King of Italy
Other names: Vittorio Emanuele Ferdinando Maria Gennaro
Other Titles and Honours
Emperor of Ethiopia, 1936-43 ren.
King of Albania, 1939-43 ren.
Prince of Naples, 1869-1900
Titular King of Cyprus, 1900-47†
Titular King of Jerusalem, 1900-47†
Titular King of Armenia, 1900-47†
10th Principe di Carignano, 1900-47†
Titular 24th Duca di Savoia, 1900-47†
Conte di Pollenzo, 1946-47†
Knight of the Garter, 1891-1940 (England)
Knight of the Order of the Annunziata (Italy)
Victor Emmanuel had terminated a mostly military education when he
suddenly inherited the throne of Italy after his father's assassination. He
was basically a constitutional monarch, but went against parliament by
joining Italy with the Allies and entering World War I in 1915, and in 1922
when he gave Mussolini the premiership. By this, he was reduced to a
figurehead as he was made emperor of Abyssinia. Mussolini had the king's
support until he lost power. The king had him arrested after
Italy's failures in 1943 during World War II, and in an attempt to appease
the public, he appointed the crown prince lieutenant general of the realm
and relinquished power, though he retained the title of king. He abdicated
just before the 1946 plebiscite which resulted in the abolition of the
monarchy, and he went into exile.
Place of birth: Naples
Place of marriage: Rome
Place of death: Alexandria, Egypt
Place of burial: Church of Santa Caterina, Alessandria
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