Princess Maria Christina of Saxony (1770–1851)

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Maria Christina
Princess of Carignano
Princess of Montléart
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Born (1770-12-07)7 December 1770
Dresden, Saxony
Died 24 November 1851(1851-11-24) (aged 80)
Paris, France
Spouse Charles Emmanuel, Prince of Carignano
Julius Maximilian de Montléart, Prince of Montléart
Issue Charles Albert, King of Sardinia
Elisabeth, Archduchess of Austria
Jules Maurice, Prince de Montléart
Auguste de Montléart
Full name
Maria Christina Albertina Carolina
House Wettin
Father Charles of Saxony
Mother Countess Franziska von Corvin-Krasińska

Maria Christina of Saxony (Maria Christina Albertina Carolina; 7 December 1770 – 24 November 1851) was a Princess of Saxony. She was the Princess of Carignano and later Princess of Montléart by marriage.


Maria Christina was the only child of Prince Carl Christian Joseph of Saxony, himself son of King August III of Poland, and his morganatic wife, Countess Franciszka Corvin-Krasińska. Her parents married secretly in Warsaw in 1760. Her mother was created a princess (Princess Franziska Corvin-Krasińska) in her own right due to her marriage.

Her education was in the hands of several private tutors and governesses. She learned philosophy, geography, literature, music, dance, and taught several languages (German, Italian, French, Polish, and English).

In Turin on 24 October 1797, she married Charles Emmanuel, Prince of Carignano. They had two children:

Charles Emmanuel died three years after his marriage in a French prison.

On 1 February 1810 she was remarried in Paris to Julius Maximilian de Montléart, 6th Marquis de Rumont and Prince de Montléart (1787–1865). They had five children:

  • Jules Maurice de Montléart (28 November 1807 – 16 March 1887), legitimized after his parents' marriage; Prince de Montléart.
  • Louise Bathilde de Montléart (20 January 1809 – 1823), legitimized after her parents' marriage; died young.
  • Berthe Maria de Montléart (1811 – 1831), died young.
  • Frédérique Auguste Marie Xavérine Cunégonde Julie de Montléart (11 November 1814 – 6 June 1885, by suicide), married Kurt Karl Maria, Baron von Wernitz, Herr von Wernitz und Ganshorn bei Hohenstein, Duke of Saint-Simon and Marquis de Montbleru in 1833 and divorced in 1865, with further descendants).
  • Marguerite Julia de Montléart (1822 – 1832), died young.

In 1824 Maria Christina and her second husband bought and restored the Schloss Wilhelminenberg in the district of Gallitzinberg.

Maria Christina died in Paris on 24 November 1851 at age 80.


  • 7 December 1770 - 24 October 1797: Her Royal Highness Princess Maria Christina of Saxony, Duchess of Courland and Semigallia
  • 24 October 1797 - 16 August 1800: Her Royal Highness The Princess of Carignano, Princess of Savoy
  • 16 August 1800 - 1 February 1810: Her Royal Highness The Dowager Princess of Carignano, Dowager Princess of Savoy
  • 1 February 1810 - 24 November 1851: Her Royal Highness The Princess of Montléart, Marquise of Rumont, Dowager Princess of Savoy, Dowager Princess of Carignano