Prince Filiberto, Duke of Genoa

Prince Filiberto of Savoy, 4th Duke of Genoa (Filiberto Lodovico Massimiliano Emanuele Maria; 10 March 1895 7 September 1990) was the fourth Duke of Genoa and a member of the House of Savoy.

Prince Filiberto
Duke of Genoa
Born(1895-03-10)10 March 1895
Died7 September 1990(1990-09-07) (aged 95)
SpousePrincess Lydia of Arenberg
Full name
Filiberto Lodovico Massimiliano Emanuele Maria di Savoia-Genova
FatherThomas, 2nd Duke of Genoa
MotherPrincess Maria Isabella of Bavaria

Born in Turin, Prince Filiberto was the second son of Prince Thomas of Savoy-Genoa, Duke of Genoa and his wife Princess Isabella of Bavaria (1863–1924). On 22 September 1904 he was given the title Duke of Pistoia.

Prince Filiberto pursued a career in the Royal Italian Army achieving the rank of General. A supporter of Benito Mussolini, he volunteered to serve in the Second Italo-Abyssinian War where he commanded the 1st Blackshirt Division. It was his division that raised the Italian flag over Amba Aradam.[1] When Italy joined World War II, he became commander of the Italian 7th Army, but held no major commands after Italy joined the Allies.

Prince Filiberto married Princess Lydia of Arenberg (1 April 1905 in Brussels – 23 July 1977 in Lausanne) on 30 April 1928 in Turin. She was a daughter of Engelbert-Marie, 9th Duke of Arenberg, and Princess Hedwige of Ligne.[2] They had no children.

After the Second World War a referendum was held in Italy where a majority of people voted to abolish the monarchy. With the death of his brother Ferdinando on 24 June 1963 he succeeded to the title Duke of Genoa.

Prince Filiberto died in Lausanne, Switzerland. His youngest brother Eugenio succeeded to the title Duke of Genoa.

Titles and styles

  • 10 March 1895 - 22 September 1904: His Royal Highness Prince Filiberto of Savoy-Genoa
  • 22 September 1904 - 4 June 1963: His Royal Highness The Duke of Pistoia
  • 4 June 1963 7 September 1990: His Royal Highness The Duke of Genoa



  1. Mockler, Anthony (2003). Haile Selassie's War. Signal Books. pp. 55, 102. ISBN 1-902669-53-3.
  2. The Peerage
Prince Filiberto, Duke of Genoa
Born: 10 March 1895 Died: 7 September 1990
Italian nobility
Preceded by
Duke of Genoa
24 June 1963 7 September 1990
Succeeded by
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