William III of Cattala

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King William III
His Grace
Portrait of King William
King of Cattala
Reign 1918 - 1940
Coronation 31 January 1918
Predecessor King Harold
Successor King Marco IV
Prince of Amosseri
Reign 1905 - 1918
Coronation 5 August 1905
Predecessor Prince Roger
Successor Principality Abolished
Consort Michelé of Seina
Issue
Princess Annabel
Crown Prince Bruno
Era name and dates
Restoration era: 1918 - 1940
House House of Celestine
Born 29 June 1884
Died 22 June 1940
Rome
Burial 12 September 1943
Celestine Cathedral
Religion Church of Cattala

King William III was the King of Cattala and Prince of Roumeli from the 31 January 1918 until his execution in 1940. He was the last monarch from the House of Celestine.

The grandson of Prince Amadeus, he was the first claimant to the deposed Crown to have lived his entire life under Italian repression. William expanded the Celestinian Army, founded by his father Prince Roger, as part of a militarisation campaign that was endorsed publicly by Lord Aston.

William is heralded as the main instigator of the Cattalian War of Independence, in which his army and royalist militias defeated the Italian Army and loyalist governments to restore William as the King of Cattala in February 1918. His subsequent reign saw democratic freedoms instigated by his father expanded across Cattala, and a greater shift of power from the Crown to Parliament.

In June 1940, Italy began bombings of Cattala's major cities and forced King William to abdicate and surrender. He did so, and attempted to evacuate his family to Britain. Their plane was shot down and captured by the Italian Navy and William was flown to Rome, where the whole family was executed by firing squad.

Early Life

Duke of Celestine

Prince of Amosseri

Aston and William worked closely together and were ideologically similar, with the former seen as a mentor to the Prince.

War of Independence

Reign

Second World War

Legacy