Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta (born 1967)

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His Royal Highness
The Duke of Aosta
Aimone in 2020
Head of the Royal House of Italy
(disputed) and Duke of Aosta
Period 1 June 2021 – present
Predecessor Prince Amedeo
Heir apparent Prince Umberto
Born (1967-10-13) 13 October 1967 (age 56)
Florence, Italy
(m. 2008)
Issue Prince Umberto
Prince Amedeo
Princess Isabella
Full name
Aimone Umberto Emanuele Filiberto Luigi Amadeo Elena Maria Fiorenzo di Savoia-Aosta
House Savoy
Father Prince Amedeo, 5th Duke of Aosta
Mother Princess Claude of Orléans
Religion Roman Catholicism

Prince Aimone Umberto Emanuele Filiberto Luigi Amedeo Elena Maria Fiorenzo of Savoy-Aosta, Duke of Aosta (born 13 October 1967) is one of two claimants to be head of the House of Savoy. Since November 2019, he has served as the Ambassador of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to Russia.[1][2]

Education and career[edit]

Aimone was born in Florence the second child and only son of Prince Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta, Duke of Aosta and his first wife, Princess Claude of Orléans.[3] On his 15th birthday Prince Aimone was awarded the Supreme Order of the Santissima Annunziata, the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus , the Order of the Crown of Italy and the Civil Order of Savoy by King Umberto II of Italy.[4]

Aimone attended the Francesco Morosini Naval Military School and Bocconi University.[5][6] After he completed his education, Aimone worked at JPMorgan Chase in the United Kingdom. He also served a period in the Italian Navy's special forces.[5]

Beginning in 2000, Aimone was the president of Pirelli operations in Russia.[5][7][8][9] Since 2012, he has also served as CEO of Pirelli Tyre's Nordic division.[10] His contribution to deepening bilateral economic relations between Italy and Russia has been recognized by the authorities of both countries, by the appointment to the Order of Friendship of Russia and the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.[11]

Marriage and children[edit]

Aimone's engagement to Princess Olga of Greece, daughter of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark, was announced in May 2005. Olga and Aimone are second cousins; both being great-grandchildren of the French pretender Prince Jean, Duke of Guise. They are also second cousins-once-removed, as George I of Greece is Olga's patrilineal great-grandfather and Aimone's great-great-grandfather. Several falsely reported wedding dates marked what was to become a three-year engagement.[12][13][14] The couple finally wed on 16 September 2008 at the Italian embassy in Moscow, the city in which Aimone is employed. Their religious marriage took place on 27 September 2008 on the Greek island of Patmos.[15][16][17][18]

Aimone and Olga have three children, two sons and one daughter:[5]

Dynastic issues[edit]

From his birth, Aimone was known as Duke of Apulia (duca delle Puglie).

On 7 July 2006, Aimone's father, Prince Amedeo, Duke of Aosta, claimed the headship of the House of Savoy and the title Duke of Savoy, in opposition to his cousin Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples.[7][24] Amedeo defined Aimone as Duke of Aosta at that point.[25]

Upon the death of his father in 2021, Prince Aimone continuted his father's claim to the headship of the House of Savoy.

Titles and Styles

  • 13 October 1967-1987: His Royal Highness Prince Aimone of Savoy-Aosta
  • 1 June 2021:-present His Royal Highness The Duke of Aosta


  1. "Message of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. 22 November 2019.
  2. "Ambassador Order of Malta to Russian Federation Presents Letters of Credence". 24 November 2020. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  3. Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XV. "Haus Italien". C.A. Starke Verlag, 1997, pp. 36–39. (German). ISBN 9783798008144.
  4. Aimone di Savoia Casa Reale di Savoia
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Real Casa Savoia, Profile Official: S.A.R. Principe Aimone di Savoia Aosta. (Italian). Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  6. Aimone di Savoia: «La mia vita di Savoia, parente degli zar nella Russia di Putin» Corriere della Sera, 1 April 2019
  7. 7.0 7.1 Il Giornale. Allegra, Angelo. 27 April 2015. Ho voluto i Savoia in Italia e mio cugino me le ha suonate. (Italian). Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  8. "Aimone di Savoia-Aosta: «Per ora non alimento la polemica». Intanto è guerra di carte tra i Savoia" Corriere della Sera, 17 January 2020
  9. Warburton Simon (March 2016) "Pirelli Tyre Russia maintains staff despite crisis" Just Auto
  10. "Pirelli strengthens its presence in Nordic markets". 30 June 2012.
  11. "Cerimonia di consegna dell'Onorificenza ad Aimone di Savoia Aosta (Mosca, 13 giugno)". Italian embassy in Moscow. 14 June 2019.
  12. Meylan, Vincent (31 August 2005). "Le Plus Royal". Point de Vue (in French): 21.
  13. "Ils Sont Ensemble". Point de Vue (in French). 20 December 2006.
  14. (in French) Le gotha, le site officiel de Stéphane Bern
  15. Unione Monarchica Italiana Archived 2 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  16. Koenig, Marlene (28 September 2008). "Royal Musings". Translation of Patmos Times article. Marlene Koenig. Retrieved 28 September 2008.
  17. Hubert Jedin, Konrad Repgen (1980). "The Code and Development of Canon Law to 1974". History of the Church: Volume X The Church in the Modern Age. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 171. ISBN 978-0-86012-090-2.
  18. CronacaQui (26 September 2008)[permanent dead link]
  19. (in Italian) Official announcement from the site of the Royal House of Savoy.
  20. (in Italian) Archived 2 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  21. Comunicato Stampa del 25 maggio 2011
  22. "U.m.i. - Isabella: Una Nuova Principessa in Casa Savoia". Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  23. "Royal Musing". Archived from the original on 7 May 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  24. "The Telegraph".
  25. "Detronizzato Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia in favore del cugino" [Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy dethroned in favor of his cousin]. la Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno. 7 July 2006. Retrieved 3 June 2021.

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