Prince Thomas, Duke of Genoa
Prince Tommaso of Savoy, 2nd Duke of Genoa (Tommaso Alberto Vittorio; 6 February 1854 – 15 April 1931), also known as Thomas Albert Victor of Savoy, was an Italian royal prince, nephew of the King of Sardinia, who on 18 February 1861 became the first King of a united Italy. His cousin and brother-in-law Umberto I and his nephew Victor Emmanuel III became subsequent kings of Italy.
|Duke of Genoa|
|Duke of Genoa|
|Predecessor||Prince Ferdinand, 1st Duke|
|Successor||Prince Ferdinand, 3rd Duke|
|Born||6 February 1854|
Palazzo Chiablese, Turin, Kingdom of Sardinia
|Died||15 April 1931 (aged 77)|
Turin, Kingdom of Italy
|Spouse||Princess Isabella of Bavaria |
(m. 1883–1924; her death)
|Issue||Prince Ferdinando, 3rd Duke of Genoa|
Prince Filiberto, 4th Duke of Genoa
Princess Bona Margherita
Prince Adalberto, Duke of Bergamo
Prince Eugenio, 5th Duke of Genoa
|House||House of Savoy-Genoa|
|Father||Prince Ferdinand, 1st Duke of Genoa|
|Mother||Princess Elisabeth of Saxony|
Prince Thomas was born in Turin as the second child and only son of Prince Ferdinand of Savoy, 1st Duke of Genoa, the second son of Charles Albert, King of Sardinia (1798–1849, abdicated 1848) and his wife Maria Theresa of Austria-Tuscany (1801–55). Prince Thomas' mother was Princess Elisabeth of Saxony (1830–1912), daughter of King John I of Saxony (1801–73) and Princess Amalie of Bavaria (1801–77). Barely a year after his birth, on 10 February 1855, his father died and Prince Thomas inherited his title, becoming the 2nd Duke of Genoa. He was educated at Harrow.
With the accession of Victor Emmanuel II to the throne of Italy in 1861, Prince Tommaso, in common with all of the family members, became a prince of Italy.
During World War I the king, Victor Emanuel III, assumed the duties of Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and named the Duke of Genoa as Luogotenente, in which position he managed the civil affairs of the kingdom throughout the war.
Prince Thomas' elder sister Princess Margherita of Savoy-Genoa (1851–1926) married King Umberto I of Italy. Her only child was King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, who reigned starting from his father's murder in 1900.
Prince Thomas died in 1931, leaving six adult children. He was the last surviving grandchild of Charles Albert of Sardinia.
Family and childrenEdit
In 1883 at Nymphenburg, Bavaria, he was married to Princess Maria Isabella of Bavaria (1863–1924), the eldest daughter of the late Prince Adalbert of Bavaria (1828–1875) and Infanta Amalia of Spain (1834–1905), daughter of the Duke of Cadiz.
Their marriage produced the following children:
|Prince Ferdinando, 3rd Duke of Genoa and Prince of Udine||21 April 1884||24 June 1963||married Maria Luisa Alliaga Gandolfi dei conti di Ricaldone; no issue.|
|Prince Filiberto, 4th Duke of Genoa and Duke of Pistoia||10 March 1895||7 September 1990||married Princess Lydia von Arenberg; no issue.|
|Princess Maria Bona Margherita Albertina||1 August 1896||2 February 1971||married Prince Konrad of Bavaria; had issue.|
|Prince Adalberto, Duke of Bergamo||19 March 1898||15 December 1982||Italian general in WWII, no issue.|
|Princess Maria Adelaide Vittoria Amelia||25 April 1904||8 February 1979||married Leone Massimo, Prince of Arsoli (great-grandson of Princess Caroline of Naples and Sicily); had issue.|
|Prince Eugenio, 5th Duke of Genoa and Duke of Ancona||13 March 1906||8 December 1996||married Princess Lucia of Bourbon-Two Sicilies; had issue.|
|Ancestors of Prince Thomas, Duke of Genoa|
Ferdinand, 1st Duke of Genoa
| Duke of Genoa
Ferdinand, 3rd Duke of Genoa