Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Duke of Genoa dead at 77


April 15, 1931

Prince Tomasso Alberto Vittorio of Savoy, Duke of Genoa died tonight at 10:30 p.m. He was 77 years old, and had been suffering from arteriosclerosis for "several months," according to the New York Times obituary. He was an uncle of King Vittorio Emanuele.

Prince Udine, the Duke and Duchess of Pistoia, the Duke of Ancona, the Duke of Bergamo and other members of the Italian royal family were at the duke's bedside when "the end came."

He was doubly related to the king. His father was the brother of King Vittorio Emanuele's grandfather, and his sister, was Queen Margherita, who was the present king's mother.

Prince Tomasso was born in Turin on February 6, 1854. He succeeded as duke of Genoa a year later, when his father died on February 10, 1855. On April 14, 1883, he married Princess Elisabeth of Bavaria, who grew up at Schloss Nymphenburg, "where the wedding was celebrated." She died in 1924 at the age of 61.

The Duke of Genoa last visited the USA in 1917 as a representative of the king.
He is survived by four sons and two daughters. The eldest son, Prince Udine, succeeds as Duke of Genoa.

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