It is a truth pretty universally acknowledged that by the time a playboy Prince reaches his early thirties he is in need of a Princess, and in 1955 Alfonso found his. Fifteen year-old Ira Furstenberg was not merely a Princess but an heiress, too. According to Alfonso it was love at first site. Billed by London’s Daily Telegraph as the “biggest assembly of central European nobility since the war,” the marriage of Prince Alfonso and Princess Ira in Venice in 1955 was the talk of European society.
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