Princess Maria Beatrice of Savoy

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For the Duchess of Modena, Archduchess of Austria-Este and Jacobite heiress of the same name, see Maria Beatrice of Savoy.
Princess Maria Beatrice of Savoy
Spouse Luis Rafael Reyna-Corvalán y Dillon
Issue Rafael Reyna-Corvalán y de Saboya
Patrizio Reyna-Corvalán y de Saboya
Azaea Reyna-Corvalán y de Saboya
Full name
Maria Beatrice Elena Margherita Ludovica Caterina Ramona
House House of Savoy
Father Umberto II of Italy
Mother Princess Marie-José of Belgium
Born (1943-02-02) 2 February 1943 (age 72)
Naples, Italy
Italian Royal Family
Great coat of arms of the king of italy (1890-1946).svg

HRH The Prince of Naples
HRH The Princess of Naples

HRH Princess Maria Pia
HRH Princess Maria Gabriella
HRH Princess Maria Beatrice

Princess Maria Beatrice of Savoy (born 2 February 1943 in Naples, Italy) is the youngest daughter of Italy's last King, Umberto II, and his wife, Queen Marie José.


Born Principessa Maria Beatrice Elena Margherita Ludovica Caterina Romana di Savoia (English: Princess Mary Beatrice Helen Margaret Louise Catherine Ramona of Savoy), she was the third daughter as well as the fourth and last child of the Prince and Princess of Piedmont, known as "Titti" to family and friends. When she was three years old, her father ruled Italy as Umberto II for slightly over a month, from 9 May 1946 to 12 June 1946. The family was then exiled and briefly gathered in Portugal, where her parents decided to separate. She and her siblings went with their mother to Switzerland while their father remained in Portugal.

Marriage and children[edit]

Princess Maria Beatrice attempted to marry Italian actor Maurizio Arena in 1967 but was prevented by her family who filed a lawsuit claiming that she was mentally unfit to marry.[1][2] The lawsuit was dropped in early 1968 when the relationship ended.[3]

Titti married Luis Rafael Reyna-Corvalán y Dillon (born 18 April 1939 in Córdoba, Argentina - died 17 February 1999 in Cuernavaca, Mexico), son of Cesar Augusto Reyna-Corvalán and Amalia Maria Dillon Calvo, on 1 April 1970 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. They were also married in a religious ceremony on January 1971 in Córdoba, Argentina. The couple had three children:

  • Rafael Humberto Lupo Corvalán-Reyna y de Saboya (born 21 September 1970 in Mexico City, Mexico, died 29 April 1994 in Boston, Massachusetts), engaged in a relationship with Margaret Beatty Tyler (1966) with whom he had one daughter born posthumously :
    • Uriel Tyler (1994)[4]
  • Patrizio Corvalán-Reyna y de Saboya (1971-1971), died shortly after birth ;
  • Azaea Beatrice Corvalán-Reyna y de Saboya (born 11 November 1973 in New York City, USA), married Arturo Pando y Mundet (1973) in 1996 in Mexico. Now divorced and has one child :
    • Marie José Pando y Corvalán-Reyna (born 23 July 1996 in Mexico City, Mexico).

For some time, her mother lived with her and her children in Mexico.

Her eldest son died, aged 23, on 29 April 1994 in Boston, Massachusetts, falling from the terrace of the building where he lived.[5] As for her husband, he was murdered on 17 February 1999 in Cuernavaca, Mexico.



  1. ^ "Princess Won't Wed". The Spokesman-Review. November 14, 1967. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Love!". The Windsor Star. November 28, 1967. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Suit Withdrawn". Reading Eagle. January 14, 1968. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Roger Clark (1995-02-18). "CABBAGES & KINGS - Arts & Entertainment". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-12-10.