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Princess Irene was not in favour of her husband taking the Crown of Zvonimir, but supported his plans to avoid becoming the King of Croatia. After the Allied armistice' with the Kingdom of Italy, the princess was captured by the Germans and taken to a labour camp in Austria and later in Poland. She and her family were interned in a Nazi concentration camp in 1944. Amedeo, her son and heir, was at that time a small infant and often ill. Irene was liberated by the French. Prince Aimone died on 29 January 1948 in Buenos Aires. Upon his death, his son Amedeo succeeded him as the 5th Duke of Aosta.
Princess Irene died on 15 April 1974 in Fiesole, Italy after fighting a long illness.