Aimone Roberto of Savoy-Aosta


Aimone Roberto of Savoy-Aosta

Turin, Città Metropolitana di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Death 29 Jan 1948 (aged 47)
Buenos Aires, Capital Federal, Argentina
Burial Superga, Città Metropolitana di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Memorial ID 61569675 View Source
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HRH Prince Aimone, The Duke of Aosta
and The Duke of Spoleto
King of Croatia (as Tomislav II, 1941-1943)

Royal House of Savoy

Second son of HRH Prince Emanuele Filiberto, 2nd Duke of Aosta, and Princess Hélène d'Orléans.

Paternal grandson of HRH Prince Amadeo of Savoy, 1st Duke of Aosta and Maria Vittoria del Pozzo della Cisterna.

Maternal grandson of Prince Philippe, Count of Paris, and Infanta Maria Isabel of Spain.

Prince Aimone, 4th Duke of Aosta - Aimone Roberto Margherita Maria Giuseppe Torino; was a prince of Italy's reigning House of Savoy and an officer of the Royal Italian Navy. The second son of Prince Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta he was granted the title Duke of Spoleto on 22 September 1904. He inherited the title Duke of Aosta on 3 March 1942 following the death of his brother Prince Amedeo, in a British prisoner of war camp in Nairobi.

From 18 May 1941 to 31 July 1943 he was designated king of the Independent State of Croatia (Croatian: Nezavisna Država Hrvatska, NDH) though he never ruled there. He formally accepted the position and took the name Tomislav II, after the first Croatian king. Later however he refused to assume the kingship in protest at the Italian annexation of the Dalmatia region, and is therefore referred to in some sources as king designate.

Regardless, many sources refer to him as Tomislav II King of Croatia and the nominal head of the NDH during its first two years (1941–1943). After the dismissal of Mussolini on 25 July 1943, the prince abdicated on 31 July as king on the orders of Victor Emmanuel III.

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