Monday, February 24, 2014

Vittorio Emanuele frees prisoners in honor of new granddaughter

February 24, 1940

King Vittorio Emanuele has granted amnesty to "thousands of prisoners in Italy, the African possessions, and on the Dodecanese Islands," reports the Associated Press.  His decree is in celebration of the birth of a new granddaughter, Princess Maria Gabriella.

Crown Princess Marie José gave birth to her third child earlier today at Naples.  Both she and the eight pound 10 ounce daughter are reported to be "doing well.  This is the third child for the Crown Prince  Princess.   Maria Gabriella joins  Prince Vittorio Emanuele, 3, and 5-year-old, Princess Maria Pia.

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