Victor Emmanuel III of Italy

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Victor Emmanuel III (Italian: Vittorio Emanuele III; 11 November 1869 – 28 December 1947) was a member of the House of Savoy and King of Italy (29 July 1900 – 9 May 1946). In addition, he claimed the crowns of Ethiopia and Albania and claimed the titles Emperor of Ethiopia (1936–41) and King of Albania (1939–43) which were unrecognised by the Great Powers in 1937 and 1939, respectively. During his long reign, the Kingdom of Italy became involved in two World Wars. His reign also encompassed the birth, rise and fall of Italian Fascism.



Early years

Victor Emmanuel was born in Naples, Italy. He was the only child of Umberto I, King of Italy, and his consort, Princess Margherita of Savoy. Margherita was the daughter of the duke of Genoa.

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