Prince Thomas, Duke of Genoa

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Prince Thomas
Duke of Genoa
Prince of Savoy-Genoa
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Duke of Genoa
Predecessor Prince Ferdinand, 1st Duke
Successor Prince Ferdinand, 3rd Duke
Spouse Princess Isabella of Bavaria
Issue Prince Ferdinando, Duke of Genoa
Prince Filiberto, Duke of Genoa
Princess Bona Margherita
Prince Adalberto, Duke of Bergamo
Princess Adelaide
Prince Eugenio, Duke of Genoa
Full name
Tommaso Alberto Vittorio di Savoia
House House of Savoy-Genoa
Father Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Genoa
Mother Princess Elisabeth of Saxony
Born (1854-02-06)6 February 1854
Palazzo Chiablese, Turin, Kingdom of Sardinia
Died 15 April 1931(1931-04-15) (aged 77)
Turin, Kingdom of Italy

Prince Tommaso of Savoy, Duke of Genoa (Tommaso Alberto Vittorio; 6 February 1854 – 15 April 1931), also known as Thomas Albert Victor of Savoy, was an Italian royal prince, nephew of the King of Sardinia, who on 18 February 1861 became the first King of a united Italy. His cousin and brother-in-law Umberto I and his nephew Victor Emmanuel III became subsequent kings of Italy.

Biography[edit]

Prince Thomas was born in Turin as the second child and only son of Prince Ferdinand of Savoy, 1st Duke of Genoa, the second son of Charles Albert, King of Sardinia (1798–1849, abdicated 1848) and his wife Maria Theresa of Austria-Tuscany (1801–55). Prince Thomas' mother was Princess Elisabeth of Saxony (1830–1912), daughter of King John I of Saxony (1801–73) and Princess Amalie of Bavaria (1801–77). Barely a year after his birth, on 10 February 1855, his father died and Prince Thomas inherited his title, becoming the 2nd Duke of Genoa. He was educated at Harrow.

With the accession of Victor Emmanuel II to the throne of Italy in 1861, Prince Tommaso, in common with all of the family members, became a prince of Italy.

During World War I the king, Victor Emanuel III, assumed the duties of Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and named the Duke of Genoa as Luogotenente, in which position he managed the civil affairs of the kingdom throughout the war.

Prince Thomas' elder sister Princess Margherita of Savoy-Genoa (1851–1926) married King Umberto I of Italy. Her only child was King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, who reigned starting from his father's murder in 1900.

Prince Thomas died in 1931, leaving six adult children.

Family and children[edit]

In 1883 at Nymphenburg, Bavaria, he was married to Princess Maria Isabella of Bavaria (1863–1924), the eldest daughter of the late Prince Adalbert of Bavaria (1828–1875) and Infanta Amelia Philippina of Spain, Duchess of Bavaria (1834–1905), daughter of the Duke of Cadiz.

Their marriage produced the following children:

Name Birth Death Notes
Prince Ferdinando, 3rd Duke of Genoa and Prince of Udine 1884 1963 married Maria Luisa Alliaga Gandolfi dei conti di Ricaldone; no issue
Prince Filiberto, 4th Duke of Genoa and Duke of Pistoia 1895 1990 married Princess Lydia von Arenberg; no issue
Princess Bona Margherita of Savoy-Genoa 1896 1971 married Prince Konrad of Bavaria; had issue
Prince Adalberto, Duke of Bergamo 1898 1982
Princess Adelaide of Savoy-Genoa 25 April 1904 8 February 1979 married Leone Massimo, Prince of Arsoli (great-grandson of Princess Caroline of Naples and Sicily)
Prince Eugenio, 5th Duke of Genoa and Duke of Ancona 13 March 1906 8 December 1996 married Princess Lucia of Bourbon-Two Sicilies; had issue

Ancestry[edit]

Preceded by
Ferdinand, 1st Duke of Genoa
Duke of Genoa
1855-1931
Succeeded by
Ferdinand, 3rd Duke of Genoa