Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Royal Baptism: Giovanna of Savoy

March 28, 1908

The infant daughter of King Vittorio Emanuele and Queen Elena was  baptised this morning in the Quirinal, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Princess Giovanna Elisabetta Antonia Romana Maria was born on November 13.  She is the fourth child of the Italian sovereigns.   The Princess's great-grandmother, the Duchess of Genoa, "stood as godmother," while Prince Franz Josef of Battenberg is the godfather.  He was represented by the Count of Turin, as he was unable to attend the ceremony.     Prince Franz Josef is married to Queen Elena's sister, Princess Anna of Montenegro.

The presence "of representatives of four generations" of the Italian royal family added to the "special interest to the ceremony."

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