Duke of Dino

Duke of Dino (Italian: Duca di Dino) was a noble title of the Kingdom of Naples, later the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

The title referred to the island of Dino in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off Praia a Mare in Calabria. It was created on 9 November 1815 by King Ferdinand for the French diplomat and statesman Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, in recognition of his service at the Congress of Vienna.

Talleyrand ceded the title to his nephew Edmond on 2 December 1817. To prevent the breakup of the estates, Edmond ceded the Dino property to his second son Alexandre (husband of Valentine de Sainte-Aldegonde), while his elder son Louis was styled Duke of Valençay and later inherited the Duchy of Sagan. Alexandre in turn ceded the property to his elder son Maurice. Alexandre and Maurice were styled Duke of Dino, but the transfer of the associated property within the family had no power to alter the order of succession according to the original patent. The senior descendant of Edmond was confirmed as Duke of Dino by the King of Italy in 1912, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies having ended in 1861 during the process of Italian unification.

The last male heir to the titles died in 1968. However, in 1975 exiled former King of Italy Umberto II issued a diploma confirming Manuel Gonzalez de Andia, Marquis of Villahermosa as Duke of Dino, with a remainder failing male issue to his elder daughter Maria Louisa and her husband. Manuel was the son of Luis Dreyfus y Gonzalez de Andia, Marquis of Villahermosa (son of Auguste Dreyfus by his second wife) and Félicie de Talleyrand-Périgord, sister of the last Duke. His daughter Maria Louisa assumed the title until her death in 2015, when it passed to her older surviving son, Javier de Villegas y Gonzalez de Andia.

Family tree of the Dukes of DinoEdit

Charles-Daniel de Talleyrand-Périgord
1734–1788
Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
1754–1838
1st Duke of Dino, 9 November 1815
Archambaud de Talleyrand-Périgord
1762–1838
Edmond de Talleyrand-Périgord
1787–1872
2nd Duke of Dino, 2 December 1817
Louis de Talleyrand-Périgord
1811–1898
de jure 3rd Duke of Dino
Alexandre de Talleyrand-Périgord
1813–1894
styled 3rd Duke of Dino,
1838
Boson de Talleyrand-Périgord
1832–1910
de jure 4th Duke of Dino
Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
1843–1917
styled 4th Duke of Dino,
25 June 1887
Archambaud de Talleyrand-Périgord
1845–1918
Hélie de Talleyrand-Périgord
1859–1937
5th Duke of Dino
confirmed by the King of Italy,
10 July 1912
Boson de Talleyrand-Périgord
1867–1952
6th Duke of Dino
Félicie de Talleyrand-Périgord
1878–1981
Hélie de Talleyrand-Périgord
1882–1968
7th Duke of Dino
Manuel Gonzalez de Andia
1909–2005
8th Duke of Dino
confirmed by ex-King of Italy,
15 December 1975
Maria Louisa Gonzalez de Andia
1932–2015[1]
9th Duchess of Dino
Javier de Villegas y Gonzalez de Andia
1961–
10th Duke of Dino

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ María Luisa González de Andía y Elío in: Esquelas en ABC (in Spanish) [retrieved 8 February 2016]