ARMY & NAVY: Something Borrowed ...


Princess Sophie von Hesse could hardly be expected to face a second marriage unadorned by at least one trinket from the storied family jewel chest.

She had consulted her mother-in-law, Princess Margareta, of the German House of Hesse, about the sentimental privilege. The 74-year-old sister of Kaiser Wilhelm II had hesitated; there were complications. Friedrichshof, her turreted, 80-room castle near the Hessian town of Kronberg, was overrun with American officers who seemed to be using it for a Bierhalle while she existed in an eight-room cottage near by. There was a person in charge at the Kronberg castle—a self-assured female...

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