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Old 21-07-2017, 08:58
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In the 1860s the Regia Marina had a capital ship named King of Portugal. Does anyone know how a state came to name a ship after the king of another state? It seems very odd.
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Old 22-07-2017, 00:44
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Wasn't the Portuguese king of that era married to the daughter of Victor Emanuel?

To answer my own question: King Luís I of Portugal, (reigned 1861-89) was married to Princess Maria Pia of Savoy, daughter of Victor Emmanuel II (King of Italy 1861-1878).

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Old 23-07-2017, 08:31
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Wasn't the Portuguese king of that era married to the daughter of Victor Emanuel?

To answer my own question: King Luís I of Portugal, (reigned 1861-89) was married to Princess Maria Pia of Savoy, daughter of Victor Emmanuel II (King of Italy 1861-1878).
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He certainly was, but it seems a poor reason for naming a navy ship (and a capital ship, at that) after the king of another country. Queen Victoria made Kaiser Bill an admiral in the Royal Navy but there never was an HMS Kaiser Wilhelm - and I don't think the RN would have been happy to have one.

I don't know of any especially close political ties between Italy and Portugal at the time, and I still think this is very odd.
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