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 Disputed:
Prince Ranieri (brother)
Infante Alfonso (nephew)
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, Swabia, Germany
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 Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Father Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta
Mother Princess Maria Antonietta of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Religion Roman Catholicism

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 older 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: [1] [2]

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]

Arms[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16. Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8. Francis I of the Two Sicilies
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17. Archduchess Maria Carolina of Austria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
18. Charles IV of Spain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9. Infanta Maria Isabella of Spain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
19. Maria Luisa of Parma
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20. Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10. Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
21. Infanta Maria Louisa of Spain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
22. Frederick William, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11. Princess Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
23. Burgravine Louise Isabelle of Kirchberg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Prince Ferdinand Pius, Duke of Calabria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24. Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies (= 16)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12. Francis I of the Two Sicilies (= 8)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25. Archduchess Maria Carolina of Austria (= 17)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Prince Francis, Count of Trapani
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
26. Charles IV of Spain (= 18)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
13. Infanta Maria Isabella of Spain (= 9)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
27. Maria Luisa of Parma (= 19)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Princess Maria Antonietta of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
28. Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14. Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
29. Princess Luisa of the Two Sicilies
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Archduchess Maria Isabella of Austria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
30. Francis I of the Two Sicilies (= 8)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
15. Princess Maria Antonia of the Two Sicilies
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
31. Infanta Maria Isabella of Spain (= 9)
 
 
 
 
 
 
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Archived March 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ [1].