1869 - 1947 (78 years)
Has more than 100 ancestors and 77 descendants in this family tree.
||Vittorio Emanuele III di Savoya |
||11 Nov 1869
||28 Dec 1947
||25 Feb 2013 |
||Re Umberto I di Savoya, b. 14 Mar 1844, Turino, Italia , d. 29 Jul 1900, Monza (Age 56 years) |
||Margherita Maria di Savoya, b. 20 Nov 1851, Turino, Italia , d. 4 Jan 1926, Bordighera (Age 74 years) |
||22 Apr 1868
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||Elena de Montenegro, b. 8 Jan 1873, Cetinje , d. 28 Nov 1952, Montpellier, France (Age 79 years) |
||24 Oct 1896
| ||2. Mafalda Maria Elisabetta Anna Romana di Savoya, b. 19 Nov 1902, Roma, Latium, Italia , d. 27 Aug 1944, KZ Buchenwald, Thüringen, D (Age 41 years)|
| ||3. Re Umberto II di Savoya, b. 15 Sep 1904, Racconigi , d. 18 Mar 1983, Genève, CH (Age 78 years)|
| ||4. Giovanna Elisabetta di Savoya, b. 13 Nov 1907, Rome , d. 26 Feb 2000, Estoril, Portugal (Age 92 years)|
| ||5. Living|
||29 Aug 2000 |
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- Succeeded as King of Italy in 1900 on the assassination of his father, King Umberto I. Proclaimed Emperor of Ethiopia in 1936 and King of Albania on April 16, 1939. Renounced the titles of Emperor of Ethiopia and King of Albania on September 3, 1943, at Brindisi.
Commemorative Message of
H.R.H.the Duke of Savoy
for the Fiftieth Anniversary of
the Death of
King Vittorio Emanuele III
Vittorio Emanuele III, King of Italy, died in Alexandria, Egypt on 28 December 1947. I wish to pay my respects to his memory and to remind everybody of his noble virtues as a loving father, a model husband, and a man of great culture.
As Head of State, he was concerned exclusively with the common good, and open to reforms. He was always near his people, who saw him, together with Queen Elena, rush to the aid of those who suffered during natural disasters in Messina, Reggio Calabria and Avezzano.
He was known as "The Soldier King" for having concluded the First World War victoriously with the liberation of Trent and Trieste, in this way completing the unification of the nation.
I am confident that historians will eventually reach a more balanced verdict on his long reign during that difficult period when the monarchy had to co-exist with the Fascist regime.
The 8 September marks the half-century of another event, the distorted account of which speaks of the King's flight from Rome. That version of history readily ignores the fact that Vittorio Emanuele III did not actually abandon Italy, but transferred the operational command to Brindisi, which was then the only part of Italy that was not occupied by foreign troops. It was in this way that he could guarantee the continuity of the State and justify the war of liberation, while avoiding the risk of total destruction and grave consequences for the city of Rome and its residents.
The image of this King is still awaiting justice. The role of the Crown as neutral moderator deserves a deeper and more objective treatment, and from a historical perspective above partisan political debate.
In my heartfeld remembrance of this Sovereign, I also wish to properly commemorate those who have died in the name of Italy in all of her wars and in many courageous ventures.
Long live the united Italy.
--Vittorio Emanuele, Geneva, 28 December 1997