A very nice picture but you know my favorite Queen of Italy will always be Marie-Jose :-)
M-J is my favorite, too, but Elena was also a lovely person. M-J always said she was a very kind mother-in-law. Apparently, Mannerheim fell in love with Elena during her youth, at the Russian court. Imagine if he had married her, instead of Victor-Emmanuel!
No suprise that Maria Jose would be popular with the Belgian club -and I like her myself certainly, but I like Queen Elena as well. In fact, despite some serious misgivings about the Savoyard attainment of the Italian throne, I have a great deal of sympathy for what the Italian Royal Family went through during the last 25-30 years of the Kingdom of Italy.
All Savoy queens and princesses were lovely looking but I think MJ was stunning and Maria Gabriella inherited her beauty.KIng UmbertoII,VE the current prince of Naples and his son EF the prince of Venice are very handsome and also the savoy aosta Princes.About the savoy family,I realy feel sorry for what they went through during their history since the establishment of kingdom of italy,each member of the family had his or her tragedy.I think there was a curse or at least misfortune surrounded this family.