On Friday, June 8, 2012 was baptized in the Basilica of San Marco in Milan, SAR Prince Amedeo of Savoy, the second son of TRH Prince Aimone of Savoy, Duke of Aosta and Apulia, and Princess Olga of Greece.
The Little Prince has received from his father, who claims Headship of House Savoy, the title of Duke of the Abruzzi, a title that was last born in 1933 by the famous explorer Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta.
Prince Amedeo was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine (Paris) on May 24, 2011.
The Basilica of San Marco houses the celebrated organ Antegnati, also played by Mozart, and in 1874 was the site of the first performance of Verdi's Messa da Requiem in memory of Alessandro Manzoni.
Present at this happy event were: HRH Prince Amedeo, Duke of Savoy, with his wife HRH Princess Silvia of Savoy, HRH Prince Aimone of Savoy, Duke of Aosta and Duke of Apulia, with his wife HRH Princess Olga of Greece, HRH Princess Claudia d'Orléans (the baby's paternal grandmother), HRH Prince Umberto of Savoy, Prince of Piedmont, SAR Princess Mafalda of Savoy with her children, HIRH Archduchess Margherita of Austria-Este, daughter of the Third Duke of Aosta, and the maternal grandparents of the little prince, HRH Prince Michael of Greece and his wife Princess Marina of Greece. Joining in the baptism festivities were also some other members and descendants of noble families, and some of the European Royal Houses closely intertwined with the baptized.
The baptism was celebrated by the pastor of the Basilica of San Marco, Don Luigi Testore. The godparents are: Princess Mafalda of Savoy and Princess Marina of Greece, as well as George Antaki, a family friend.
HRH the Duke of Abruzzi was baptized with the names Amadeus, in honor of his grandfather, and Michel, in honor of his maternal grandfather.
At this important moment in the life of the Italian royal family were also present several personalities including the Italian Monarchist Union (UMI) national secretary Sergio Boschiero, the UMI Coordinator for Monza Fabio Fazzari, Professor Marco Grandi and Professor Salvatore Bordolani di Pirato.
The editor of the Yearbook of Italian Nobility, the heraldist Andrea Borella, has given to Prince Aimone the coat of arms for the little Duke of Abruzzi. The newly christened Prince of Savoy is the fourth in line of succession to the throne of Italy after his grandfather, Prince Amedeo of Savoy, Head of the Italian Royal Family and Duke of Savoy, the father Prince Aimone of Savoy, Duke of Aosta and Duke of Apulia, and the elder brother Prince Umberto, Prince of Piedmont.
The Italian monarchists rejoice together with the Royal Family, now that the three generations of the glorious House of Savoy are more than ever an option for the future of our country.
Princess Marina of Greece and Princess Mafalda of Savoy-Aosta
The Duke of Aosta and Apulia and his son Prince Umberto with Mr. Sergio Boschero.
The Duke of Aosta and Apulkia and his son Prince Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi.
Princess Claude d'Orléans.
The Duke of the Abruzzi.
The Prince of Piedmont.
Princess Claude d'Orléans, The Duke of Savoy, The Duchess of Savoy, Archduchess Margherita of Austria-Este.
Princess Marina of Greece with her grandson Umberto, Princess Mafalda of Savoy-Aosta, The Duke and Duchess of Aosta and Apulia holding their son.
Princess Claude d'Orléans, The Duke of Savoy, The Duchess of Savoy, Archduchess Margherita of Austria-Este. Ithe gentleman next to Princess Claude is her longtime companion)
Princess Mafalda of Savoy-Aosta, The Duke and Duchess of Aosta and Apulia holding their son.
Princess Marina of Greece with her grandson Umberto, Princess Mafalda of Savoy-Aosta, The Duke and Duchess of Aosta and Apulia while the priest baptizes Prince Amedeo.
Princess Mafalda of Savoy-Aosta, The Duke of Aosta and Apulia.