Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma

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Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma
Princess Maria Pia of Savoy
Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma 1963.jpg
Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma in 1963
Spouse

Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (m.1955 – div.1967)

Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma (m.2003)
Issue Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia
Prince Michael of Yugoslavia
Prince Sergius of Yugoslavia
Princess Helen of Yugoslavia
Full name
Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita Milena Mafalda Ludovica Tecla Gennara
House House of Bourbon-Parma
House of Savoy
Father Umberto II of Italy
Mother Princess Marie-José of Belgium
Born (1934-09-24) 24 September 1934 (age 80)
Naples, Italy

Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma (née Princess Maria Pia of Savoy; born 24 September 1934) is the eldest daughter of Umberto II of Italy and Marie-José of Belgium. She is the older sister of Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy, the Prince of Naples, and Princess Maria Beatrice of Savoy. She is the cousin of former King Albert II of Belgium.

Biography[edit]

Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita Milena Mafalda Ludovica Tecla Gennara di Savoia was the first-born child of the Prince and Princess of Piedmont, born in Naples, Italy in 1934. Her parents, married since 1930, were unhappy together, as her mother confessed in an interview many years later (On n'a jamais été heureux, "We were never happy"), and separated after the Italian monarchy was abolished by plebiscite on 2 June 1946. Exiled, the family gathered briefly in Portugal, and she and her three younger siblings soon went with their mother to Switzerland while their father remained in Portugal. Being devout Catholics, her parents never divorced.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Maria Pia and Alexander of Yugoslavia in 1958
Italian Royal Family
Great coat of arms of the king of italy (1890-1946).svg

HRH The Prince of Naples
HRH The Princess of Naples

HRH Princess Maria Pia
HRH Princess Maria Gabriella
HRH Princess Maria Beatrice

On the royal cruise of the yacht, Agamemnon, hosted by Queen Frederika of Greece on 22 August 1954, she met and later married Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (born 1924), son of Prince Paul of Yugoslavia and Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark. Not long after their wedding, Maria Pia gave birth to the couple's set of fraternal twin sons. Another set of twins was born to Maria Pia during the marriage five years later, this time a girl and boy:

The couple were divorced in 1967.

In 2003 she remarried to Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma (born 1926), son of Prince René of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Margaret of Denmark, and divorced from Princess Yolande de Broglie-Revel, by whom he has five dynastic children, and who is also the father of a child born out-of-wedlock in 1977, Amélie de Bourbon de Parme. Through him she is a sister-in-law of Queen Anne of Romania. Her ex-husband, Prince Alexander, also remarried to Princess Barbara of Liechtenstein, a cousin of that principality's monarch, and they have one son, Prince Dushan.

Ancestry[edit]

Maria Pia's ancestors in three generations

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16. Victor Emmanuel II of Italy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8. Umberto I of Italy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17. Archduchess Maria Adelaide of Austria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Victor Emmanuel III of Italy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
18. Ferdinand, 1st Duke of Genoa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9. Princess Margherita of Savoy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
19. Princess Elizabeth of Saxony
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Umberto II of Italy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20. Mirko Petrović Njegoš, Grand Duke of Grahovo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10. Nicholas I of Montenegro
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
21. Anastasija Martinović
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Princess Jelena of Montenegro
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
22. Petar Vukotić
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11. Milena Vukotić
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
23. Jelena Voivodić
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Princess Maria Pia of Savoy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24. Leopold I of Belgium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12. Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25. Princess Louise-Marie of France
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Albert I of Belgium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
26. Karl Anton, Prince of Hohenzollern
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
13. Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
27. Princess Josephine of Baden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Princess Marie-José of Belgium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
28. Maximilian Joseph, Duke in Bavaria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14. Karl-Theodor, Duke in Bavaria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
29. Princess Ludovika of Bavaria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Duchess Elisabeth of Bavaria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
30. Miguel of Portugal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
15. Infanta Maria Josepha of Portugal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
31. Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
 
 
 
 
 
 

References[edit]

  1. ^ A 2003 image of Prince Serge and his wife. Gettyimages.com (25 September 2003). Retrieved on 2015-07-27.
  2. ^ A 2006 image of Princess Helene of Yugoslavia. Life.com. Retrieved on 27 July 2015.

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