Princess Yolanda of Savoy

Princess Yolanda of Savoy (1 June 1901 16 October 1986) was the eldest daughter of King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy.

Princess Yolanda
Countess of Bergolo
Princess Yolanda between 1910 and 1915
Born(1901-06-01)1 June 1901
Rome, Kingdom of Italy
Died16 October 1986(1986-10-16) (aged 85)
Rome, Italy
Monumental Cemetery, Turin
SpouseGiorgio Carlo Calvi, Count of Bergolo
IssueMaria Ludovica Calvi di Bergolo
Giorgio Calvi di Bergolo
Vittoria Calvi di Bergolo
Guia-Anna Calvi di Bergolo
Pier Francesco Calvi, Count of Bergolo
Full name
Iolanda Margherita Milena Elisabetta Romana Maria di Savoia
FatherVictor Emmanuel III of Italy
MotherElena of Montenegro
ReligionRoman Catholic


She was born Principessa Iolanda Margherita Milena Elisabetta Romana Maria di Savoia (English: Princess Yolanda Margaret Milena Elizabeth Romaine Mary of Savoy) in Rome, Italy. As a young woman she was a great sportswoman, particularly interested in swimming and riding.

During the Great War, newspapers published reports of her engagement to the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII, who was serving in Italy in 1918. There was no basis for these rumors, but they were resurrected in 1919 when Yolanda joined her mother Elena of Montenegro, sister Princess Mafalda of Savoy, and the Duchess of Aosta (Princess Hélène of Orléans) on a visit to Paris, where the prince happened to be at the same time.[1]

After her marriage Yolanda lived in the town of Pinerolo, southwest of Turin.

In 1946, Yolanda and her family went into voluntary exile with her father in Alexandria, Egypt. After King Victor Emmanuel's death, Yolanda and her family returned to Italy, where they lived at Castelporziano.

Yolanda died in a hospital in Rome and is buried in Turin.

Marriage and children

On 9 April 1923 at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, she married Giorgio Carlo Calvi, Conte di Bergolo (15 March 1899, Athens 25 February 1951, Rome). They had five children: [2].

  • Maria Ludovica Calvi di Bergolo (24 January 1924, Turin 19 July 2017, Rome) married Robert Gasche (born 1917, died unknown) in 1952 (div. 1975) and had issue:
    • Huberto-Omar (b. 1954)
    • Elena-Maria (Yela) (b. 1955)
  • Giorgio (1 May 1925 7 May 1925)
  • Vittoria (27 June 1927, Turin March 1986, Garda), married in 1947 Guglielmo, Conte Guarienti di Brenzone
    • Emanuela (b. 1948)
    • Agostino (b. 1951)
    • Guariente (b. 1954)
  • Guja-Anna (b. 8 March 1930, Turin), married 1951 Carlo nob. dei conti Guarienti
    • Maria-Fardivia (1952 1971)
    • Delfinella (b. 1954)
  • Pier Francesco, Conte di Bergolo (22 December 1933, Turin 18 June 2012, Rome), married in 1960 to Marisa Allasio (born 1934). Had issue:
    • Carlo-Giorgio (b. 1959)
    • Anda (b. 1962)

Title, styles and honours


  • 1 June 1900 – 9 April 1922: Her Royal Highness Princess Yolanda of Savoy, Princess of Italy
  • 9 April 1922 - 25 February 1978: Her Royal Highness Princess Yolanda of Savoy, Princess of Italy, Countess of Bergolo
  • 25 February 1978 - 16 October 1986: Her Royal Highness Princess Yolanda of Savoy, Princess of Italy, Dowager Countess of Bergolo


National honours



  • "Iolanda's Wedding Festivities Start", New York Times, April 8, 1923, p. 3.
  • "Iolanda and Calvi Meet Italian Court", New York Times, April 9, 1923, p. 19.
  • "Iolanda Wedded to Her War Hero While Crowd Cheers", New York Times, April 10, 1923, p. 1 and 3.
  • "Royal Wedding in Rome", The Times, April 10, 1923, p. 12.
  • "Princess Yolanda's Wedding", The Times, April 12, 1923, p. 16.
  • "Princes Jolanda" [obituary], New York Times, October 18, 1986, p. 9.


  1. Edward Hanson, The Wandering Princess [Fonthill Media, 2017], pp. 221, 227
  2. Nicolas Enache, La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg, Reine de Hongrie et de Boheme [Paris, 1996], pp. 201-202; Burke's Royal Families of the World [London, 1977], p. 367
  3., page with the Italian Royal family members' honours
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