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Victor Emmanuel of Piedmont becomes King of the Two Sicilies essentially completing the unification of modern Italy

Victor Emmanuel II, detail
11/08/1860
In a ceremony in the throne room of the royal palace in Naples, the results of the recent plebiscite were confirmed and the throne of Sicily and Naples was officially conferred on Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont-Sardinia. Despite the somewhat strained relationship between the two major forces behind this virtual unification of Italy, Giuseppe Garibaldi loyally resigned all his offices at the ceremony and retired to private life on the island of Caprera. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
G.M. Trevelyan, Garibaldi and the Thousand, May 1860 (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1916), 284. 

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