NFTs are getting a royal spin! Multimedia film director and artist Yi Zhou is launching the House of Savoy NFTs to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. Aside from the cultural heritage and rich history, this project marks the launch of the first-ever royal NFTs.
The House of Savoy is a royal dynasty tracing back its roots in the historical Savoy region way back 1003. Through its junior branch of Savoy-Carignano, it led the Italian unification in 1860 and ruled the Kingdom of Italy until 1946. So it’s exciting to see how Zhou will merge modern technology with cultural heritage.
Bow Down to the House of Savoy NFTs
Zhou’s initial launch consists of digital avatars of Queen Marie-José, the last queen of Italy. Marie-José married Prince Umberto of Italy in 1930. Her 34-day tenure as queen consort earned her the nickname “the May Queen”. According to Zhou, they chose her as the subject because “she has an interesting story that really intertwines with fighting fascism during WWII.”
The first roll-out includes portraits and avatars of the late Queen with future Metaverse utilities and interactions. Basically, players can visit a digital Quirinal Palace [former official residence of Italian monarchs] in addition to engaging with the avatars
Zhou’s team collaborated with the House of Savoy’s (non-reigning) descendent, Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, Prince of Venice. In addition, Zhou plans to donate a portion of the NFT sales proceeds to charities supported by the House of Savoy.
In terms of scope, Zhou teased that he plans to expand and “do a whole word” starting with Queen Marie-José. So tune in for the next phases!
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