Countess Maria Draskovich of Trakostjan

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Countess Maria Draskovich von Trakostjan
Duchess of Bavaria
Born(1904-03-08)8 March 1904
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Died10 June 1969(1969-06-10) (aged 65)
Wildbad Kreuth, West Germany
SpouseAlbrecht, Duke of Bavaria
IssuePrincess Marie Gabrielle
Princess Marie Charlotte
Franz, Duke of Bavaria
Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria
Full name
German: Maria Franziska Juliana Johanna
HouseHouse of Draskovich von Trakostjan
FatherCount Dionys Maria Draskovich von Trakostjan
MotherPrincess 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.[2] 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][3] 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, the last king of Bavaria.[3]

They had four children:[1]

  • Princess Marie Gabrielle Antonia José of Bavaria (born 30 May 1931 in Munich), married on 23 October 1957 in Munich, Georg, Prince von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (5 June 1928 in Würzburg — 2 December 2015 in Leutkirch im Allgäu), son of Erich, Prince von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg, and Princess Monika of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg. They had six children:
    • Countess Maria Walburga Monica Charlotte Matthaa von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (born 21 September 1958 in Ravensburg), married on 30 June 1986 in Leutkirch im Allgäu, Baron Carl von Lerchenfeld (born 25 April 1958 in Bamberg), son of Baron Maximilian Ludwig von Lerchenfeld and Countess Christina zu Castell-Castell. They have five children:
      • Baron Georg von Lerchenfeld (born 28 July 1987 in Kitzingen)
      • Baroness Marie Mathilde von Lerchenfeld (born 21 April 1990 in Kitzingen)
      • Baroness Catarina von Lerchenfeld (born 29 July 1991 in Kitzingen)
      • Baroness Johanna von Lerchenfeld (born 11 December 1992 in Kitzingen)
      • Baroness Carolina von Lerchenfeld (born 8 January 1995 in Kitzingen)
    • Countess Marie Gabriele Walburga Cacilia Theresia von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (born 22 November 1959 in Ravensburg), married on 23 October 2004 in Leutkirch im Allgäu, Count Bernard de Monseignat (born 5 January 1952 in Monaco), son of Count Jacques de Monseignat and Countess Jannine de Bonadona. They have no children.
    • Countess Maria Monika Sofie Walburga Nikolette von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (born 22 March 1961 in Ravensburg), married on 29 May 1987 in Leutkirch im Allgäu, Count Christoph Schenk von Stauffenberg (born 1 August 1950 in Bamberg), son of Count Otto Philipp Schenk von Stauffenberg and Baroness Hertha Oculi von Lerchenfeld. They have four children:
      • Countess Maria Antonia Schenk von Stauffenberg (born 21 July 1988 in Munich)
      • Count Philipp Schenk von Stauffenberg (born 4 May 1990 in Bamberg)
      • Countess Sebastian Schenk von Stauffenberg (born 14 May 1992 in Bamberg)
      • Countess Maria Johanna Schenk von Stauffenberg (born 18 January 1998 in Bamberg)
    • Maria Erich Wunibald Aloysius Georg, Hereditary Count von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (born 21 November 1962 in Ravensburg), married on 17 November 1988 in Altshausen, Duchess Mathilde of Württemberg (born 11 July 1962 in Friedrichshafen), daughter of Carl, Duke of Württemberg, and Princess Diane of Orléans. They have five children:
      • Countess Marie-Thérèse of Waldburg-Zeil-Trauchburg (born 5 October 1989 in Memmingen)
      • Countess Elisabeth of Waldburg-Zeil-Trauchburg (born 31 December 1990 in Ravensburg)
      • Countess Charlotte of Waldburg-Zeil-Trauchburg (born 10 May 1992 in Ravensburg)
      • Countess Hélène of Waldburg-Zeil-Trauchburg (born 29 November 1993 in Ravensburg)
      • Countess Gabrielle of Waldburg-Zeil-Trauchburg (born 29 November 1996 in Ravensburg)
    • Countess Maria Adelheid Walburga Rufina of Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (born 28 November 1964 in Ravensburg), married on 30 December 1988 in Leutkirch im Allgäu, Count Max-Emanuel von Rechberg und Rothenlöwen zu Hohenrechberg (born 25 September 1959 in Munich), son of Count Friedrich Ernst von Rechberg and Countess Rose-Marie Saurma von der Jeltsch-Lorzendorf. They have three children:
      • Count Friedrich von Rechberg (born 12 January 1990 in Munich)
      • Count Max Emanuel von Rechberg (born 14 May 1991 in Munich)
      • Countess Sophie von Rechberg (born 17 April 1994 in Munich)
    • Countess Maria Elisabeth Walburga Priscilla Wiltrud von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (born 30 July 1966 in Ravensburg), married on 16 April 1990 in Leutkirch im Allgäu, Prince Englebert von Croÿ (born 5 June 1965 in Leverkusen), son of Prince Clemens von Croÿ and Countess Marie-Thérèse von Schaesberg. They have three children:
      • Princess Isabelle of Croÿ (born 6 May 1991 in Hadamar)
      • Prince Constantin of Croÿ (born 19 July 1992 in Menden)
      • Prince Carl of Croÿ (born 13 September 1994 in Menden)
  • Princess Marie Charlotte Juliana of Bavaria (30 May 1931 in Munich — 9 January 2018 in Isny im Allgäu), Marie Gabrielle's twin, married on 1 September 1955 in Munich, Paul, Prince von Quadt zu Wykradt und Isny (28 November 1930 in Isny im Allgäu — 16 March 2011 in Isny im Allgäu), son of Alexander, Prince von Quadt zu Wykradt und Isny, and Countess Maria-Anna Esterházy von Galántha. They have four children:
    • Alexander Albrecht, Prince von Quadt zu Wykradt und Isny (born 18 January 1958 in Munich), married on 14 September 1992 in Isny im Allgäu, Martina Keil (born 7 December 1960 in Graz), daughter of Johann Keil and Countess Charlotte von Meran. They have three children:
      • Countess Philippa von Quadt zu Wykradt und Isny (born 25 December 1994 in Ravensburg)
      • Countess Charlotte von Quadt zu Wykradt und Isny (born 21 October 1996 in Ravensburg)
      • Countess Anna von Quadt zu Wykradt und Isny (born 23 October 2001 in Ravensburg)
    • Countess Maria-Anna Gabrielle Ghislaine von Quadt zu Wykradt und Isny (born 8 April 1960 in Friedrichhafen), married on 7 September 1991 in Isny im Allgäu, Count Alexander von Stauffenberg (born 10 March 1954 in Bamberg), son of Count Otto Philipp von Stauffenberg and Baroness Hertha Oculi von Lerchenfeld. They have two children:
      • Count Franz Schenk von Stauffenberg (born 23 April 1993 in Schongau)
      • Countess Marie Isabelle Schenk von Stauffenberg (born 24 June 1996 in Schongau)
    • Countess Maria Georgina Ghislaine Caroline von Quadt zu Wykradt und Isny (born 28 December 1962), married on 5 September 1985 in Isny im Allgäu, Count Peter von und zu Eltz gennant Faust von Stromberg (born 7 November 1948 in Zürich), son of Count Alexander von und zu Eltz gennant Faust von Stromberg and Ferdinanda Széchényi de Sárvár-Felsővidék. They have three children:
      • Countess Alexandra von und zu Eltz gennant Faust von Stromberg (born 30 September 1986 in Hamburg)
      • Count Albrecht von und zu Eltz gennant Faust von Stromberg (born 10 October 1988 in Munich)
      • Countess Marie Ghislaine von und zu Eltz gennant Faust von Stromberg (born 28 October 1991 in Munich)
    • Count Bertram Ernst von Quadt zu Wykradt und Isny (born 22 October 1966 in Ravensburg), married on 28 August 2004 in London, Sandra Putze (born 15 April 1966 in Hamburg), daughter of Hartmut Putze and Sigrum Opitz. They have no children.
  • Franz Bonaventura Adalbert Maria, Duke of Bavaria (born 14 July 1933 in Munich)
  • Max-Emanuel Ludwig Maria, Duke in Bavaria (born 21 January 1937 in Munich), married on 10 January 1967 in Kreuth, Countess Elisabeth Douglas (born 31 December 1940 in Stockholm), daughter Count Carl Ludvig Douglas and Ottora Maria Haas-Heye. 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.

Honours[edit]

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. ^ The Jacobite Heritage
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ The Jacobite Heritage
  5. ^ The Jacobite Heritage
  6. ^ The Jacobite Heritage

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
Reason for succession failure:
German Revolution of 1918–19
Vacant
Title next held by
Countess Marie-Jenke Keglevich von Buzin
— TITULAR —
Queen consort of England, Ireland and Scotland
2 August 1955 – 10 June 1969
Reason for succession failure:
Glorious Revolution of 1688