Prince Emanuele Filiberto And Clotilde Courau: News-Pictures 1: May 2003-Sept 2004


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I read in some of the photos "girlfriend" and in others "fiancee". I cannot imagine that they are engaged as she has appeared sans a top in a couple of photos. :huh: :blink: :shock:
 
Not a problem. Sometimes these news agencies like to make more out of something than there really is. ;)
 
I agree with you Fireweaver! He definitely looks much more comfortable wearing casual dress! :p

Thanks for the pictures Josephine!
 

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From Hello magazine, I was unable to find a profile of Emauele Filiberto specifically, but here is some info on his family.

Exhiled Italian Royals Plan Further Visits Home in 2003

6 JANUARY 2003
Victor Emmanuel of Savoy has been relaxing at home in Switzerland after his first trip to Italy in 56 years. And the exiled Italian royal, who said arriving in Rome was "the best Christmas gift I could have received," has promised to make a more lengthy visit to his home country next month.

Whether the Italian people will greet the homecoming with enthusiasm remains to be seen, although the former royal family's right to return – albeit as laypeople – to their country is now widely accepted.

The family's reign came to an end after World War II when Italy voted for the formation of a republic and all male heirs of the house of Savoy were banned from Italian soil.

Victor's grandfather, King Victor Emmanuel III, had been condemned for collaborating with Benito Mussolini's anti-semitic race laws and the family went into exile in 1946. The parliament overturned the ban last year, though there is no possibility of the Savoys returning as a monarchy. Victor Emmanuel has renounced all claim to the throne and recognised the "incontrovertible reality" of the republic.

But though their titles may be gone, the family's celebrity endures, as Victor Emmanuel's son Emmanuel Filiberto will no doubt find out. The blond-haired financier is already a celebrity in Italy despite the fact that last month's visit was his first ever trip to the country. The 30-year-old, who is a passionate Juventas fan, has appeared on football discussion programmes and even popped up in an advertisement for olives in which he told consumers they could "feel like a king".

www.hello.com - Getting their Italian passports.

www.hello.com - Father and son
 

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Thanks Alexandra for the fill in. Emanuele Filiberto is so cute though. Too bad he can't be king.
 

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www.ibl.se Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy with his father Victor Emmanuel and mother Marina, Princes Michel and Serge of Yugoslavia 03/23/2002. Memorial service for last Italian Kings at de Hautecombe Abbey © Alain Morvan / Gamma 714252

www.ibl.se Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy, Princes Serge and Michel of Yugoslavia 03/23/2002. Memorial service for last Italian Kings at de Hautecombe Abbey © Alain Morvan / Gamma 714252

Oh, I forgot to add- Thanks Josefine for starting this thread and adding all this wonderful pictures!! B)
 

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It's now official: they will marry! We don't where and when, but congratulations to both them!
 
Rex Features - Homepage

AUG 2003 - PRINCE EMANUELE FILIBERTO DI SAVOIA AND FIANCEE CLOTILDE COURAU WITH HIS FATHER, VITTORIO EMANUELE AND JEWELLER FAWAZ ON SUMMER HOLIDAY ON YACHT OFF SARDINIA, ITALY.
 

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thank you Brenda, do you think there will be any royal guests at the wedding?
 
Hello, Josefine :). I think that there will be royals at their wedding actually because I saw in an article that they plan to have a traditional wedding. It was from a web translation though, so I hope I did interpret it correctly. It also appeared to mention that they're getting married in October, yay, if so another royal wedding :clap:. Also, I've seen somewhere that Emanuele considers marriage to be very important in his life, so if he is at all that romantic, I'm quite sure that he would choose to have that kind of wedding.
 
Originally posted by Brenda@Aug 16th, 2003 - 4:08 am
Hello, Josefine :). I think that there will be royals at their wedding actually because I saw in an article that they plan to have a traditional wedding. It was from a web translation though, so I hope I did interpret it correctly. It also appeared to mention that they're getting married in October, yay, if so another royal wedding :clap:. Also, I've seen somewhere that Emanuele considers marriage to be very important in his life, so if he is at all that romantic, I'm quite sure that he would choose to have that kind of wedding.
thanks for the info

so she may have a bit of a belly at the wedding
 
Originally posted by Josefine@Aug 21st, 2003 - 10:10 am
thanks for the info

so she may have a bit of a belly at the wedding
I think, Josefine, that she shouldn't look exactly like a twig if they get married before she has the baby. I saw an Italian article that appeared to mention that their wedding is in September instead, so, hmmmm....I guess eventually is actually when they're getting married....lol
 
Here's a pic of Clotilde's engagement ring.
Picture from IBL
Many, many thanks to Xicamaluca for alerting us that there were actual pics of the ring available :)
 

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Another pic from the ring ;)
 

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from Telegraph.co.uk

Heir to Italian throne prepares for first royal wedding in 70 years


Marriage to a beautiful French actress could be a first step in ending Prince's exile. Charlotte Eagar meets him in Rome **

In Britain, they channel their energies into gardening and riding. In Holland, they travel by bicycle to prove that they are of the people. But, conforming to a national stereotype, the Italian royal family, exiled from their homeland for 60 years, prefer fast cars and beautiful women.

Emmanuele Filiberto, 30-year-old Prince of Venice, great-grandson of Italy's wartime King Vittorio Emmanuele III, and heir to the Italian throne had his family not been banished, races cars for Mitsubishi.

His fine-boned fiancee, the French actress Clothilde Courau, 34,will be six months pregnant when she walks up the aisle in Rome on Thursday to be married. In a very Italian way, nobody is sure how many people will turn up to a wedding only agreed upon last month. "Did we ask the Pope?" Emmanuele (as he likes to be called) asks his press officer.

"You can't invite the Pope to a wedding." "OK. Mainly I am inviting friends. I don't want this to be too royal. We have invited Silvio Berlusconi [the Italian Prime Minister]. He has not replied yet, but then I sent the invitations out only last week."

Short notice or not, until last year it would have been impossible for the couple, who met competing in a celebrity pentathlon in Monte Carlo three years ago, to be married in Rome. The House of Savoy, the former Italian royal family, had been banished since the monarchy was abolished by referendum after the Second World War. The king was considered by many Italians to have abandoned his people when he fled Rome in September 1943, after surrendering to the Allies.

However, the Italian parliament revoked the act of banishment last year. In December, for the first time in their lives, Emmanuele Filiberto and his father returned from exile in Switzerland. "It was incredible, coming back," he says. "I am Italian. I feel Italian but I never knew Italy until then.

"I am longing now to live in Italy, to discover Italy. Clothilde, the baby and I will discover Italy together. I want to raise my baby in Italy. I have citizenship now."

Ah yes. The baby. "At the beginning, my parents were quite shocked. We even had some arguments but they began to understand my point of view. They realised I was happy so they accepted the marriage.

"It would be a lie to say that the baby didn't make the decision to get married easier," he says. "People say [Clothilde] did it on purpose and so on, but today when you don't want to have a baby you don't have a baby." However, he does concede that it was "a surprise, but a wonderful surprise".

He wants the marriage celebrations (cocktails for about 2,000 guests, then a private dinner for 200 at the Roman palazzo of a long-term Savoy supporter) to be a "popular wedding". "It's a thank you for the Italian monarchists."

The last royal wedding in Italy was held in 1930, when Umberto II - Emmanuele's grandfather and the last king - married Maria Jose of Belgium. This time round, the Queen did not receive an invitation but the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles did. He likes the Prince very much. "I met him in Saudi Arabia," he says. "They are not coming but they both wrote lovely letters."

Holding the wedding in Italy is bound to attract hostile attention from anti-monarchists. Although the December visit was a quiet affair, - the family flew in, saw the Pope, and left again - the grand homecoming three months later did not go entirely smoothly. In Naples, where Prince Victor Emmanuel was born, and from where his family sailed into exile in 1946, noisy demonstrations were staged by two traditionally opposing factions: anti-monarchists on one hand, and supporters of the Bourbon Kings of Naples, whose family was deposed when Italy was united in 1861 under the House of Savoy. Emmanuele brushes the protests aside. "A big fuss was made, but actually there were only about 20 people against us. It was fine."

Italians believe that Emanuele is heir to a vast fortune running into hundreds of millions of pounds, most of which was accumulated through a Lloyds of London payout after the family took out insurance against losing the throne. It has forfeited its claims on its palaces and estates in Italy and is backtracking on its demands for the return of the crown jewels.

In general, the family do not seem to be hated in Italy - just not respected. Prince Victor Emmanuele's reputation has never recovered since he was accused of killing a German tourist who was shot in Corsica in 1978, even though the prince was cleared by a French court after spending 23 days in jail while the death was investigated.

Rumours abound about the family, mainly because they are unknown quantities to most Italians. Emmanuele, according to the chatter, is gay ("I would say so outright if I was, but I am not," he responds) and a bit dim. He is a consultant to a Swiss bank, but Italians are keen to know why he worked for three years as a commentator on an Italian football programme, broadcasting by satellite from Switzerland. His answer suggests that he is actually quite shrewd: "So [Italians] would know who I was: just a normal guy."

Do "normal guys" wear monogrammed ("EF"), striped shirts? In Italy, stylish ones do. And despite being brought up abroad, Emmanuele seems terribly Italian - in his clothes and his actions. He talks of settling down happily with Clothilde but seems reluctant to give up racing fast cars. He also admits that in December, when his bride is due to give birth, he will be at the jet ski world championships in Africa.

Clothilde is not happy with that. "I have tried everything to convince him not to do it," she says. "Every woman in the world will understand: being pregnant, your husband in Africa, on a jet ski, risking his life. And I'm going to be by myself, learning Italian, living in Rome. I hope I am not too stressed for the baby."

Emmanuele is currently based in Geneva, but he and Clothilde intend to live in Rome. He looks mildly shifty when asked if he plans to go into politics. "I don't think so, but maybe I will move into the humanitarian side." As for thrones, he shrugs. "We'll see. Italy has been a republic for 60 years. That doesn't mean I must forget who I am and the name I bear, but I must look forward."

Emmanuele was previously engaged to Natasha Geitling, an American who worked at Sotheby's. When he met Clothilde at the pentathlon, he had to do all the chasing. The star of 25 films, she has been twice nominated for a Cesar, France's answer to the Oscars. "We fenced against each other," he remembers. "I said, 'You really have the eye of the tiger'. And that started long months of running after her." Clothilde says that Emmanuele pressed hard for the marriage. "It's because I love him that I find myself in this situation." And she gestures at her bump.

"Everything is so new in my life now.You can't compare this" - she gestures again at the bump - "with being an actress. This is a life."
 
Intresting article Lyonnaise ... So those pregnancy rumours weren't rumours afterall!

... If I were Clothilde I would definitely put my foot down about the father of my baby being in another city (let alone country) while I was giving birth (let alone the part about risking his life). It's her first baby and first of all, not to have someone share that momentous occasion when your baby comes into the world is a pretty big deal. And of course, I would want my husband to know how incredulous the pain of childbirth is! :p

... Can anyone tell me what the Italian consensus on the wedding is? With Emanuelle marrying a French-born actress (rather than an Italian girl) and the wedding taking place at this particular time because she is pregnant? I know Italians are fairly traditional and if the Italian royal family ever (don't know if it is even a possibility) were to be welcomed back in their roles, this is surely no way to do it??? :unsure:
 
According to Point de Vue, she will be Princess Clotilde de Savoie. Here's the cover of last week's issue. I'm disappointed that they're calling her the New Grace Kelly. Sure they were both actresses and both married princes, but that's where the similarity ends in my opinion. I just don't see Clotilde having the same *wow* as Princess Grace.
 

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