Feb 03, 2024
By Jeremy Logan
The son of Italy’s last king, Umberto II, has died.
Prince Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy was 86.
A statement from the Savoy Royal House said that he died on Saturday in Geneva, Switzerland.
Vittorio Emanuele was required to leave Italy for exile when he was just 9-years old, after Italians voted to abolish the monarchy in 1946.
The Prince spent most of his life living in Switzerland.
An article of the Constitution of the new Italian Republic blocked the previous kings of the House of Savoy, along with their wives and male descendants of the family from entering Italy’s borders.
Vittorio Emanuele made a triumphant return to Italy for a visit back in 2002, after the ban was lifted.