Prince Umberto of Savoy-Aosta

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Prince Umberto
Prince of Piedmont
Full name
Umberto di Savoia-Aosta
House House of Savoy-Aosta
Father Prince Aimone, Duke of Apulia
Mother Princess Olga of Greece
Born (2009-03-07) 7 March 2009 (age 5)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Italian Royal Family
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HRH The Duke of Savoy
HRH The Duchess of Savoy


HI&RH The Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este
HRH Princess Maria Cristina

Prince Umberto of Savoy-Aosta (born 7 March 2009) is the elder male-line grandson of Amedeo, 5th Duke of Aosta, and is in the line of succession to the disputed headship of the House of Savoy, which occupied the Italian throne until 1946, presumptive heir of both his paternal grandfather and father and also his distant cousins. He is named after the last king of Italy to reign, Umberto II. He has one younger brother, Amedeo, and a younger sister, Isabella.

Birth and christening[edit]

Umberto was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, the first child and son of Prince Aimone, Duke of Apulia and his wife, the former Princess Olga of Greece.[1][2]

Umberto was christened in Giuggianello, Lecce, on 18 July 2009. His godfather is Carlo Radicati di Primeglio. His godmother is Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy,[3] who was present not only at his parents' 2008 wedding but at that of his maternal grandparents in 1965,[4] and is a daughter of the late Umberto II and a sister of pretender-to-the-throne Victor Emmanuel, Prince of Naples. His second godfather is Erik Bugulov, Russian entrepreneur and politician.

Dynastic significance[edit]

Although Umberto is undisputedly in the line of succession to the Italian Throne, he holds different positions in the defunct kingdom's two conflicting orders of succession because of the rival claims between his grandfather and distant cousin. He is fourth in the line of succession that recognises Vittorio Emanuele as the rightful head of the House of Savoy, and second, behind his father, in the line that recognises his grandfather Amedeo as the rightful pretender.

The Italian crown was inheritable by primogeniture according to Salic law, meaning that only males descended in the dynastic male-line could accede to the throne. Vittorio Emanuele only has one child, Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont who, in turn, has only two daughters, neither of whom can succeed him as eventual head of house. If Emanuele Filiberto does not have any legitimate male heirs upon his death, the claims will pass to the Savoy-Aosta line according to Italy's last monarchical constitution.

Styles of
Prince Umberto of Savoy-Aosta
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Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir

Titles, styles, honours, and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 7 March 2009 – 9 March 2009: His Royal Highness Prince Umberto of Savoy-Aosta
    • 9 March 2009 – present: His Royal Highness Prince Umberto of Savoy-Aosta, Prince of Piedmont (disputed)

On 9 March, two days after the birth, Prince Umberto was granted the title of Prince of Piedmont by his grandfather.[5] The title is also claimed by Prince Umberto's distant cousin, Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice.

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Italian) Official announcement from the site of the Royal House of Savoy.
  2. ^ (Italian)monarchia.it
  3. ^ of Prince Umberto of Savoy
  4. ^ "Michel et Marina de Grece: Trente Ans de Bonheur". Point de Vue (in French): page 17. 14 February 1995. 
  5. ^ monarchia.it

External links[edit]

Prince Umberto of Savoy-Aosta
Born: 7 March 2009
Italian royalty
Preceded by
Prince Aimone, Duke of Apulia
Line of succession to the former Italian throne
with The Prince of Naples as pretender
4th position
Succeeded by
Prince Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta
Line of succession to the former Italian throne
with The Duke of Aosta as pretender
2nd position