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Offline Sara Araújo

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Umberto in his deathbed with his wife Marie Jose and children:

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Umberto with his mother in Alexandria, Egypt in 1947:

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Once I read that at the moment of his death, just a nurse was present in his room, if this is true, it's sad that his family wasn't present at that moment. :- (

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Candid of Maria Jose & Umberto


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"...Пусть он землю бережет родную, А любовь Катюша сбережет....". Grand Duchess Ekaterina Fyodorovna to Grand Duke Georgiy Alexandrovich. 1914

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Once I read that at the moment of his death, just a nurse was present in his room, if this is true, it's sad that his family wasn't present at that moment. :- (

Yes, it kind of feels odd that the entire family was there for his death. He was still in Cascais, right?
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Queen Elena remained attractive in old age. I wonder when the photo was taken ?

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I can't believe I've posted the same picture twice! :D

Here's the one with the Pope:



The picture with his mother was taken in Alexandria in 1947.
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Thanks ! It must not be easy for Umberto II to go back to Italy...but Vatican is a seperate country. Was he flown in ?

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He was in Geneva, Switzerland, he was transferred there from London just a few days before his death.

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Actually, he met the Pope in Lisbon in 1982.
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I didn't know that!  :D

Thanks for the information!  :)
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Thanks ! I didn't know that. Did Umberto II got to be buried in Italy ?

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Thanks ! I didn't know that. Did Umberto II got to be buried in Italy ?
Unfortunately (and shamely, I dare say) he didn't. Communists/Republicans didn't allow him to be buried in his homeland, despite his whole family, some Italian political personalities and even President Alessandro Pertini (who had been a socialist partisan during 1943-1945, and was President of the Italian Republic in when King Humbert died) asked for that at that time. Recently someone brought up again that question, but Communist/Republicans still do everything to prevent Humber II's burial in Italy; may be they still fear him even if he's dead...who knows...

King Humbert II and King Victor Emmanuel III (who's been buried in Alexandria of Egypt, where he died in 1947) deserve to rest in peace among their ancestors (King Victor Emmanuel II and King Humbert I) inside the Pantheon in Rome!

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At the very least, he should be able to be buried in Turin, where the Savoy family used to live. It is very mean to deny a person to be buried in his homeland. Guess maybe they will have to sue to the EU courts to force the Italian government to submit.

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Umberto and Maria Jose in exile in Cascais (Portugal), December 1948.