Marina, Princess of Naples

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Princess Marina
Princess of Naples;
Duchess of Savoy (disputed)
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Marina in 1969
Born (1935-02-12) 12 February 1935 (age 82)
Geneva, Switzerland
Spouse Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples (m. 1971)
Issue Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice
Full name
Marina Ricolfi Doria
House Savoy (by marriage)[citation needed]
Father René Ricolfi Doria
Mother Iris Amalia Benvenuti
Styles of
Marina, Princess of Naples
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Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Madam
Italian royal family
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HRH The Prince of Naples
HRH The Princess of Naples

HRH Princess Maria Pia
HRH Princess Maria Gabriella
HRH Princess Maria Beatrice

Marina, Princess of Naples (née Marina Ricolfi Doria; born 12 February 1935)[1] is a Swiss-born water skier and the wife of Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, only son and heir of Italy's last monarch: King Umberto II and his wife Princess Marie José of Belgium.[2]


Marina Ricolfi Doria is the daughter of René Italo Ricolfi Doria (Cologny, 30 April 1901 – Geneva, 4 February 1970) and wife Iris Amalia Benvenuti (Pallanza, 14 January 1905 – Geneva, 10 September 2004), who owned a Swiss biscuit business. She has three sisters: Silvia, Nina and Alda, and one brother, Dominique.


In 1955 Marina Doria went to Florida and became a star attraction at the Florida amusement park Cypress Gardens. She was a water ski champion, winning world titles on three occasions to gain the titles of Women Tricks World Champion in 1955 and 1957, and Women Slalom World Champion in 1957. In addition, she won four consecutive overall titles in the European Championships from 1953 to 1956 and multiple national titles in her native Switzerland.[3] In 1991 Doria was selected as member in the International Water Ski Federation Hall of Fame.


After an eleven-year engagement and against the wishes of the groom's father, her marriage to Vittorio Emanuele, then a banker and helicopter salesman, took place in Tehran on 7 October 1971, at the occasion of the 2,500 year celebration of the Persian Empire. They have one son, Emanuele Filiberto.

When her husband, Vittorio Emanuele, was allowed to return to his homeland in 2002, they moved from Switzerland to Italy.


  • Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice (born 22 June 1972); married to French actress Clotilde Courau, with whom he has two daughters:
    • Princess Vittoria Cristina Adelaide Chiara Maria of Savoy (born 28 December 2003 in Geneva)
    • Princess Luisa Giovanna Agata Gavina Bianca Maria of Savoy (born 16 August 2006 in Geneva)


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  1. ^ Former European Monarchs, Claimants, Consorts, and Heirs. Retrieved on 26 July 2015.
  2. ^ The titles of the Italian royal family are not recognized under the terms of the republican Constitution of Italy, but are often still accorded unofficially.
  3. ^ Marina Doria.
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  8. ^ wearing the order at the funeral of Crown Prince Otto
  9. ^ Badraie. Badraie. Retrieved on 26 July 2015.
  10. ^ Celebraciones de Persépolis 1971 – VII. 19 May 2012.

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Marina, Princess of Naples
Born: 12 February 1935
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Princess Marie José of Belgium
Queen Consort of Italy
18 March 1983 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Kingdom abolished in 1946
Clotilde Courau