Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy, son of the last king of Italy, died

Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy, son of the last king of Italy, died

Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoyson of the last King of Italydied this Saturday in Geneva, Swissto the 86 years after a long exilereported the Royal House of Savoy.

“His Royal Highness Victor Emmanuel, Duke of Savoy and Prince of Naples, passed away peacefully in Geneva surrounded by his family.”indicates a brief statement from the Royal House of Savoyquoted by the local press.

The text specifies that the place and date of the funeral will be announced later. Meanwhile, the Prince’s lawyer, Sergio Orlandispecified that the death occurred this morning, reported the AFP news agency.

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Victor Emmanuel of Savoy, born on February 12, 1937 in Naples, was the patriarch of the House of Savoy, who reigned in unified Italy from 1861 to 1946, and the son of the last monarch, Umberto II, who occupied the throne. briefly between May and June 1946, when Italy became a Republic.

The aristocrat left the country at the age of nine, banished along with all the male descendants of the royal house by the 1946 Constitution, as a sanction for the collaboration of his grandfather, Victor Emmanuel III, with the fascist regime and the signing of two laws. racial.

He returned to the country in December 2002, after the lifting of exile voted by the Italian Parliament. To obtain it, he had to swear allegiance to the Republic, a gesture he had long rejected.

The prince’s life was dotted with scandals and controversies.

In 1978 he was accused of shooting dead a young German tourist, Dirk Hamer, in southern Corsica. After a long trial, the prince, who claimed his innocence, was acquitted in 1991.

Netflix narrates this event in the series “In the shadow of the throne”, broadcast on the platform since July 2023.

In 2006 he was involved in a pimping and slot machine case that earned him a week in prison and a month of house arrest.

The monarch married in 1970, in a civil marriage, the heiress of a rich family of Swiss industrialists of Italian origin, Marina Recolfi-Doria, a water skiing champion.

Because Umberto II was opposed to the marriage, the religious ceremony was held a year later in privacy and with the Shah of Iran as a witness.

Source: Ambito

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