Prince Ferdinand Pius, Duke of Calabria

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Prince Ferdinand Pius
Duke of Calabria
Ferdinando Pius.jpg
Head of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Reign 26 May 1934 – 7 January 1960
Predecessor Prince Alfonso
Successor Prince Ranieri
Infante Alfonso
disputed
Spouse Princess Maria Ludwiga Theresia of Bavaria
Issue Princess Maria Antonietta
Princess Maria Cristina
Prince Ruggiero Maria, Duke of Noto
Princess Barbara Maria
Princess Lucia, Duchess of Genoa
Princess Urraca Maria
Full name
Italian: Ferdinando Pio Maria
House House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Father Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta
Mother Princess Maria Antonietta of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Born (1869-07-25)25 July 1869
Rome, Italy
Died 7 January 1960(1960-01-07) (aged 90)
Lindau, Bavaria, Germany
Burial Filialkirche St. Peter und Paul, Rieden, Bavaria, Germany
Religion Catholic

Prince Ferdinand Pius (Ferdinando Pio Maria), Duke of Calabria (25 July 1869, Rome – 7 January 1960, Lindau), was head of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and pretender to the throne of the extinct Kingdom of the Two Sicilies from 1934 to 1960.

Family[edit]

Ferdinand was the eldest child and son of Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta and his wife Princess Maria Antonietta of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. He was a grandson of Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies and an elder brother of Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Maria Immaculata, Princess Johann Georg of Saxony, Maria Cristina, Archduchess Peter Ferdinand of Austria, Maria di Grazia, Princess Imperial of Brazil, Prince Ranieri, Duke of Castro, Prince Philip of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, and Prince Gabriel of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Ferdinand married Princess Maria Ludwiga Theresia of Bavaria, daughter of King Ludwig III of Bavaria on 31 May 1897. They had six children: Archived March 17, 2006 at the Wayback Machine [1].

Ferdinand and Maria lived for many years at Villa Amsee, Lindau. It was there that he died in 1960.

Following Ferdinand's death, the headship of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies was claimed by both his nephew Alfonso and his brother Ranieri. It remains disputed between the descendants of Alfonso and Ranieri today.

Honours[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

Prince Ferdinand Pius, Duke of Calabria
Cadet branch of the House of Bourbon
Born: 25 July 1869 Died: 7 January 1960
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta
— TITULAR —
King of the Two Sicilies
26 May 1934 – 7 January 1960
Reason for succession failure:
Italian Unification under the House of Savoy
Succeeded by
Disputed
Prince Ranieri, Duke of Castro or
Infante Alfonso, Duke of Calabria