Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma
|Princess Maria Pia|
Princess Maria Pia in 1963
24 September 1934|
Naples, Kingdom of Italy
Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia
(m. 1955; div. 1967)
Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma
(m. 2003; d. 2018)
Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia|
Prince Michael of Yugoslavia
Prince Sergius of Yugoslavia
Princess Helen of Yugoslavia
|Father||Umberto II of Italy|
|Mother||Marie José of Belgium|
Princess Maria Pia
|Reference style||Her Royal Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Royal Highness|
|Italian royal family|
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, Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, and Princess Maria Beatrice of Savoy.
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 the Portuguese Riviera. Being devout Catholics, her parents never divorced.
Marriages and issue
On the royal cruise of the yacht, Agamemnon, hosted by Queen Frederica of Greece on 22 August 1954, she met and later married Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (1924–2016), son of Prince Paul of Yugoslavia and Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark. The two were married on 12 February 1955 at Cascais in Portugal, where the Maria Pia's father was living in exile.
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:
- Prince Dimitri Umberto Anton Peter Maria of Yugoslavia (b. 1958)
- Prince Michael Nicolas Paul George Maria of Yugoslavia (b. 1958)
- Prince Sergius "Serge" Wladimir Emanuel Maria of Yugoslavia (born 1963); married Sophia de Toledo on 6 November 1985, whom he divorced in 1986. He was remarried to Eleonora Rajneri on 18 September 2004. Since 2018 With Christiane Galeotti he has a child born in Monaco:
- Umberto Emmanuel Dimitri Karageorgevitch (born 2018)
- Princess Helene Olga Lydia Tamara Maria of Yugoslavia (born 1963); married Thierry Alexandre Gaubert. The couple divorced and she remarried to Stanislas Fougeron.
- Milena Maria Pia Angelique Armaule Gaubert (born 1988)
- Nastasia Marie José Tania Vanessa Isabelle Gaubert (born 1991)
- Leopold Umberto Armand Michel Gaubert (born 1997)
The couple were divorced in 1967.
In 2003, Maria Pia was remarried to Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma (1926–2018), son of Prince René of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Margaret of Denmark, whose marriage with Princess Yolande de Broglie-Revel had been annulled and with whom he has five dynastic children, also being the father of a child born out of wedlock in 1977, Amélie de Bourbon de Parme (wed in 2009 to Igor Bogdanoff). Through him she was a sister-in-law of Queen Anne of Romania. Maria Pia's ex-husband, Prince Alexander was also remarried, to Princess Barbara of Liechtenstein, a cousin of that principality's monarch, and they had one son, Prince Dušan Paul.
Notable published works
- La mia vita, i miei ricordi (Mondadori Electa, 2010).
Titles, styles and honours
- 24 September 1934 – 2 June 1946: Her Royal Highness Princess Maria Pia of Italy, Princess of Savoy
- 2 June 1946 – 12 February 1955: Her Royal Highness Princess Maria Pia of Savoy
- 12 February 1955 – 1967: Her Royal Highness Princess Maria Pia of Yugoslavia, Princess of Savoy
- 1967 – 2003: Her Royal Highness Princess Maria Pia of Savoy
- 2003 – present: Her Royal Highness Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma, Princess of Savoy
- France : Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
- Sovereign Military Order of Malta: Knight Grand Cross of Obedience of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, 1st Class
- A 2006 image of Princess Helene of Yugoslavia. Life.com. Retrieved on 27 July 2015.
- Paris Match. Françoise de Labarre. Mariage estraterrestre. 13 October 2009. French. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
- Getty Images
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