Maria Cristina of Savoy

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Maria Cristina of Savoy
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Queen of the Two Sicilies
Consort 21 November 1832 – 31 January 1836
Spouse Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies
Issue Francis II of the Two Sicilies
Full name
Maria Cristina Carlotta Giuseppa Gaetana Efisia di Savoia
House House of Bourbon
House of Savoy
Father Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia
Mother Maria Teresa of Austria-Este
Born (1812-11-14)14 November 1812
Cagliari, Kingdom of Sardinia
Died 21 January 1836(1836-01-21) (aged 23)
Naples, Kingdom of Two Sicilies
Burial Basilica of Santa Chiara, Naples
Religion Roman Catholic

Maria Cristina of Savoy (Maria Cristina Carlotta Giuseppa Gaetana Efisia; 14 November 1812 – 21 January 1836) was the first Queen consort of Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies. She died as a result of childbirth.

Family[edit]

Maria Cristina was the youngest daughter of King Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia and Archduchess Maria Teresa of Austria-Este.

Her maternal grandparents were Archduke Ferdinand of Austria-Este and Maria Beatrice Ricciarda d'Este. Ferdinand was the fourteenth child and third son born to Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor and Maria Theresa of Austria. Maria Beatrice was the eldest daughter of Ercole III d'Este and Maria Teresa Cybo-Malaspina, Duchess of Massa and Princess of Carrara.

Marriage[edit]

On 21 November 1832, Maria Cristina married Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies. The bride was twenty years old and the groom twenty-two.

Maria Cristina was described as beautiful but also timid and shy: modest and reserved, she was never comfortable at the royal court. Her relationship to Ferdinand was not happy, and he had little patience for her nervous modesty.

She died at the age of 23, after having given birth 5 days before to her only child:

Beatification[edit]

Blessed Maria Cristina of Savoy
Honored in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified January 25, 2014, Naples, Italy by Pope Francis
Feast 31 January

On 10 July 1872 she was declared to be a Servant of God, on 6 May 1937 a Venerable Servant of God, and on 3 May 2013 Pope Francis authorised a decree recognising a miracle due to her intercession, a further stage on her process to beatification.[1] Her Beatification took place on 25 January 2014 at the Basilica of Santa Chiara, where she is buried.

Ancestry[edit]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 14 November 1812 – 21 November 1832 Her Royal Highness Princess Maria Cristina of Savoy
  • 21 November 1832 – 21 January 1836 Her Majesty the Queen of the Two Sicilies

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vatican Information Press release accessed 3 May 2013.

Sources[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Italian Wikipedia.