Marina, Princess of Naples

Marina, Princess of Naples (born Marina Ricolfi-Doria 12 February 1935) is a Swiss water skier. She is the wife of Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, the son of the last king and queen of Italy, Umberto II and Marie José.[1]

Marina Ricolfi-Doria
Princess of Naples
Duchess of Savoy
Ricolfi-Doria at Cape Canaveral in 1969
Born (1935-02-12) 12 February 1935
IssueEmanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Venice
Full name
Marina Ricolfi Doria
FatherRené Italo Ricolfi-Doria
MotherIris Benvenuti

Early life

Marina Ricolfi-Doria was born on 12 February 1935 to René Italo Ricolfi-Doria, a Swiss Olympic swimmer,[2] and Iris Benvenuti, who owned a Swiss biscuit company. She has three sisters, Silvia, Nina and Alda, and one brother, Dominique.


In 1955 Ricolfi-Doria became a water-skiing performer at Cypress Gardens, in Florida in the United States. She competed three times in the Water Ski World Championships; in 1953, in 1955 and in 1957. In 1955 she took the Tricks gold medal, and in 1957 she took gold in both Slalom and Tricks, thus becoming the overall women's world champion. She won the overall title in the European Championships every year from 1953 to 1956, and took five or more overall Swiss national titles.[3] In 1991 Ricolfi-Doria was included in the Hall of Fame of the International Water Ski Federation, as the "finest female skier from Europe of the first decade of international competition".[3] She continued to compete until 1960.[3]


Ricolfi-Doria met Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia in 1960 at the Société Nautique de Genève, where both were water-skiing. They were married in a Roman Catholic church in Teheran in the autumn of 1971; their wedding had been announced during the 2,500 year celebration of the Persian Empire in Persepolis.[4] They have one son, Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Venice.[5]

When her husband, Vittorio Emanuele, was allowed to return to his homeland in 2002, they moved from Switzerland to Italy.

Italian royal family

HRH The Prince of Naples
HRH The Princess of Naples

HRH Princess Maria Pia
HRH Princess Maria Gabriella
HRH Princess Maria Beatrice


  1. The titles of the Italian royal family are not recognized under the terms of the republican Constitution of Italy, but are often still accorded unofficially.
  2. René Ricolfi-Doria, Olympic Games 1920,
  3. Marina Doria.
  4. Guido Tonella (22 June 1972) È nato a Ginevra l’erede dei Savoia (in Italian). Il Tempo. Accessed September 2017.
  5. Enache, Nicolas. La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg. ICC, Paris, 1996. p.204
Marina, Princess of Naples
Born: 12 February 1935
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Princess Marie José of Belgium
Queen Consort of Italy
18 March 1983 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Kingdom abolished in 1946
Clotilde Courau

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