CHAMBERY— It was a day marked by cultural and historical celebrations and by charitable activities to celebrate the visit to the Savoy Delegation of H.R.H. Prince Vittorio Emanuele Duke of Savoy and Prince of Naples, Grand Master of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy.
It was a long-awaited, deeply desired visit to the cradle of the Dynasty, where it all finds its origins, the centre of the life and greatness of the Royal House of Savoy for centuries.
Over 150 Dames, Knights and friends of the Dynastic Orders gathered in the magnificent setting of the Domaine des Saints-Perès in Montagnole.
After a history lecture held by the Delegate Prof. Bernard Demotz, the new members were introduced to H.R.H. the Grand Master.
The event provided an opportunity for the Delegation to show their charitable activities to the public, in particular the work done for the Bocage Foundation and the Diocese of Annecy.
Among its activities, the Delegation also made a donation in favour of the Conservatoire du Berger de Savoie, a non-profit association for the protection of the “berger”, a Savoyard dog breed in danger of extinction. This testifies to the significant importance TT.RR.HH. and the Dynastic Orders place on environmental issues.
The event was also attended by H.E. Msgr. Philippe Ballot, Archbishop of Chambéry, the Rev. Father Alain Fournier-Bidoz, representing the Bishop of Annecy, Dr. Michel Dantin, Mayor of Chambéry.
A welcome cocktail followed by a charity luncheon in the evocative setting of the place made this day unforgettable. It sealed and reinforced the historical ties and deep affection that have always bound the region of Savoy to the Royal Family.