Princess Elisabeth of Saxony
|Elisabeth of Saxony|
|Duchess of Genoa
|Spouse||Ferdinand, Duke of Genoa
Niccolò, Marchese Rapallo
|Issue||Margherita, Queen of Italy
Thomas, Duke of Genoa
|House||House of Wettin
House of Savoy
|Father||John of Saxony|
|Mother||Amalie Auguste of Bavaria|
4 February 1830|
Dresden, Kingdom of Saxony
|Died||14 August 1912
Stresa, Piedmont, Kingdom of Italy
Elisabeth of Saxony (German: Prinzessin Elisabeth von Sachsen, Herzogin zu Sachsen; 4 February 1830 – 14 August 1912) was a Princess of Saxony who married the second son of the King of Sardinia. She was the mother of Margherita, Queen of Italy.
Early life and family
She was born in Dresden, capital of Saxony, as daughter of King John of Saxony and his wife Amalie Auguste of Bavaria. Her paternal grandparents were Prince Maximilian of Saxony and Carolina of Parma. Her maternal grandparents were King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria and Karoline of Baden.
Marriages and issue
On 22 April 1850, she married, in Dresden Cathedral, Prince Ferdinand, 1st Duke of Genoa, second son of King Charles Albert of Sardinia and Maria Theresa of Austria and Tuscany. Their marriage was a dynastic arrangement, and it was generally held to be loveless.
The couple had two children:
|Margherita of Savoy||Palazzo Chiablese, 1851||1926||married Umberto I of Italy; had issue|
|Thomas, 2nd Duke of Genoa||1854||1931||married Princess Isabella of Bavaria; had issue|
On 10 February 1855 her husband died in Turin, leaving Elizabeth a widow at the age of 25.
Before her first year of widowhood had ended, she remarried on 4 October 1856 with her chamberlain Niccolò, Marchese Rapallo. They married secretly, before her period of official mourning was over. This act so infuritated her brother-in-law Victor Emmanuel II of Italy that he ordered her into virtual exile and disallowed her from seeing her two children. They were later reunited however.
In 1882, her second husband committed suicide. Court gossip had often hinted that their marriage was unhappy, and his suicide added fuel to these stories. Elisabeth had no children from her second marriage.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Titles and styles
- 4 February 1830 – 22 April 1850: Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth of Saxony
- 22 April 1850 – 10 February 1855: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Genoa
- 10 February 1855 – 4 October 1856: Her Royal Highness The Dowager Duchess of Genoa
- 4 October 1856 – 27 November 1882: Her Royal Highness The Marchioness Rapallo
- 27 November 1882 – 14 August 1912: Her Royal Highness The Dowager Marchioness Rapallo
- "Margherita's Mother Dead", The New York Times (Rome), 15 August 1912