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Old 11-14-2009, 05:16 PM
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I known there were some royal Italian families walking around but the I did not know there are more noble families wow I just learned something brand new thanks MAfan.
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Old 11-14-2009, 06:46 PM
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You're welcome!
In this site you can see a list of some of the most prominent noble families in Italy; as you can see, even in this list they are a lot!
It is also possible to register in the website, and see the genealogies of most of these listed families.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:57 PM
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It is also possible to register in the website, and see the genealogies of most of these listed families.
Is it? For me it has always been impossible. I have read that the site didn't respect some copyright rules and so the genealogies are now not avalable.
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Old 11-15-2009, 07:25 AM
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As far as I know, it is possible; some times ago, more or less 2 years ago, it was free, you could see the genealogies without the registration, but now...
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I know members of the royal house of Bourbon-Parma hold duke and count subtitles and also Two Siclies,and Savoy but other Italian royal or noble families I did not mention hold those type of subtitles too?
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Duke of Modena and Reggio

I have a question about Rinaldo d'Este, Duke of Modena
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rinaldo_d'Este
Why was he styled His Royal Highness? He was only a duke, his father wasn't a king. The previous duke of Modena, Francesco II was HH not HRH.
So why was Rinaldo HRH? Because he married Princess Charlotte of Brunswick-Lüneburg? But she was HSH before marriage.

8 March 1671 – 11 February 1696 Her Serene Highness Duchess Charlotte Felicity of Brunswick-Lüneburg
1 February 1696 – 29 September 1710 Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Modena and Reggio

So why was Rinaldo given HRH style?
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:13 PM
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It happened in the same period when also the Duke of Savoy and the Grand Duke of Tuscany were recognized by the Holy Roman Emperor as Royal Highnesses.
The title was given to Duke Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy in 1689 when he broke his alliance with France; then Grand Duke Cosimo III of Tuscany started complaining with all the European monarchs because the Duke of Savoy was recognized as Royal Highness, while he, a Grand Duke, wasn't, and repeatedly demanded to be recognized as Royal Highness too; finally in 1691 the Emperor granted him the style.

Back to the question, I don't know the answer for sure, but I can't help thinking that, when the Duke of Savoy and the Grand Duke of Tuscany were granted the Royal Highness style, also the Duke of Modena may have protested and demanded for the same style, and he may have obtained it (if the Emperor granted it to the other two, why not to him too?).
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It happened in the same period when also the Duke of Savoy and the Grand Duke of Tuscany were recognized by the Holy Roman Emperor as Royal Highnesses.
The title was given to Duke Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy in 1689 when he broke his alliance with France;
So the title of King of Cyprus and Jerusalem used sometimes by the Savoys was not recognized by others? Or maybe just by someone? Or were they Kings without being Majesties and Royal Highnesses?
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I don't think anyone really cared of these titles; too many people claimed (and still may claim) the title of King of Jerusalem; if all the claimant to that title were recognized as Royal Highnesses, also the Princes of La Tremoille in the past and now the Princes of Ligne-La Tremoille should be Royal Highnesses, but nobody acknowledged this style for them.
As for the King of Cyprus title, I really don't know how it was regarded by the other European Sovereigns.
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Here's some page about the Sicilian peerage: Best of Sicily - Noble Peers of Sicily
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Counts and Count Palatine.

I am new on here, but just replying on your messages about counts and count palatine in Italy. My family is from Italy. We do have a crest in our family which states that our family was of noble blood and already had the title of Count
(Conte) in Cingoli in the late 1700/early 1800's, but also the title of Count Palatine given by Pope Pius IX, in 1854,
I believe. Both titles were handed down to the first male child of the line, and so forth. So it is, or was, used in Italy until a certain time.

some info I've read:

8.4. Count-Palatine.
"Palatine" refers to extraordinary powers granted to a noble. The English word "palatine" means a region under the authority of a noble where the king's writ was suspended. While the noble owed allegience to the king (or Holy Roman Emperor), the holder of a palatine had absolute authority, including the right to grant titles of nobility, create knights, raise armies, coin money -- i.e., powers normally reserved to a sovereign. There were palatinates in British history, in both England and in Ireland, and could be given to either lords temporal or spiritual. There was a case of a "bishop-palatine"; Louis Epstein reports "the English Lords Bishop of Durham used to rule a 'county palatine'".
"The Palatinate", however, refers to the Rhineland Palatinate in Germany, or in German, "Rheinland-Pfalz" (as with the state in the modern Federal Republic of Germany). There was also the "Upper Palatinate", or "Oberpfalz".
The Counts-Palatine of the Rhineland Palatinate (in German, "Pfalzgraf, Pfalzgräfin"), were one of the premier noble houses of the Holy Roman Empire, and were electors, i.e., the Elector-Palatine.
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The Title " Princely Count" is indeed a greatly misunderstood title. Since I hold such title in the Holy Roman Empire { at this time an elitist club mostly of the Hapsburg Dynasty nobles and royals] I often find it hard to explain to those not familiar with HRE Titles. The circumstances of me being elevated to this title was to revive the long extinct Princely House of Ostein. I was asked if I would assume the duties, and took about a year to accept the title even knowing that it may take generations to get a princely family re-organized, recognized and socially accepted for just social recognition. It is a daunting challenge, by any measure. Since the House of Ostein went extinct since 1810, I asked how this would tie the Noble family of the Richters to that rank and title. It was decided to change the name of Princely House of Ostein to the Princely House of Richter. As I see it --it was they only logical way to re-invigorate a long extinct Princely House. I was told that the title of H.Ill.H. would make me a semi-soverign which was explained that for the time being that the title made me a " Cadet Prince" or one who must prove himself for full acceptance. It seemed like a fair approach to this unusual title and unusual situation. If the HRE Deit was to reconvine to select a new Emporer which has been vacant since Francis II abdicated in 1806 to become Emporer of Austria-- that I would not at this time have the electoral votes to cast, though with time may have them given by decree. I do have plans to ask surviving family members of defunct monarchies and those presently in suspension to come under the Princely House of Richter. This is going to be the challenge of a lifetime to put this together properly. Since I live in the USA I am so glad the internet can connect the mentioned parties by use of computer instead of flying all over the world to just ask if they are interested. For those that monitor the royal and noble lines , please try to understand the the HRE in my opinion is just a club and do not hope to force our existence into modern noble or royal ranks. I see it as a means to still hold the ancient families of Europe in a place of history and not of rule. I hope this helps explain the unusual tile of H.Ill. H. or Princely Count. It is indeed an unusual title and was seldom used.
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