Descendants of the last king of Italy have made their first formal request to reclaim the crown jewels, which for almost 76 years have been stashed in a treasure chest in a safety deposit box at the Bank of Italy amid a long-running mystery over their ownership. If the parties fail to reach a solution, the family will proceed with suing the state in their attempt to repossess the jewels, according to Corriere. Until now, the family had never taken any formal action to repossess the jewels over fears they might fuel a wave of resentment. It wasn’t until 2002 that the male descendants of the House of Savoy were allowed to reenter Italy. Before returning from exile in Switzerland in 2003, Vittorio Emanuele said he would not lay claim to the crown jewels, adding that “they are no longer ours”.
Source: The Guardian January 26, 2022 08:24 UTC