Another European throne could fall into the hands of the next generation sooner rather than later.
Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy — also known as Italy’s prince of Venice — has announced that he will forgo his claim to the country’s crown when he abdicates.
The royal, 50, will pass the baton to his 19-year-old daughter, Princess Vittoria of Savoy, in the near future.
“I will, with great pleasure, step down and let her take on the role, which I’m sure she will do better than me,” he humbly told the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday.
“It won’t be tomorrow or in one year, but when she is ready. It’s important that the younger generation have a chance to put new, modern ideas into practice,” Filiberto added.
He also noted that young people are “much more conscious” about the world’s problems.
“It is important that she doesn’t become the heir at too late a stage in her life,” he said of his oldest child, who apparently will not have to wait in the wings for decades until her father dies in order to claim the throne — unlike the new leader of another country.
Filiberto notably mentioned the monarch of the United Kingdom, King Charles III, declaring that it “would have been helpful if” he had been sovereign 20 years prior.
Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy revealed on Wednesday that he would gladly step aside to let his daughter, Princess Vittoria, take the throne in the future.ABC News
Charles, 74, instantly became king following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, last September.
The land of gelato and the Leaning Tower of Pisa’s monarchy has a relatively short history, with the House of Savoy ruling from 1861 to 1946 when the country was still known as the Kingdom of Italy.
The Italian Republic then took over the state after World War II and the then-King, Victor Emmanuel III, renounced the crown in favor of his son, Umberto II.
The royal said he will officially step aside for his daughter “when she is ready.”ABC News
As for Vittoria, she has lived quite a charmed life with her younger sister, Luisa, 16.
Vittoria has a large following on social media, taking in more than 79,800 followers on her Instagram page, and she currently lives in the UK, where she studies art history and political science while modeling on the side.
She has even been covered in high-profile publications, including the French edition of Vanity Fair.
Princess Vittoria is 19 years old and is currently studying art history and politics in the United Kingdom. ABC News
When she becomes head of the Savoy House, she will be in charge of the family’s charities, which spent more than $1 million on projects last year.
Vittoria’s future ascension was made possible last year when the Salic Law was revoked.
The rule had stated that the Savoy’s line could only be given to male heirs. Vittoria’s grandfather Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, had amended it.