September 26, 2018

A Royal Visit to Little Italy (Part 2)

The statue of San Gennaro with the Cross of the
Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George
HRH Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro, and the Royal Family visit the 92nd Annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy, New York and decorate the statue with the Cross of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George. (See part 1)
HRH Princess Maria Carolina, Duchess of Calabria and Palermo, and HRH Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies bestow the Cross of the Order upon the statue
After the solemn ceremony, the Royal Family were given an extensive tour of Most Precious Blood Church (113 Baxter St.), the National Shrine of San Gennaro
(Above & below) A French television film crew were documenting
the Royal Family's visit to New York City
In addition to the incredible collection of southern Italian religious artifacts, they were shown the major renovations taking place in the church basement
Photo courtesy of Andrew Giordano
Afterward, we stopped by Song' e Napule for some authentic
Neapolitan Pizza and to say hi to our pal Ciro Iovine
Ciro personally serves the Duke one of his delicious masterpieces
The Prince approves
Ciro shares his joy and excitement with French Television
After lunch, the Prince discovers his family's coat-of-arms
emblazoned on t-shirts at E. Rossi & Co. (193 Grand St.)
A surprised and delighted Ernie Rossi greets the Duke
Prince Charles happily autographs a couple of shirts for Ernie
The Duke jokingly inquired about the royalties 
The Duke's autograph