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12 million Italians want the return of the monarchy

According to a survey published by the Istituto Piepoli about 12 million Italians, 15% of the population, are in favour of a return of the monarchy.

Because of this, His Royal Highness Prince Emmanuel of Savoy continues his fight for a new Italian monarchy. Last week, he spoke about his idea to establish the Italian monarchy in several Italians newspapers. Among them the Italian paper Mole24 who asked him in detail how his plan could work.

The words in some of Italy’s largest newspapers and TV stations last week read: “Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia is seriously considering the idea of founding a new monarchist party in Italy”.

Since last time the Prince stated that he wanted a new monarchy, he has gained much more support than he had expected. The Prince is now working on his initiative, which would result in the most significant monarchist movement in Italy for decades.

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The Prince of Savoy has in the past expressed support for the new government formed by the right-oriented Five Star League and has highly criticised many political parties in Italy for how the monarchy has been demonised over the last few decades. In an interview with the newspaper Libero, he also pointed out that his aim is that a new Italian king could simply take over all the current tasks for the Italian president.

Today it is the Italian Monarchist Union which is the leading monarchist party. The Italian Monarchist Union aim is to restore the monarchy in Italy. The UMI supports Prince Amedeo of Aosta as King of Italy. This is why Prince Emanuele calls for a new party which will help his claim as King of Italy.

Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy and Venice is a member of the House of Savoy and the son and heir of Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia. He is the only male-line grandson of Umberto II, the last King of Italy. He grew up as an exile from Italy, in accordance with the provision of the Italian constitution prohibiting the male issue of the Savoy Kings of Italy from entering or staying on Italian territory. He is also a second cousin of King Philippe of Belgium.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.