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Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia
2nd Duca d'Aosta

Other names:  Emanuele Filiberto Vittorio Eugenio Alberto Genova Giuseppe Maria[1]

Other Titles and Honours

Duca di Puglia, 1873[2]
Príncipe de Asturias, 1870-73[2]
Knight of the Military Order of Savoy[1]
Knight of Honour and Devotion of the Order of Malta (Vatican)[1]
Grand Cross of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus (Italy)[1]
Order of the Crown (Saxony)[1]
Knight of the Order of the Tower and Sword (Portugal)[1]
Knight of the Order of the Garter (Great Britain)[1]
Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece (Spain)[1]
Knight of the Royal Order of the Seraphim (Sweden)[1]
Knight of the Order of the Black Eagle (Prussia)[1]
Knight of the Order of the Holy Annunciation (Italy)[1]
Medal of Military Valour, silver (Italy)[1]
Honorary degree Cambridge University[1]
Honorary degree University of Turin[1]

Positions Held

President of the Military Order of Savoy[2]
Marshal of Italy, 1926[1]
General, 1919[2]
Lieutenant general, 1902[2]
Major general, 1898[1]
Colonel, 1894[2]
Lieutenant colonel, 1893[2]
Senator of the Kingdom of Italy, 1890[2]
Major, 1894[1]
Captain, 1890[1]
Second lieutenant, 1888[1]

Main Events

In 1873, Emanuele returned to Italy with his family after his father's abdication as king of Spain. He entered the Military Academy of Turin at the age of fifteen, and once he completed his period there, he was made a second lieutenant.[1] After his father's death, he resided in Florence because of his military career, but often made trips abroad, one of which was to England in 1892 where he tried to convince Queen Victoria to visit Rome. In 1895, he was sent to serve as colonel of the 5th Regiment at Venaria. After he married, he expressed his desire to serve in the war with Ethiopia, but this was not granted due to his lack of experience. Instead, he was appointed commander of the general infantry of Turin in 1897.[2]

Emanuele Filiberto was second in line to the throne of Italy from 1900 until 1904 when Umberto II was born. In 1905, he was sent to Naples to command the 10th Division.[1] He finally was sent to fight in World War One in 1915 when he was sent to lead the 3rd Army to conquer Gorizia and Trieste in 1915 where he distinguished himself. Under Mussolini, he was honoured as symbol of the soldiers who fought in the Great War, and he was given a number of posts, but none of any real importance. He was buried with next to the soldiers of the 3rd Army.[2]

Place of birth: Royal palace, Genova[1]
Place of marriage: Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey[1]
Place of death: Cisterna Palace, Turin[1]
Place of burial: Redipuglia cemetery, Udine[1]



1. Real Academia Matritense de Heráldica y Genealogía. Anales de la Real Academia Matritense de Heráldica y Genealogía, 2000-2001, vol. 6.

2. A. Merlotti. Savoia Aosta, Emanuele Filiberto di, duca d'Aosta. Dizionario biografico degli Italiani, vol. 91. Rome: Istituto della Enciclopedia italiana, 2018.

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