Amedeo, 5th Duke of Aosta

English name = Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of Aosta

birth_date = Birth date and age|1943|9|27
birthplace = Florence, Italy
death_date =
deathplace =
regnal =
title = Duke of Aosta,
Duke of Savoy "(disputed)"
throne = Italy
pretend from = July 7 2006
year = 1946
king = Umberto II
relationship = Cousin
house = Savoy
father = Prince Aimone of Savoy
mother = Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark
spouse = Princess Claude of Orléans; Silvia Paternò di Spedalotto
children = Princess Bianca, Prince Aimone, Princess Mafalda
predecessor =
successor =
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Prince Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of Aosta, (given names: "Amedeo Umberto Costantino Giorgio Paolo Elena Maria Fiorenzo Zvonimir"; born 27 September 1943) is a claimant to the headship of the House of Savoy, the family which ruled Italy from 1861 to 1946, as well as the heir to the short-lived Kingdom of Croatia during World War II with the name "Zvonimir II". Until July 7 2006 Amedeo was styled Duke of Aosta; on that date he declared himself Duke of Savoy.

Birth and early life

Amedeo was born at Villa della Cisterna in Florence, the only child of Prince Aimone of Savoy, Duke of Spoleto, later 4th Duke of Aosta, and of Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark.

Only three weeks before Amedeo's birth, Italy had surrendered to the Allies. Italy's former ally Germany thereupon launched a military operation to occupy Italy. The infant Amedeo was arrested by the Nazis along with his mother, aunt, and two cousins, and sent to an internment camp in Austria.

When Amedeo was only four years old, his father died and he succeeded as Duke of Aosta, Prince of Cisterna and Belriguardo, Marquis of Voghera, and Count of Ponderano.

Amedeo studied at the Collegio Navale Morosini in Venice and in England. He then attended the Naval Academy in Livorno from which he graduated as an officer in the Italian Navy.

Marriage and family

On 22 July, 1964 Amedeo married Princess Claude Marie Agnès Catherine d'Orléans (b. December 11 1943) in Sintra, Portugal. She was the ninth child and fifth daughter of Henri, comte de Paris, Orléanist claimant to the French throne, and of Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza. Amedeo and Claude have three children:
* Princess "Bianca" Irene Olga Elena Isabella Fiorenza Maria of Savoy (b. Florence, 2 April 1966) married Gilberto Carbonello Tiberto Maria, Count Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga at San Giustino Valdarno, Tuscany, on 11 September 1988 and had issue:
** "Viola" Moreschina Nuschi Adec Nicoletta Maria Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga (b. Rome, 31 May 1991)
** "Vera" Clementina Verde Aimone Elena Maria Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga (b. Samedan, 18 August 1993)
** "Mafalda" Violante Giovanna Olga Maria Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga (b. Conegliano Veneto, 27 December 1997)
** "Maddalena" Smeralda Brandolina Maria Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga (b. Conegliano Veneto, 24 April 2000)
** "Leonardo" Amedeo Moreschino Sai Maria Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga (b. Conegliano Veneto, 5 October 2001)
* Prince "Aimone" Umberto Emanuele Filiberto Luigi Amedeo Elena Maria Fiorenzo, Duke of Apulia (b. Florence, 13 October 1967); Aimone married in a civil ceremony on 16 September, 2008, Princess "Olga" Isabella of Greece, daughter of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark. The religious marriage will take place on 27 September at Patmos.
* Princess "Mafalda" Giovanna Shams Maria Fiorenza Isabella of Savoy (b. Florence, 20 September 1969) married firstly at San Giustino Valdarno, Tuscany, 18 September 1994 "Don" Alessandro Ruffo di Calabria-Santapau dei principi di Palazzolo (b. Turin, 4 November 1964), divorced without issue; Mafalda married secondly London 27 April 2001 "Nobile" Francesco Ferrante Carlo Napoleone, 5th Baron Lombardo di San Chirico (b. Milan 31 January 1968) and had issue:
** "Nob." "Anna" Egizia Maria Carla Chiara Benedetta Lombardo di San Chirico (b. Milan, 11 April 1999)
** "Nob." "Carlo" Ferrante Gennaro Antonio Francesco Lombardo di San Chirico (b. Milan, 28 January 2001)
** "Nob." "Elena" Maria Carlotta Claude Silvia Stefania Tommasa Vittoria Lombardo di San Chirico (b. Milan, 10 March 2003)

Amedeo and Claude officially separated from each other July 20 1976. They received a civil divorce April 26 1982, and an ecclesiastical annulment from the Roman Rota January 8 1987.

On 30 March 1987 Amedeo married Silvia Paternò di Spedalotto (b. 31 December 1953) in the chapel of Villa Spedalotto in Bagheria, Sicily. She is the daughter of Vincenzo Paternò di Spedalotto, Marchese di Reggiovanni, and of Rosanna Bellardo. Amedeo and Silvia have no children.

Amedeo has an illegitimate son, Piero Incisa della Rochetta (born November 30 1967) by Donna Nerina Corsini dei principi Corsini (b. Lausanne, 1 May, 1942), the wife of Enrico Incisa della Rocchetta (b. 15 May 1934 – Middleton, 30 April 2005) Piero bears his putative father's surname:

Amedeo has an illegitimate daughter by Kyara van Ellinkhuizen: Ginevra Maria Gabriella (born Milan, 19 March 2006). Ginevra has Down syndrome. Though before her birth Amedeo had stated that he would immediately recognize her as his child and provide for her welfare, he did not do so and instead firstly asked for DNA testing to be performed in order to assure the filiation. These tests have demonstrated that he is the father. On 4 August 2006, he recognized his daughter, but still does not provide for her welfare. [ [ Amedeo padre di Ginevra. Lo dice il Dna] ]

Business activities

Amedeo and his wife Silvia live in the village of San Rocco near the town of Castiglion Fibocchi in Tuscany (about 15 kilometres northwest of Arezzo). He is involved in various agricultural activities including the production of wine marketed under the name "Vini Savoia Aosta".

Since 1997 Amedeo has been president of the "International Foundation Pro Herbario Mediterraneo". From 2003 to 2006 he was president of the committee responsible for the nature reserve on the island of Vivara.

Dynastic activities

On July 7, 2006 Amedeo declared himself to be the head of the House of Savoy and Duke of Savoy, claiming that his cousin Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples had lost his dynastic rights when he married without the legally required permission of King Umberto II in 1971, just following the time of his arrest. Vittorio Emanuele and his son, Emanuele Filiberto, have applied for judicial intervention to forbid Amedeo's use of the title "Duke of Savoy". An initial hearing was scheduled in the court of Arezzo, with a ruling expected by 6 June 2008. [cite journal| author = Vincent Meylan| date = 21-05-08| title = Duc d'Aoste ou Duc de Savoie?| journal = Point de Vue| pages = 79] The President of the "Council of the Senators of the Kingdom" Aldo Alessandro Mola published a declaration in favour of Amedeo's claim; in fact only nine members of the 62 member council voted in support of the declaration. Amedeo has also received the support of Vittorio Emmanuele's sister Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy.

Amedeo has been criticized by other Italian monarchists who continue to support Vittorio Emanuele. Sergio Pellecchi, President of the Giunta of the Chivalric Orders of the House of Savoy, has stated that the Council of the Senators of the Kingdom was dissolved in 2002 and that it never had any authority in matters of the succession. Eugenio Armando Dondero, spokesman for the Coordinamento Monarchico Italiano, has asked why Amedeo did not claim to be head of the House of Savoy in 1983 when King Umberto II died. But others, including constitutional jurist Guido Locatello, declared the marriage of Vittorio Emanuele to be in violation of Savoy dynastic law years before scandal evoked any clamor for Amedeo to replace him. Additionally, Amedeo of Aosta's claims were strengthened when both Prince Vittorio Emanuele and his son Prince Emanuele Filberto recognized the Italian republic in order to be allowed to return to Italy in 2002, an act that was interpreted as an official renunciation of any claims either had on the throne of Italy.Fact|date=April 2008

Amedeo is a Knight of the Supreme Order of the Most Holy Annunciation named by Humbert II , a Grand Cross of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, and a Knight of Honor and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of St. John of Jerusalem. He is an honorary citizen of the towns of Marigliano, Pantelleria, and Abetone.


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1= Amedeo, 5th Duke of Aosta
2= Amione, 4th Duke of Aosta
3= Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark
4= Emanuele Filiberto, 2nd Duke of Aosta
5= Princess Hélène of Orléans
6= Constantine I of Greece
7= Sophie of Prussia
8= Amadeo I of Spain, 1st Duke of Aosta
9= Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo della Cisterna
10=Philippe, comte de Paris
11=Princess Marie Isabelle of Orléans
12=George I of Greece
13=Olga Konstantinova of Russia
14=Frederick III, German Emperor
15=Victoria, Princess Royal


External links

* [ Amedeo's official website]
* [ Vini Savoia Aosta]

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