Elena of Montenegro

This page lists items in the database related to eminent Elena of Montenegro (b. Cetinje, Montenegro, 8 January 1873; d. Montpellier, France, 28 November 1952) who has been Queen of Italy from 1900 until 1946.

The Queen dedicated most of her life to the care of the most in need and of her families. She was an enthusiastic and dedicated student of Medicine and did not hesitate to help with the rescuers when, in 1908, Messina and Reggio Calabria were hit by a tsunami and a earthquake. Moreover, during the First World War not only she volunteered as a nurse but also thanks to the help of Queen Mother she strived to turn Quirinal Palace and Villa Margherita into hospitals. She financed charities to help poor mothers as well as people affected by tuberculosis and encephalitis, and veterans. Through many initiatives, she also promoted the training and continuing professional development of doctors and the research against polio, Parkinson's disease and against cancer, in particular. Pope Pius XI 15 April 1937 awarded her the Golden Rose of Christianity while the Pope Pius XII called her "Lady of Charity beneficial".1


  • Photos and main text by Anna Scarabosio moc.liamg|annaoisobaracs#| and Giulia Avola ti.oiligriv|alovaailuig#| (January 2016)



  • Cristina Siccardi, "Elena. La regina mai dimenticata" , Paoline Editoriale Libri, Milano 1996, pp. 156-182

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