Duchess Mathilde Ludovika in Bavaria

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Princess Mathilde Ludovika
Countess of Trani
Prinzessin Mathilde.jpg
Spouse Prince Louis, Count of Trani
Issue Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
House House of Wittelsbach
House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Father Maximilian Joseph, Duke in Bavaria
Mother Princess Ludovika of Bavaria
Born (1843-09-30)30 September 1843
Possenhofen, Kingdom of Bavaria
Died 18 June 1925(1925-06-18) (aged 81)
Munich, Germany
Religion Roman Catholic

Mathilde Ludovika, Duchess in Bavaria (30 September 1843 – 18 June 1925) was the fourth daughter of Maximilian, Duke in Bavaria and Princess Ludovika of Bavaria. Her mother was the youngest daughter King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria by his second wife Margravine Karoline of Baden.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised at Possenhofen Castle, Mathilde was a younger sister of (among others) Duke Karl-Theodor in Bavaria, Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria and Duchess Marie Sophie in Bavaria. She was an older sister of (among others) Duchess Sophie in Bavaria.

Marriage & Family[edit]

On 5 June 1861, Mathilde married Lodovico, Count of Trani. He was Heir Presumptive to his older half-brother Francis II of the Two Sicilies. Francis was married to her older sister Marie Sophie. The bride was seventeen years old and the groom was twenty-two. They had a single daughter:

Two Sicilies Revolution[edit]

However the Two Sicilies were conquered by the Expedition of the Thousand under Giuseppe Garibaldi in 1861. Garibaldi served the Kingdom of Sardinia which was in the process of Italian unification.

Lodovico was still the heir of Francis as head of a deposed Royal House. He retained this position for the rest of his life but predeceased Francis on 8 June 1886. Francis was eventually succeeded by their younger brother Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta. Mathilde survived her husband by thirty-nine years but never remarried.

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 30 September 1843 – 5 June 1861: Her Royal Highness Duchess Mathilde Ludovika in Bavaria
  • 5 June 1861 – 8 June 1886: Her Royal Highness The Countess of Trani, Princess of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess in Bavaria
  • 8 June 1886 – 18 June 1925: Her Royal Highness The Dowager Countess of Trani, Princess of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess in Bavaria

Ancestry[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • "The Book of Kings: A Royal Genealogy" by C. Arnold McNaughton.

External links[edit]

Media related to Duchess Mathilde Ludovika in Bavaria at Wikimedia Commons