Organization, roles, duties.

The Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy include the Supreme Order of the Most Holy Annunciation, the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, the Civil Order of Savoy and the Civil Merit of Savoy. They are governed by the Grand Master, assisted by the Great Offices and the Council. The Great Offices include the Grand Chancellor, the Grand Prior and the Grand Treasurer. The current Grand Master, His Royal Highness Prince Vittorio Emanuele, Duke of Savoy and Prince of Naples, Head of the Royal House, is also assisted by a Council, by a Heraldic Commission, and by the Junta for the Dynastic Orders and those of Knighthood.


His Royal Highness Prince Vittorio Emanuele, Duke of Savoy and Prince of Naples

The Grand Master is the Supreme Chief of the ODRCS. He governs and administers the Orders, assisted by the Great Offices (Grand Chancellor, Grand Treasurer, Grand Prior, Grand Master of Ceremonies), the Council and the Junta. The office of Grand Master coincides with that of Head of the Royal House of Savoy, so is held for life. The provisions of the Grand Master are final and without appeal and He alone may revoke them.
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Head of the Royal House of Italy
Grand Master of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House:
XXVIII Grand Master of the Supreme Order of the Most Holy Annunciation
XVII Grand Master of the Orders of the Saints Maurice and Lazarus
VI Grand Master of the Civil Order of Savoy

Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy was born in Naples on 12 February 1937 in the city’s Royal Palace, son of the Crown Prince Umberto of Savoy and Princess Maria José. Vittorio Emanuele Alberto, Carlo Teodoro Umberto Bonifacio Amedeo Damiano Bernardino Gennaro Maria is the only male son of the last King of Italy Umberto II and Queen Maria José.

The first years of his life were spent happily until World War II broke out and dragged Italy into a devastating experience. The Crown Princes spent a long time separated because of the military role of the Prince of Piedmont, so Vittorio Emanuele received an education suited to his role as Crown Prince of Italy. During the last stage of the war, the Princess of moved to Switzerland with her children to avoid the risk of Nazi reprisals. On returning to the Quirinale Palace in Rome they stayed close to Prince Umberto who became Lieutenant General of the King in 1944.

On 9 May 1946 King Vittorio Emanuele III abdicated and Umberto became the fourth King of Italy. King Umberto II and Queen Maria José stood on the balcony of the Quirinale Palace with small Vittorio Emanuele next to his father and sisters overlooking a huge, applauding crowd.
The hard moments lived with the institutional referendum weighed on young Vittorio Emanuele who, though still very young, remembers those heated days sadly.

Finally the painful farewell to the Homeland, leaving the Quirinale, when young Vittorio Emanuele, referring to the memory of the applauding crowd just a month earlier, said: “but first they applaud us and now they’re sending us away?".
Queen Maria José and the children left Naples. The battleship Duca degli Abruzzi, the same ship that took Vittorio Emanuele III and Queen Elena to Egypt, sailed at dawn on 6 June 1946. Umberto was to leave Italy on 13 June on board a four-engined plane. And his wave before the door closed is one of the most famous pictures of Italy’s recent history.

After a short stay in Portugal, the Queen and her son Vittorio Emanuele moved to Switzerland. The new life of the young Prince of Naples began here, supported by tutors and attending boarding school. The relationship with his father did not break, but the distance was felt and Vittorio Emanuele certainly missed a father figure.
While still a boy, Vittorio Emanuele fell in love with Marina Ricolfi Doria, swimming champion and daughter of an important entrepreneurial family of Italian origin living in Geneva. The bond was very strong and even now, after more than forty years, the Prince and Princess of Naples are very close.

Vittorio Emanuele built his profession thanks to international relations with many heads of state and government; promoting many prestigious middle-sized Italian companies wanting to distribute their products globally. He was a precursor of promoting Made in Italy.

In 1970 he married Marina Ricolfi Doria in Las Vegas. The marriage was consecrated in Tehran on 7 October 1971. The court of the Shah of Persia was always open to the Princes of Naples. The Shah was a great friend of Prince Vittorio Emanuele. Messages from King Umberto II were read during the ceremony and at the party held in the Castle of Merlinge the Queen awaited her son with a reception worthy of the Crown Prince.
Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Piedmont and Venice was born in 1972. He is the only child of the royal couple always very busy with the international activities of Vittorio Emanuele.

Since the death of King Umberto II in 1983, the Prince of Naples, Vittorio Emanuele has become Head of the House of Savoy, Head of the Royal House of Italy, and has dedicated himself with passion to the charity activities of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House.


His Royal Highness Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Piedmont, Prince of Venice

HRH Prince Emanuele Filiberto is the heir to the title of Head of the Royal House of Savoy and, as such, is qualified as Prince of Piedmont according to the House tradition. He is Chairman of A.I.C.O.D.S. (International Association of the Dynastic Orders of the House of Savoy) and is Chairman of the Council of Dynastic Orders so coordinates that forum, assists the Grand Master and the Grand Chancellor with the direction and governance of the Orders; his commitment is specifically dedicated to the charity works of the Orders themselves.


His Excellence Cav. SS. Annunziata Theo Niederhauser

The Grand Chancellor directs and regulates the activities of the Grand Chancellery and its Secretariat, countersigns the Grand Magisterium Deeds, handles the diplomatic relations of the ODRCS, legally represents the Orders and looks after and defends their public image and interests.


His Excellence Cav. Gr. Cr. Nicolas Gagnebin

The Grand Treasurer administers the finances of the Orders, supervises and handles accounts, controls and approves the balance sheet.


His Excellence Reverend Cav. Gr. Cr. Monsignor Paolo de Nicolò

The Grand Prior supervises all Christian aspects of the ODRCS, and the individual and collective morality of the Orders themselves.


HE. Cav. Gr. Cr. Prof. Alberto Bochicchio

The Grand Master of Ceremonies supervises all ceremonial and protocol aspects of the life of the ODRCS, and makes sure everyone upholds them.



His Royal Highness Emanuele Filiberto,
Prince of Piedmont, Prince of Venice


Cav. Gr. Cr. Co. Antonio d’Amelio – Vice Chairman
HSH Cav. Ord. Supr. Ss. Ann. Mariano Hugo Windisch Graetz
HSH Cav. Gr. Cr. Prince Don Alessandro Jacopo Boncompagni Ludovisi Altemps
Cav. Gr. Cr. Prof. Alberto Bochicchio
Cav. Gr. Cr. Nob. Giancarlo Melzi d’Eril dei Duchi di Lodi
Cav. Gr. Cr. Nob. Carlo Buffa dei Conti di Perrero – Honorary Member


HSH Cav. Gr. Cr. Don Alessandro Jacopo Boncompagni Ludovisi Altemps – President
Cav. Gr. Cr. Paolo Thaon di Revel Vandini – Secretary
Cav. Gr. Cr. Nob. Cav. Don Enrico Sanjust dei Baroni di Teulada
Comm. Mr Gualtiero Ventura
Cav. Uff. Comm. Federico Pizzi

The Orders have Italian and Foreign Delegations.
The Grand Magisterium of the Dynastic Orders and the Grand Chancellery is in Geneva.

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