ITALY: Il Re Galantuomo

Twenty-five years ago, on July 29, the crack of an assassin's gun was heard in Rome: King Umberto had been murdered. Twenty-five years ago, on August 9, Prince Vittorio Emanuele was proclaimed King.

Not long ago, the King was reminded of the approach of his silver jubilee. On what day would he hold an official celebration? Certainly not on the anniversary of the death of his illustrious father. Not on August 9, for it is then too hot in Rome. But perhaps he would care to have it celebrated on May 24, the day...

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