Villa Reale

Margherita di Savoia

Margherita is the daughter of Elisabeth of Saxony and the Duke of Genoa, Ferdinando, younger brother of Vittorio Emanuele II. In 1868 Margherita married the cousin Umberto I of Savoia when she was not even eighteen years old yet. Despite his young age, she had what it takes to be a perfect queen; she was blonde and had a noble and proud face; she received an impeccable education and was proud and aware of her institutional role. In 1878 Margherita became the first queen of Italy, since Vittorio Emanuele was already widower at the times of the country unification under Savoia. A refined woman, with a strong taste of theatricality but at the same time a really simple and charming person, especially with her people, Margherita immediately became the symbol of the unified monarchy itself. She was a culture lover and extremely elegant protagonist of the balls at the Quirinale; she also dedicated a big part of her life to charities, arts and culture improvement as well as to the foundation of cultural institutions (Società del Quartetto).

Intellectuals loved her and thus wanted to be part of her intellectual circle; also singers sang her magnificence in their songs - Carducci weakened his firm republicanism thanks to her charming and even dedicated her some prose and poetry lines - even after the tragic attack in Monza, which will leave her a widow. She died in Bordighera in 1924.