Line of succession to the former Italian throne

Prince of Naples

The title "Prince of Naples" was conferred by King Joseph Bonaparte to be hereditary on his children and grandchildren in the male and female line under Italian law, and Vittorio Emanuele is the son of the last king, Umberto II. He was regarded as the head of the House of Savoy unopposed until 7 July 2006 when the Duke of Aosta declared himself to be the head of the house and Duke of Savoy.

The heirs to his claim, in order of succession, are numbered below:

In the event that Emanuele Filiberto will die without any legitimate male heirs, his claim to the Italian throne will pass on to the Savoy-Aosta line--thus uniting these two claims.

Duke of Aosta

The Duke of Aosta claims that because Vittorio Emanuele married in violation of the House of Savoy's dynastic law he forfeited his dynastic rights. Aldo Alessandro Mola, president of the former Council of the Senators of the Kingdom, published a declaration in favour of Amedeo's claim; and he also received the support of Vittorio Emanuele's sister Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy.

The heirs to his claim, in order of succession, are numbered below:

Line of succession in June 1946

The Dukes of Genoa male line ultimately became extinct in 1996 when Prince Eugenio (the last surviving male agnate of this line) died without any male heirs (he only had one daughter). In turn, this left only the main Savoy royal male line and the Savoy-Aosta male line.


On 21 May 2004 blows were struck in Madrid between the Crown Prince and the Duke of Aosta. At a soirée held at the Zarzuela Palace during the wedding celebrations of the Prince of Asturias, Amedeo approached Vittorio who reportedly punched him twice in the face, causing him to stumble backward down the steps.[3][4] The quick intervention of the former Queen of the Hellenes, who propped him up, prevented the Duke from falling to the ground.[4] She discreetly assisted him indoors while staunching his bleeding face until first aid was administered.[3] Upon learning of the incident, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, a cousin of both men, reportedly declared that "never again" would an opportunity to abuse his hospitality be afforded the competing pretenders.[3][4] The Queen's quick action avoided what might have been more serious injury to Amedeo and a public escalation of the confrontation.

In response to the Duke of Aosta's attempt in 2006 to assume the headship of the house, and his and his son's assumption of the name "di Savoia" along with the undifferenced arms of the Royal House of Savoy and of the Prince of Piedmont, the Prince of Naples and his son filed a lawsuit against the Aosta branch. The lawsuit was successful, the court of Arezzo ruling in February 2010 that the Duke of Aosta and his son must pay damages totalling 50,000 euros to their cousins and cease their use of the arms of the Royal House and those of the Prince of Piedmont.[5] They were also forbidden to use the name "di Savoia", instead they must resume the name "di Savoia-Aosta".[6] The Duke of Aosta is appealing the ruling.[7]


  1. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-06-17. Retrieved 2009-10-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. Unione Monarchica Italian - Nascita Reale Archived 2009-01-02 at the Wayback Machine
  3. McIntosh, David (December 2005). "The Sad Demise of the House of Savoy". European Royal History Journal. Arturo E. Beeche. 8.6 (XLVIII): 3–6.
  4. Right royal punch-up at Spanish prince's wedding
  5. Squires, Nick (18 February 2010). "Italian aristocrat cousins fight over defunct throne". The Telegraph. Rome. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  6. "LE LL.AA.RR. I PRINCIPI VITTORIO EMANUELE ED EMANUELE FILIBERTO DI SAVOIA VINCONO LA CAUSA CONTRO AMEDEO D'AOSTA" (PDF). Royal House of Savoy. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  7. "Savoia sì o no? Giurista 'boccia' sentenza che vieta il cognome ad Amedeo". Tuttosport. Archived from the original on 11 August 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
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