Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Venice

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Emanuele Filiberto
Prince of Piedmont
Prince of Venice
Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia (2009).jpg
Born (1972-06-22) 22 June 1972 (age 50)
Geneva, Switzerland
(m. 2003)
IssuePrincess Vittoria
Princess Luisa
Emanuele Filiberto Umberto Reza Ciro René Maria di Savoia
FatherVittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples
MotherMarina Doria

Emanuele Filiberto Umberto Reza Ciro René Maria di Savoia (born 22 June 1972)[1][2] is a member of the House of Savoy. He is the son and heir of Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy[3][1] and only male-line grandson of Umberto II, the last King of Italy.[4] As heir-apparent to the disputed headship of the House of Savoy, Emanuele Filiberto also styles himself as "Prince of Piedmont".[5]

Emanuele Filiberto grew up as an exile from Italy, because until November 2002 the Italian constitution prohibited the male issue of the Savoy kings of Italy from entering or staying on Italian territory.[6] 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.[7]

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, Prince of Naples, a disputed head of the House of Savoy, and his wife, Marina Doria, a Swiss former water ski champion.[8]

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.[9] He also appeared in a TV commercial for a brand of olives, in which he said they made you "feel like a king".[10]

On 10 July 2003, his engagement to Clotilde Courau, a French actress, was announced. The couple married on 25 September of that year at the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome. Among the 1,200 guests at the wedding were Pierre Cardin and Valentino Garavani, who had designed the wedding dress.[11]

With Courau, he has had two daughters, both born in Geneva:

  • Vittoria Cristina Adelaide Chiara Maria, royal princess of Savoy, titled by her grandfather on December 28, 2019 princess of Carignano, marquisa of Invrea, born in Geneva on December 28, 2003
  • Luisa Giovanna Agata Gavina Bianca Maria, Princess Royal of Savoy, appointed by her grandfather on December 28, 2019 Princess of Chieri, Countess of Salemi, born in Geneva on August 16, 2006

The Savoy family lives between Paris and Monte Carlo, in the principality of Monaco, Geneva and Umbertide, in the province of Perugia.

Cultural activities and charity[edit]

Prince Emanuele Filiberto and Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma at the 2022 Mass of the order of saint Maurice and Lazarus

Emanuele Filiberto created the "Emmanuele Filiberto Charity Fund" and the "Prince Foundation of Venice", born in 2001. He also deals with the "Prize of Venice Prize".

As the chairman of the Dynastic Orders of Savoy, he is involved with a number of charities. In 2018, the Orders in fact supported several charitable works around the world, worth over 800,000 Euros.[12] In 2021 more than 800,000 Euros was raised, all of which was used for charitable works around Italy and the world.

In July 2009 he made his contribution to the ceremonies for the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy by inaugurating in Cortina d'Ampezzo the exhibition "Casa Savoia, storia di una Famiglia italiana", promoted by the Prince of Venice Foundation. In the exhibition there are about 150 objects that belonged to the kings and queens of Italy. The event was sponsored by the Ministry of Cultural Goods and Activities and the Veneto Region.

Emanuele Filiberto stigmatized the attacks of the Northern League on the unification of Italy, launching his project for the celebrations of 2011.

In 2019 the Italia USA Foundation awarded him the America Prize to the Chamber of Deputies.

Prince Emanuele Filiberto and Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma at the 2022 Mass of the order of saint Maurice and Lazarus

The Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy, which Emanuele Filiberto is chairman of, contributes to a project of child surgery on the ships of Mercy Ships, active in the most inaccessible areas of the African continent. The project will started in early 2022 and 264 surgeries are planned for 197 patients in order to improve facial maxillo problems caused by labial and palate cancers that afflict many regions of Africa. This project essentially concerns children under the age of 17. A detailed report will be delivered to our Grand Chancellery by the international organization at the end of the 120 days scheduled for the mission and we will share the results with our awardees, our supporters and with all the readers of this official website of the Dinactic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy.[13]

The Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy has "adopted” a room for one year at the Associazione Peter Pan Onlus, which hosts families of children with cancer in Rome. This was made possible by the contribution of all the Dames and Knights of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy. In addition to this, thanks to the generous support of two Thai members of the Savoy Knightly Forces, it was possible to offer an additional room within the same facility in 2020. The room, called “Il rifugio di Gianni e Michele” (Gianni and Michele’s refuge) hosted a family from Montenegro, the birthplace of H.M. Queen Elena, and is still occupying it because of the continuing treatment of a seven-year-old boy, who is being cared for at the haematology ward of the Bambino Gesù Hospital in Rome. Another room, called “Il colle del gigliotigrato” (the hill of the striped lily), hosted two Italian families from Apulia and Sicily. The children, aged five and six respectively, were treated in the oncology ward of the same hospital. The Grand Chancellery of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy, at the instigation of H.R.H. the Grand Master and H.R.H. Prince Emanuele Filiberto, has decided to renew the annual lease for 2021 and we hope that, thanks to your precious support, it will be possible to raise further funds to pay for a second room.[14]

Gino Lupini being invested as a Knight of the Savoy family by prince Emanuel Filiberto in 2022 at the 450th annual chapter for the order of saint Maurice and Lazarus

Emanuel Filiberto over saw the Mus-e Project where five cities across Italy (Turin, Milan, Rome, Fermo and Copertino in the province of Lecce) and over 250 children are involved in the Mus-e Project, which the Dynastic Orders of the House of Savoy have decided to support for the 2021/22 school year. This choice was made in order to give hope and moments of creativity to all these children who, also due to the Covid emergency, have gone through a particularly difficult period and are only now regaining confidence in the future.[15]

Emanuel Filiberto as chairman of the Dynastic orders of Savoy has often stepped in for his father Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, the Grand master of the family orders which include, Civil Order of Savoy, Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, and the Supreme Order of the Most Holy Annunciation, as he is head of the Royal House of Savoy. This means that the role of investing new knights into the orders for which ever motivational reason has fallen to Emanuel Filiberto. The role of electing these knights falls to the Junta. The Junta is responsible for voting in new Knight or Dame to the dynastic order on behalf of the grand master, Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples. There are always five members of the Junta to ensure that there is never an equal count in votes for and against a new possible new Knights or Dames.

As of 2022, Emanuele Filberto has been leading an effort to reclaim the family jewels belonging to the House of Savoy. The jewels are estimated to be worth $335 million and have been held by the Italian government since the abolition of the monarchy in 1946.[16]


In 2015 Emanuele Filiberto engaged in a public spat on Twitter with aristocratic journalist Beatrice Borromeo who broke the story of his father's confession on video regarding the death of Dirk Hamer.[17] Vittorio Emanuele had sued the newspaper for defamation, but in 2015 after it won the case, Borromeo tweeted ''Vincere una causa è sempre piacevole, ma contro Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia la goduria è doppia![18] ("Winning a case is always nice, but against Victor Emmanuel of Savoy there is double the pleasure"),[19] and "caro @efsavoia goditi questa sentenza" ("dear @efsavoia enjoy this judgement")[20] which provoked Emanuele Filiberto to defend his father.[21][22] She had earlier confronted him on camera with a copy of a book on the murder by Hamer's sister, whose preface she had written.[23]

In 2018, following the release of polling data by the Istituto Piepoli that showed 15 percent of Italians favoured the formation of a royalist party and eight percent supported him as future king, Emanuele Filiberto said he was contemplating the launch of a political party to advocate for the restoration of the monarchy in Italy.[24]

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Emanuele Filiberto (right) with his father Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples (center) and Stefano D'Amico (left) in 2009

Emanuele Filiberto is, by strict primogeniture in the male-line, the heir apparent of the House of Savoy, Italy's former ruling dynasty.[8] 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.[25] 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.[26] The Duke of Aosta appealed the ruling and the dynastic dispute is still unresolved.[27]



Dynastic honours[edit]

National and foreign honours[edit]


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