Countess Maria Draskovich of Trakostjan

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Countess Maria Draskovich von Trakostjan
Duchess of Bavaria, Jacobite consort
Born (1904-03-08)8 March 1904
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Died 10 June 1969(1969-06-10) (aged 65)
Wildbad Kreuth, West Germany
Spouse Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria
Issue Princess Marie Gabrielle
Princess Marie Charlotte
Franz, Duke of Bavaria
Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria
Full name
German: Maria Franziska Juliana Johanna
House House of Draskovich von Trakostjan
Father Count Dionys Maria Draskovich von Trakostjan
Mother Princess Juliana Rose von Montenuovo

Countess Maria Draskovich von Trakostjan (8 March 1904 – 10 June 1969) was the first wife of Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria, head of the House of Wittelsbach and claimant to the abolished throne of the Kingdom of Bavaria from 1955 to 1969,[1] as well as the Jacobite pretender to the English throne.

For Wittelsbach loyalists, she was the rightful Queen Consort of Bavaria from 1955 until her death, and for Jacobites, she was also the rightful Queen Consort of England, Scotland, Ireland and France during the same period.

Early life[edit]

Countess Maria Franziska Juliana Johanna (known as Marita) Draskovich von Trakostjan was born at Vienna, Austria-Hungary on 8 March 1904. She was the only daughter of the former Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Chamberlain Count Dionys Maria Draskovich von Trakostjan and his wife, Princess Juliana von Montenuovo.[1][2] Her father was also a member of the Hungarian House of Magnates and of the Croatian Landtag.[1] He had inherited the Croatian estates of Güssing in Eisenburg and of Velikibukovecz in Kreutz.[1]

Her family, the Draskovich von Trakostjan (Drašković Trakošćanski in Croatian), belonged to the old Croatian nobility of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Through her mother she was a descendant of Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria, by her second marriage to Adam Albert, Count von Neipperg; Marie Louise was the Empress consort of Napoleon I of France from 1810 to 1814 and reigning Duchess of Parma in her own right from 1814 to her death. Through her father, Maria was a descendant of the infamous Hungarian Countess Elisabeth Bathory.

Marriage and family[edit]

Countess Marie married on 3 September 1930 in Berchtesgaden, Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria, son of Rupprecht, Crown Prince of Bavaria and his first wife, Duchess Marie Gabrielle in Bavaria and grandson of Ludwig III, last king of Bavaria.[2]

They had four children:[1]

  • Princess Marie Gabrielle Antonia José (born 1931). Married Georg, Prince von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (born 1928) and they have six children:
    • Countess Walburga von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (born 1958).
    • Countess Gabriele von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (born 1959).
    • Countess Monika von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (born 1961).
    • Erich, Hereditary Count von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (born 1962).
    • Countess Adelheid of Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (born 1964).
    • Countess Elisabeth von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (born 1966).
  • Princess Marie Charlotte Juliana (born 1931, Gabrielle's twin). Married Paul, Prince von Quadt zu Wykradt und Isny (1930-2011) and they have four children:
    • Alexander, Prince von Quadt zu Wykradt und Isny (born 1958).
    • Countess Maria-Anna von Quadt zu Wykradt und Isny (born 1960).
    • Countess Georgina von Quadt zu Wykradt und Isny (born 1962).
    • Count Bertram von Quadt zu Wykradt und Isny (born 1966).
  • Franz, Duke of Bavaria (born 14 July 1933).
  • Max-Emanuel, Duke in Bavaria (born 1937), married the Swedish Countess Elisabeth Douglas (born 1940) and they have five daughters, who bear the titles Princess of Bavaria, Duchess in Bavaria.

She died in 1969 at the age of 65, her husband later married, secondly, in 1971 Countess Marie-Jenke Keglevich von Buzin. They had no issue.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 8 March 1904 – 3 September 1930: Countess Maria Draskovich von Trakostjan
  • 3 September 1930 – 2 August 1955: Her Royal Highness Princess Maria of Bavaria
  • 2 August 1955 – 10 June 1969: Her Royal Highness Maria, Duchess of Bavaria

Ancestry[edit]

Notes and sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XVI. "Haus Bayern". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2001, p. 5 (German). ISBN 9783798008243.
  2. ^ a b C. Arnold McNaughton, The Book of Kings: A Royal Genealogy, in 3 volumes (London, U.K.: Garnstone Press, 1973), volume 1, page 471. Hereinafter cited as The Book of Kings.

Sources[edit]

Countess Maria Draskovich of Trakostjan
Born: 8 March 1904 Died: 10 June 1969
Titles in pretence
Vacant
Title last held by
Antonia of Luxembourg
— TITULAR —
Queen consort of Bavaria
2 August 1955 – 10 June 1969
Vacant
Title next held by
Countess Marie-Jenke Keglevich von Buzin
— TITULAR —
Queen consort of England
Queen consort of Ireland

2 August 1955 – 10 June 1969
Reason for succession failure:
Glorious revolution
— TITULAR —
Queen consort of Scots
2 August 1955 – 10 June 1969
Reason for succession failure:
Glorious revolution