MARCONI, ELETTRA
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Maria Elettra Elena Anna Marconi was born in July 1930 at the Villa Odescalchi, at Civitavecchia in Italy. She is the only daughter of Guglielmo and second wife, Maria Cristina Marconi. Elettra was christened Maria after the Virgin Mary, Elettra, at her father's will named after his famous yacht, Elena in honour of her godmother the Queen of Italy and Anna after her two grandmothers. On 30th July she was baptised by the future Pope Pius XII, then Cardinal Eugeni Pacelli.

Elettra grew up influenced by her father and the stories her mother recounted of his amazing life. Both Elettra and Maria Cristina witnessed Marconi's final experiments onboard his yacht. After Marconi's death, on Elettra's seventh birthday, Maria Cristina dedicated her life to her husband's memory. Elettra travelled the world with her mother at the invitation of many countries to commemorate and celebrate the genius and achievements of her father. Told how her character is similar to that of Marconi's, Elettra shares her father's love of music, art and nature and most significantly a passion for the sea.

Princess Elettra (title acquired on her marriage) likes to spend time with young people, talking about her father, to inspire them as he inspired her during her childhood. She has spent her life talking about Marconi, educating people about his achievements and about the man he was. With a personal interest in science, she loves to talk about Marconi's scientific achievements and convey Marconi's enthusiasm and perseverance he showed through his breakthrough experiments. She was told as a child by her famous father to try and try again, a positive message Princess Elettra tries to pass to the younger generation. Marconi's wish that his work would benefit mankind and be used for the good of the people is also her goal.

Elettra married Prince Giovanelli and has one son, Guglielmo born in 1967. After Maria Cristina died in 1994, Guglielmo has continued with the tradition of educating the world about his namesake and assists and accompanies his mother on their trips to talk about Marconi.

Princess Elettra and her son reside in Rome.






Images of people, places and artefacts.

MARCONI IN ILL HEALTH

MARCONI, MARIA CRISTINA AND DAUGHTER ELETTRA

MARCONI, MARIA CRISTINA AND ELETTRA



Archive footage of Marconi and the effects of his work.

MARCONI ON ELETTRA



A gallery of Marconi equipment and technology.

THE YACHT ELETTRA