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ROYAL FAMILY

Madeleine made to wait for royal wedding

Sweden's Princess Madeleine, third in line to the Swedish throne, will have to wait before tying the knot to her beau Jonas Bergström, Queen Silvia confirmed on Tuesday, according to the Aftonbladet tabloid.

Madeleine made to wait for royal wedding

When the couple became engaged last autumn, it was made clear that the wedding would be delayed until after elder sister Crown Princess Victoria had been married to Daniel Westling. The Crown Princess’ high profile wedding takes place on June 19th in Stockholm.

Jonas Bergström told news agency TT when announcing the couple’s engagement that their wedding was planned for the late autumn or during the winter of 2010.

But it has now been made clear that the couple will in fact not take their nuptials this year, amid widespread Swedish media reports that indicate that couple are going through a rough patch in their relationship.

“Unfortunately, there will be no wedding this year. It goes without saying that there is a lot going on right now… I think that Madeleine has the right to a quiet time at her own wedding,” Queen Silvia told the newspaper.

The announcement in August 2009 that Madeleine was due to follow Victoria down the aisle took many royal watchers in Sweden by surprise, coming so soon after her big sister’s announcement.

Princess Madeleine, who is 197th in line to the British throne through distant family links to Queen Victoria, and Jonas Bergström, who is a lawyer from the exclusive Stockholm suburb of Djursholm, have been together for eight years.

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HOLOCAUST

Italian king’s heir apologises for monarchy’s Holocaust role

A descendant of Italy's wartime King Victor Emmanuel III has apologised to the country's Jewish community for his ancestor's role in dictator Mussolini's racial laws and the Holocaust.

Italian king's heir apologises for monarchy's Holocaust role
An archival picture of the Italian royal family in 1938 . Photo: AFP

“I condemn the 1938 racial laws, all of whose weight I still feel on my shoulders to this day, and with me the whole royal house,” 48-year-old Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy said of his great-grandfather.

Victor Emmanuel III had put his signature to an “unacceptable document”, he added in a letter posted to Facebook, “officially apologising” in the name of his family.

Almost 8,000 Italian Jews were deported from the country and murdered in Nazi extermination camps, most of them in Auschwitz.

Giving a TV interview alongside the letter, Emanuele Filiberto also vaunted his family's positive role in Italian unification and granting of equal rights to Jews from 1848.

Several Italian royals were themselves deported to Nazi concentration camps, he recalled.

After the war, Victor Emmanuel III abdicated in May 1946 and died the following year in Egypt.

His son Humbert II reigned for only a month before leaving for Switzerland when Italians opted for a republican constitution in a referendum.

Parliament only ended a constitutional ban on the House of Savoy's male heirs returning to Italy in 2002, after Emanuele Filiberto and his father Vittorio Emanuele swore loyalty to the republic.

The two men gave up on compensation claims demanding 260 million euros for their family's exile and the return of the royal family's confiscated property after a public outcry.

Emanuele Filiberto is married to French actress Clotilde Courau.

 
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