It promises to be a long legal battle that i Royals of Savoy they are about to sue the Italian government. Object of the dispute i Crown Jewelsthe jewels of the royal family, a treasure made up of 6,732 diamonds and 2,000 pearls, of different sizes, mounted on necklaces, earrings, diadems and various brooches whose value could reach 500 million euros and which for 76 years have been kept in a vault of the Bank of Italy.
Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia and his sisters Maria Gabriella, Maria Pia and Maria Beatrice, children of the last King of Italy, Umberto II, have decided to put their hands on family jewelry and ask for it return. Today the mediation between Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, who came to represent the Piedmontese house and the lawyers of the Bank of Italy, the lawyers Marco Di Pietropaolo and Olina Capolino, ended however with a stalemate.
Thus the House of Savoy is preparing for civil summons from the state and the restitution, as stated in the pec sent by the lawyer Sergio Orlandi – lawyer of Prince Vittorio Emanuele and of the princesses Maria Gabriella, Maria Pia and Maria Beatrice, heirs of Umberto II – to the presidency of the Council, to the Ministry of Economy and to the Bank of Italy, which CorSera has examined, should take place within ten days.
«With reference to jewels, to all personal and personal movable property Savoy family, deposited by the King of Italy Umberto II with the Bank of Italy, so that the custody and the supervision necessary for conservation for the purposes of restitution could be ensured. The Bank of Italy, in the person of its Governor, is kindly requested to provide, within 10 days of receipt of this letter, for the return of the aforementioned, also granting its contextual vision, having the heirs themselves the full right “(…) “That the jewels remained locked in a Bank of Italy vault is something ridiculous. If we get them back, we will have them exhibited »commented the prince at the end of the meeting.
The Bank of Italy, as the two lawyers pointed out, does not have the availability to decide how to use the property since its function is only that of keeper of the jewels, given to him by the last king of Italy, Umberto II, in June 1946.
Because the Savoy jewels are in Rome
The question that arose around the crown jewels of the Savoy family dates back to 5 June 1946, three days after the referendum with which Italy had chosen that the institutional form of the state would be the republic and no longer the monarchy.
As reported by Il Post, “that day the president of the Council of Ministers, Alcide De Gasperi, asked the outgoing king Umberto II to deliver the Crown jewels that were kept in a safe in the Quirinal palace, until then the official residence of the royal family. “. It was the Albertine Statute that provided that the Crown Jewels were given “endowment” to the kings for the fulfillment of their functions, but not as personal property. It was then up to Umberto II to deliver the jewels to the lawyer Falcone Lucifero, then Minister of the Royal House, who in turn took them to the then governor of the Bank of Italy Luigi Einaudi who placed the jewels in a small black leather case in a vault of the headquarters of the Bank of Italy in via Nazionale, in Rome.
The controversy arose because in the minutes testifying the delivery of the jewels to the Bank of Italy on June 5, 1946, it was stated that must be kept and “kept at the disposal of those who have the right”. The civil trial which will start on the initiative of the Savoy family will therefore have to ascertain the ownership of the jewels since with the birth of the Republic all the assets of the royal family were confiscated by the Italian State.
A curiosity: in 76 years of custody in the Bank of Italy vault, the jewels were viewed only once, in 1976, to subject them to control and cataloging, made by the Bulgari jewelry company, which valued the jewels around 2 billion lire (approximately 18 million euros currently).