Princess Maria Luisa Carlota of Parma

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Maria Luisa Carlota
Hereditary Princess of Saxony
Marie Luise, Prinzessin von Sachsen, geb. Prinzessin von Lucca.jpg
Portrait by Antonio María Esquivel (c. 1834)
Born (1802-10-02)2 October 1802
Barcelona, Spain
Died 18 March 1857(1857-03-18) (aged 54)
Rome, Italy
Spouse Maximilian, Hereditary Prince of Saxony
Count Francesco Rossi
Count Giovanni Vimercati
House Bourbon-Parma
Father Louis of Etruria
Mother Maria Luisa of Spain
Religion Roman Catholicism

Maria Luisa Carlota of Parma (2 October 1802 – 18 March 1857) was a Princess of Parma and member of the House of Bourbon. She was married to Maximilian, Hereditary Prince of Saxony.

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Maria with her mother and brother

Maria Luisa Carlota was born in Barcelona. The Spanish royal family were in the city to celebrate the marriage of her maternal uncle Infante Ferdinand, Prince of Asturias to Princess Maria Antonia of Naples 6 October 1802.

Her mother, Maria Luisa, under difficulties gave birth to Maria Luisa Carlota (named after her deceased aunt, who had died four days before her mother's birth). At first, doctors thought that both mother and daughter would not survive.

Her maternal grandparents and her uncle Ferdinand VII wanted to marry Maria Luisa Carlota, then fourteen years old, to the Infante Francisco de Paula, Maria Luisa's youngest brother; the marriage never materialised.

Maria Luisa Carlota married Maximilian, Hereditary Prince of Saxony, the widower of her aunt Carolina of Parma, in Lucca on 15 October 1825 (by proxy) and again in Dresden on 7 November 1825. The couple had no children, and Maximilian renounced his rights to the throne in 1830. He died in 1838. Maria Luisa Carlota spent most of her life in Vienna, where she was known for her eccentricity. On 22 July 1849 she married again to a nobleman, Count Francesco Rossi, who died in 1854. On 19 February 1855 she married again, Count Giovanni Vimercati, by whom she had no issue and who outlived her, dying in 1861. She died in 1857, aged 54.

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