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Wikipedia notes that today, June 2, is the 60th anniversary of the referendum that abolished the Italian monarchy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birth_of_the_Italian_Republic

On a happier note, it is also the 53rd anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
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Oh, I agree. I would prefer a restoration of all the pre-1861 Italian states to the unified monarchy. But I prefer the unified monarchy to the unified republic.
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I had a discussion about this with my tour guide when I was on holiday with Rome and was suprised at just how negative his attitude to the old monarchy was. A lot of that, I think, is down to King Victor Emmanuel, who should have abdicated earlier. I think, if he had, his son might have been able to keep his throne.

 

Of course, a large responsibility also falls upon the current claimant, HRH The Prince of Naples, who is a boorish idiot.

 

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...which is one reason why some Italian monarchists have transferred their allegiance to his cousin Amadeo, Duke of Aosta.
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Isn't that the guy he punched at the wedding of the Prince of Asturias?

 

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Yes; Vittorio Emanuele punched Amadeo. Amadeo had given VE a friendly tap on the shoulder, which for some reason VE took as an insult, and sent his cousin hurtling into the lap of a surprised Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. Not exactly regal behavior.

Supposedly, King Juan Carlos was absolutely furious and vowed, "never again"--presumably meaning that VE should not expect to be included in future royal gatherings.
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My understanding is that HRH The Prince of Venice and Piedmont is far more popular than his father. Perhaps Italian monarchists would be better off focussing on him. There's no reason why they couldn't skip a generation. Just look at King Juan Carlos and his father, the late Count of Barcelona.

 

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Oh, I agree. I would prefer a restoration of all the pre-1861 Italian states to the unified monarchy. But I prefer the unified monarchy to the unified republic.

My very first official post on this forum :

 

I agree with you too, royalcello. It was especially dastardly what Vittore Immanuele II did to Pope Pius IX in taking away Rome and the Papal States from him. We have Masons like Garibaldi to thank for that too. Even today, you can see how the various regions of Italy are different. It seems in a way then ironic that such regions are unified in one nation. I suppose you could also say the same for some other European nations.   

 

 


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