Funeral of the Duke of Aosta

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The Funeral of Prince Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of Aosta at the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte in Florence on June 4th. The Italian Marines arrived with Prince Amedeo’s military insignia and the Savoy blue ribbon, which joined the Collar of the Supreme Order of the Most Holy Annunciation. The Mass was celebrated by Father Bernardo Gianni, and the coffin left the Basilica between eight tricolor flags bearing the Savoy coat of arms, to a group of faithful monarchists waiting outside. Due to the current restrictions, most Royal Guests and Relatives were not able to be present, but royal representatives and members of the Italian Aristocracy joined the Dowager Duchess, the new Duke of Aosta and Princess Olga, Duchess of Aosta, Princess Bianca and Count Giberto Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga, Princess Mafalda and Baron Lombardo di San Chirico, and Princess Claude of Orleans.

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His son, the new Duke of Aosta said:

He was an exceptional father and he was a reference figure for many, in addition to my family. There are so many people here, it moves me that they came here to remember my father.

The only son of Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta, who was proclaimed King Tomislav II of Croatia, and Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (who got married in Florence in 1939), Prince Amedeo was a first cousin of Queen Sofia of SpainKing Constantine II of GreeceKing Michael of RomaniaQueen Alexandra of Yugoslavia, and Princess Margherita of Savoy, Archduchess of Austria-Este. The Duke spent part of his childhood in a Nazi Internment Camp was the Head of the Aosta branch of the House of Savoy as well as a Claimant to the former Italian Throne. Learn MORE.

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