Prince Aimone, Duke of Apulia

Prince Aimone
Duke of Apulia
Born (1967-10-13) 13 October 1967
Florence, Italy
Spouse Princess Olga of Greece (m. 2008)
Issue Prince Umberto
Prince Amedeo
Princess Isabella
Full name
Aimone Umberto Emanuele Filiberto Luigi Amadeo Elena Maria Fiorenzo
House Savoy-Aosta
Father Amedeo, 5th Duke of Aosta
Mother Princess Claude of Orléans
Styles of
Prince Aimone, Duke of Apulia
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir
Italian Royal Family

HRH The Duke of Aosta
HRH The Duchess of Aosta

HI&RH The Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este
HRH Princess Maria Cristina

Prince Aimone of Savoy-Aosta, Duke of Apulia (born 13 October 1967) is the second child and first son of Prince Amedeo, 5th Duke of Aosta, one of the two claimants to the former throne of Italy. In 2006, his father declared himself Duke of Savoy and head of the House of Savoy; since then Prince Aimone has styled himself Duke of Aosta. However, because the headship of the royal house is disputed between his father and Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, he is still referred to as Duke of Apulia.

Education and career

Prince Aimone was born in Florence the second child and only son of Prince Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of Aosta and his first wife, Princess Claude of Orléans.[1] Aimone attended the Francesco Morosini Naval Military School and Bocconi University.[2] After he completed his education, Aimone worked at JPMorgan Chase in the United Kingdom. He also served a period in the Italian Navy's special forces (see Comando Raggruppamento Subacquei e Incursori Teseo Tesei).[2] Since 2000, Aimone has worked in Russia as president of the Italian company Pirelli.[2][3]

Engagement and marriage

Aimone's engagement to Princess Olga of Greece, daughter of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark, was announced in May 2005. Olga and Aimone are second cousins; both being great-grandchildren of the French pretender Jean d'Orléans, duc de Guise. They are also second cousins-once-removed, as George I of Greece is Olga's patrilineal great-grandfather and Aimone's great-great-grandfather. Several falsely reported wedding dates marked what was to become a three-year engagement.[4][5][6] The couple finally wed on 16 September 2008 at the Italian embassy in Moscow, the city in which Aimone is employed. Their religious marriage took place on 27 September 2008 at Patmos.[7][8][9][10] Present for the nuptials in Patmos were:[11]

With the exception of 78-year-old Margherita, Archduchess of Austria-Este (née Princess of Savoy-Aosta), all members of the Aosta branch of the House of Savoy were in attendance, i.e.:[12]

From the senior branch of the Italian royal family:


Prince Aimone and Princess Olga have three children, two sons and one daughter:[2]

Duke of Aosta

On 7 July 2006 Aimone's father, Prince Amedeo, assumed the headship of the House of Savoy and the title Duke of Savoy, claiming that his cousin Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, had lost his dynastic rights when he married without the legally required permission of King Umberto II in 1971.[3][20] Since then Aimone has used the title Duke of Aosta.[21]



  1. Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XV. "Haus Italien". C.A. Starke Verlag, 1997, pp. 36-39. (German). ISBN 9783798008144.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Real Casa Savoia, Profile Official: S.A.R. Principe Aimone di Savoia Aosta. (Italian). Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  3. 1 2 Il Giornale. Allegra, Angelo. 27 April 2015. Ho voluto i Savoia in Italia e mio cugino me le ha suonate. (Italian). Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  4. Meylan, Vincent (31 August 2005). "Le Plus Royal". Point de Vue (in French): 21.
  5. "Ils Sont Ensemble". Point de Vue (in French). 20 December 2006.
  6. (French) Le gotha, le site officiel de Stéphane Bern
  7. Unione Monarchica Italiana
  8. Koenig, Marlene (28 September 2008). "Royal Musings". Translation of Patmos Times article. Marlene Koenig. Retrieved 28 September 2008.
  9. Hubert Jedin, Konrad Repgen (1980). "The Code and Development of Canon Law to 1974". History of the Church: Volume X The Church in the Modern Age. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 171. ISBN 978-0-86012-090-2.
  10. CronacaQui (26 September 2008)
  11. Hola. 17 October 2008 La princess Olga de Grecia y el principe Aimone de Saboya Aosta esperan su primer hijo.
  12. Croce Reale. 16 October 2008. Regolo, Luciano. E alla fine il principe... (Italian) Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  13. 1 2 "Le nozze tra le LL.AA.RR. il Principe Aimone di Savoia e la Principessa Olga di Grecia". Sito Ufficiale della Casa di S.A.R. il Principe Amedeo, Duca di Savoia. Retrieved 28 September 2008.
  14. "Michel et Marina de Grece: Trente Ans de Bonheur". Point de Vue (in French): 17. 11 February 1995.
  15. (Italian) Official announcement from the site of the Royal House of Savoy.
  16. (Italian)
  17. Comunicato Stampa del 25 maggio 2011
  19. "Detronizzato Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia in favore del cugino". la Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno. 7 July 2006. Retrieved 19 August 2008.
Prince Aimone, Duke of Apulia
Born: 13 October 1967
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Duke of Aosta
Line of succession to the former Italian throne
with the Prince of Naples as Head of House
3rd position
Succeeded by
Prince Umberto of Savoy
First in line Line of succession to the former Italian throne
with the Duke of Aosta as Head of House
1st position
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