Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Venice

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Prince Emanuele Filiberto
Prince of Venice
Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia (1972).jpg
Born (1972-06-22) 22 June 1972 (age 43)
Geneva, Switzerland
Spouse Clotilde Courau (m. 2003)
Issue Princess Vittoria
Princess Luisa
Full name
Emanuele Filiberto Umberto Reza Ciro René Maria di Savoia
House House of Savoy
Father Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples
Mother Marina Ricolfi Doria
Styles of
Emanuele Filiberto,
Prince of Venice
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir
Italian Royal Family
Great coat of arms of the king of italy (1890-1946).svg

HRH The Prince of Naples
HRH The Princess of Naples

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

Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Venice (Emanuele Filiberto Umberto Reza Ciro René Maria di Savoia; born 22 June 1972),[1][2] is an Italian television personality, a member of the House of Savoy and the son and heir of Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples.[3][1] He is the only male-line grandson of Umberto II, the last King of Italy. As one of the two heirs of the disputed headship of the House of Savoy, Emanuele Filberto styles himself as Prince of Piedmont and Venice.[4] However, due to the dynastic dispute, he does not hold the title of Prince of Piedmont.

Filiberto grew up as an exile from Italy, in accordance with the provision of the Italian constitution prohibiting the male issue of the Savoy kings of Italy from entering or staying on Italian territory.[5] Since returning to Italy he has made many appearances on national television, including his participation as a contestant in Ballando con le stelle (the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars), and the Sanremo Music Festival.

He is married to French actress Clotilde Courau.

Early life and family[edit]

Emanuele Filiberto was born in Geneva, Switzerland, the only child of Vittorio Emanuele, a disputed head of the House of Savoy, and his wife, Marina Ricolfi Doria, a Swiss former water ski champion.[6]

On 10 November 2002, he accompanied his father and mother to Italy, following revocation of the provision in the Italian constitution that forbade the male Savoy descendants of kings of Italy from setting foot in the country. On the three-day trip, he accompanied his parents on a visit to the Vatican for a 20-minute audience with Pope John Paul II.[7]

On 10 July 2003, the engagement of Filiberto to Clotilde Courau, a French actress was announced. The couple married on 25 September of that year at the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome; the bride was pregnant by about six months. There were some 1200 guests at the wedding; among them were Pierre Cardin and Valentino Garavani, who had designed the wedding-dress.[8]

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 22 June 1972 – 18 March 1983: His Royal Highness The Prince of Venice
  • 18 March 1983 - 7 July 2006: His Royal Highness The Prince of Piedmont and Venice
  • 7 July 2006 - present: His Royal Highness The Prince of Venice

Filiberto is, by strict primogeniture in the male-line, the heir apparent of the House of Savoy, Italy's former ruling dynasty.[6] In June 2006 his distant cousin Amedeo, 5th Duke of Aosta, declared himself to be head of the house and rightful Duke of Savoy, maintaining that Vittorio Emanuele had forfeited his dynastic rights when he married Emanuele Filiberto's mother, Marina Ricolfi Doria, in 1971 without the legally required permission of his father and sovereign-in-exile, Umberto II.[9] Emanuele Filiberto and his father applied for judicial intervention to forbid Amedeo from using the title Duke of Savoy. In February 2010, the court of Arezzo ruled that the Duke of Aosta and his son must pay damages totalling 50,000 euros to their cousins and cease using the surname Savoy instead of Savoy-Aosta. The Duke of Aosta appealed the ruling and the dynastic dispute is still unresolved.[10]


National dynastic honours[edit]

National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]



  1. ^ a b Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XIV. "Haus Italien". C.A. Starke Verlag, 1997, pp. 33, 38–39. ISBN 3-7980-0814-0.
  2. ^ Willis, Daniel, The Descendants of Louis XIII, Clearfield Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1999, p. 673. ISBN 0-8063-4942-5.
  3. ^ de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, pp. 602, 604, 622-623 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  4. ^ "Emanuele Filiberto - Biography". emanuelefiliberto.eu. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  5. ^ C.E.D.R.E. Les Manuscrits du C.E.D.R.E.: Le Royaume d'Italie, volume I. Paris, 1992, pp. 89-93. French. ISSN 0993-3964.
  6. ^ a b Enache, Nicolas. La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg. ICC, Paris, 1996. p.204
  7. ^ Willan, Philip (24 December 2002). "Exiled Italian royals go home". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  8. ^ John Hooper (26 September 2003). "Italy hosts rare royal wedding". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Enache, Nicolas. La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg. ICC, Paris, 1996. p.213
  10. ^ "Savoia sì o no? Giurista 'boccia' sentenza che vieta il cognome ad Amedeo". Tuttosport. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  11. ^ wearing the badge as a medal on his wedding
  12. ^ wearing the badge as a medal
  13. ^ wearing the grand collar insignia
  14. ^ wearing the grand chain insignia
  15. ^ wearing the medal of the order
  16. ^ wearing the robes of the order
  17. ^ http://www.noblesseetroyautes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Clotilde+Courau+Wedding+Prince+Guillaume+Luxembourg+IfDOm7n19_el.jpg
  18. ^ a b c Blogger, Prince Emanuel Filiberto wearing the orders
  19. ^ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/262334747015486271/
  20. ^ http://www.constantinian.org.uk/the-constantinian-orders-relationship-with-the-savoy-dynasty-of-italy/
  21. ^ http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/prince-emanuele-filiberto-of-savoia-and-wife-clotilde-news-photo/56239096
  22. ^ Nomination by Sovereign Ordonnance n° 15703 of 1st March 2003 (French)
  23. ^ Zakatov, A.N. "Recipients of the Russian Imperial Order of St. Alexander Nevsky". Russian Imperial House. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 

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Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Venice
Born: 22 June 1972
Italian royalty
Preceded by
First in line
Line of succession to the former Italian throne Succeeded by
Amedeo, 5th Duke of Aosta