The Associated Press is reporting that German troops have "shelled and seized Rome, its vital railway system and airfield belt." The troops have also "assumed protection of Vatican City, according to a Berlin radio announcement.
The Italian government and members of the Royal Family have fled the capital. German broadcasters have stated that King Vittorio Emanuele has abdicated in favor of his son, Crown Prince Umberto, but Italian sources state that the king has not abdicated.
German sources state that the Italian armed forces exist no longer," having surrendered to the Germans.
The whereabouts of the King and royal family are not known at this time.