Princess Yolanda of Savoy

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This article is about a member of the Italian royal family. For the ocean liner, see Principessa Jolanda.
Princess Yolanda
Countess of Bergolo
Princess Yolanda of Italy.jpg
Born (1901-06-01)1 June 1901
Rome, Italy
Died 16 October 1986(1986-10-16) (aged 85)
Rome, Italy
Burial Monumental Cemetery, Turin
Spouse Giorgio Carlo Calvi, Count of Bergolo
Issue Maria Ludovica Calvi di Bergolo
Giorgio Calvi di Bergolo
Vittoria Calvi di Bergolo
Guia-Anna Calvi di Bergolo
Pier Francesco Calvi, Count of Bergolo
Full name
Iolanda Margherita Milena Elisabetta Romana Maria di Savoia
House House of Savoy
Father Victor Emmanuel III of Italy
Mother Elena of Montenegro
Religion Roman Catholic

Princess Yolanda of Savoy (1 June 1901 – 16 October 1986) was the eldest daughter of King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and his wife Princess Elena of Montenegro, and the sister of Umberto II, the last king of Italy.


She was born Principessa Iolanda Margherita Milena Elisabetta Romana Maria di Savoia (English: Princess Yolanda Margaret Milena Elizabeth Romaine Mary of Savoy) in Rome, Italy. As a young woman she was a great sportswoman, particularly interested in swimming and riding.

After her marriage Yolanda lived in the town of Pinerolo, southwest of Turin.

In 1946, Yolanda and her family went into voluntary exile with her father in Alexandria, Egypt. After King Victor Emmanuel's death, Yolanda and her family returned to Italy where they lived at Castelporziano.

Yolanda died in a hospital in Rome and is buried in Turin.

Marriage and children[edit]

On 9 April 1923 at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, she married Giorgio Carlo Calvi, Count of Bergolo (15 March 1887, Athens – 25 February 1977, Rome). They had five children:

  • Maria Ludovica Calvi di Bergolo (born 24 January 1924, Turin), married Robert Gasche (born 1918) in 1949 (div. 1975) and had issue:
    • Uberto Imar Gasche, born 1954, married Donna Imara Ruffo di Calabria (granddaughter of Prince Fulco Ruffo di Calabria) and had issue;
    • Helene Gasche, born 1955.
  • Giorgio Calvi di Bergolo (born and died 1925, Pinerolo), died of bronchial pneumonia at six days old;
  • Vittoria Calvi di Bergolo (22 June 1927, Turin – March 1985); married Guglielmo, Count Guarienti di Brenzone (1919, Verona – 4 September 2006) in 1947. Had issue:
    • Emanuela Guarienti di Brenzone (born 1948), married Gregorio Sammartini and had issue;
    • Agostino Guarienti, Count di Brenzone (born 10 January 1951), married Diana Gemma Sagramoso and had issue;
    • Guariente Guarienti di Brenzone (born 1954).
  • Guia-Anna Calvi di Bergolo (born 8 March 1930), married in 1951 to Carlo Guarienti (born 1923). Had issue:
    • Maria Faldivia Guarienti (1952–1971);
    • Delfinella Guarienti (born 1954), married Ranieri Randaccio and had issue.
  • Pier Francesco Calvi, Count of Bergolo (22 December 1933, Turin – 18 June 2012, Rome), married in 1958 to Marisa Allasio (born 1936). Had issue:
    • Carlo Giorgio Calvi, Count of Bergolo (b. 1959);
    • Anda Calvi di Bergolo (b. 1962).



  • "Iolanda's Wedding Festivities Start", New York Times, April 8, 1923, p. 3.
  • "Iolanda and Calvi Meet Italian Court", New York Times, April 9, 1923, p. 19.
  • "Iolanda Wedded to Her War Hero While Crowd Cheers", New York Times, April 10, 1923, p. 1 and 3.
  • "Royal Wedding in Rome", The Times, April 10, 1923, p. 12.
  • "Princess Yolanda's Wedding", The Times, April 12, 1923, p. 16.
  • "Princes Jolanda" [obituary], New York Times, October 18, 1986, p. 9.