The Savoys were never generators of an unanimous feeling and they continue to generate very different attitudes, as it was revealed by their return to Italy. While anti-monarchists protested, some monarchists sang along and decided it was time to protest instead of rejoicing, by declaring that the new Head of the House of Savoy was HRH The Duke of Aosta, head of the lower branch of the House. The split between the Italian monarchists shall be avoided on this new website, consecrated to “The Glittering Casa Savoia”, where the last years of the Italian monarchy and the circumstances in which the exile began will also be untold.
Unlike most sites of the Glittering Royal Events Sites, this one is not meant as a detailed account of a single event but as a selection of glittering pictures from the various generations, with a special attention, nonetheless, to two of the events that marked the House of Savoy in the second half of the 20th century: the wedding of HRH Princess Maria Pia of Italy (eldest daughter of TM King Umberto and Queen Maria José) to HRH Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (son of HRH Prince Paul of Yugoslavia, former Regent of the Kingdom, and HRH Princess Paul – born Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark); and the wedding of HRH The Duke Amedeo of Aosta to HRH Princess Claude of France (daughter of Monseigneur Le Comte and Madame La Comtesse de Paris).
We do hope this website will manage to entertain our visitors as much as it has entertained us designing and preparing it. It would not have been possible, nevertheless, without the generous help of our friends Volker Liepert, Jos Hooghuis and Laurent Faubladier. To them and to all those who have supported our project, we want to give our most heartfelt thanks. Finally, we would like to dedicate this website to the future Prince of Italy to be born at the end of this year and to his parents, whose wedding, to be held at the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome, on the 25th September 2003, is celebrated with the launch of this website.
September 2003, the Editors