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Italy bids quiet farewell to Vittorio Emanuele

TOPSHOT - Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy kisses the coffin of his father, late Prince Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, following his funeral ceremony at the Duomo cathedral in Turin on February 10, 2024.
 Prince Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, son of Italy's last king and member of a dynasty discredited for collaborating with fascism, died in Switzerland on February 3, 2024 at 86.
TOPSHOT - Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy kisses the coffin of his father, late Prince Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, following his funeral ceremony at the Duomo cathedral in Turin on February 10, 2024. Prince Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, son of Italy's last king and member of a dynasty discredited for collaborating with fascism, died in Switzerland on February 3, 2024 at 86.
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Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral in the northern Italian city of Turin of Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, the only son of Italy's last king, who died last week aged 86. Among those present in the city's main cathedral were Prince Albert of Monaco and Spain's former Queen Sofia, while small groups of well-wishers braved the rain outside holding up placards with slogans such as "Safe Journey, Prince".


A message of condolence from Pope Francis was also read out but the service attracted only limited interest in Italy, reflecting the fact that Vittorio Emanuele lived much of his life in exile in Switzerland. - Reuters


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