe (Duke of Orléans) and Hélène (Duchess of Aosta)

Dowager Duchess Di Aosta Italy - Black and White Portrait Photograph

Dowager Duchess Di Aosta Italy - Black and White Portrait Photograph

Photograph of Hélène, Dowager Duchess of Aosta Public domain photograph related to Russian history, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Hélène of Orleans - Duchess of Aosta

Hélène of Orleans - Duchess of Aosta

Hélène of Orleans - Duchess of Aosta (1871-1951) Public domain photograph -female portrait, the 1900s, aristocracy, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Hélène - Duchess of Aosta - Public domain portrait print

Hélène - Duchess of Aosta - Public domain portrait print

Helene of Orléans, Duchess of Aosta (1871-1951) Public domain photograph - female portrait, the 1900s, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Amélie, Hélène and Phillipe

Amélie, Hélène and Phillipe

Orleans siblings: Phillipe - Count of Paris, Hélène - Duchess of Aosta and Amélie - Queen of Portugal

Hélène d’Orléans (1871-1951) - Egypt

Hélène d’Orléans (1871-1951) - Egypt

Hélène, Duchess of Aosta (nee Princess d´Orleans)

Phillipe, Hélène and Amelie - Victorian era public domain image

Phillipe, Hélène and Amelie - Victorian era public domain image

Orleans siblings: Phillipe - Count of Paris, Hélène - Duchess d Aosta and Amelie - Queen of Portugal

Margaret Wilson riding in the carriage with the Duchess of Aosta

Margaret Wilson riding in the carriage with the Duchess of Aosta

Miss Margaret Wilson riding in the carriage with the Duchess of Aosta, cousin of the King of Italy

Helene of Orleans - Duchess of Aosta

Helene of Orleans - Duchess of Aosta

Helene of Orléans, Duchess of Aosta (1871-1951) Public domain photograph of 19th-century female portrait, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Hélène, Duchess of Aosta (nee Princess d´Orleans)

Hélène, Duchess of Aosta (nee Princess d´Orleans)

Hélène, Duchess of Aosta (nee Princess d´Orleans) Public domain photograph - female portrait, the 1900s, aristocracy, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Isabel, Dowager Countess of Paris and her family

Isabel, Dowager Countess of Paris and her family

Isabel, Dowager Countess of Paris and her family: daughter (Duchess Hélène of Aosta), son-in-law (Duke Emanuele Filiberto of Aosta) and two grandsons (Aimone and Amedeo)

Helene, Duchess of Aosta

Helene, Duchess of Aosta

Hélène, Duchess of Aosta (nee Princess d´Orleans) Public domain photograph of 19th-century female portrait, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Hélène and Emanuele Filiberto - Victorian era public domain image

Hélène and Emanuele Filiberto - Victorian era public domain image

Hélène, Princess of Orléans, with Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta at Stowe House in Buckinghamshire at the time of their engagement, in 1895

Hélène of Orléans - Duchess of Aosta (1871-1951)

Hélène of Orléans - Duchess of Aosta (1871-1951)

Hélène of Orléans - Duchess of Aosta (1871-1951) Public domain photograph - female portrait, the 1900s, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Princess Hélène of Orléans, 1892

Princess Hélène of Orléans, 1892

Hélène dressed up in Egyptian native costume while visiting the country during her extensive travel in 1892

La Duchessa d’Aosta Elena con i figli Amedeo ed Aimone

La Duchessa d’Aosta Elena con i figli Amedeo ed Aimone

Italiano: La Duchessa d’Aosta Elena con i figli Amedeo ed Aimone