THE ROYAL FAMILY OF ITALY
Not everyone knows that Italy once had a king, as did all European countries in recent past. The last king of Italy, Umberto II (di Savoia), reigned for slightly over a month, from 9 May 1946 to 12 June 1946. However, he was de facto head of state from 1944 to 1946. He left Italy with his family at the close of WW II when a national referendum calling to preserve the monarchy failed. He lived out his life in exile in Portugal where he died in 1983, never having been allowed to return to Italy.
This is me on Saturday morning with Christine Camerana, Gil, Princess Maria Pia di Savoia, her husband Prince Michel de Bourbon Parme, and Maria Pia's son, Prince Michel de Yougoslavie, in the garden here at Villa Massei.
Many years ago Gil and I found this painting of Vittorio Emanuele II, the first King of freshly united Italy. It's a very good portrait of Maria Pia's great great grandfather, and our royal guests were very amused to see it here.