Princess Maria da Glória, Duchess of Segorbe

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Princess Maria da Glória
Duchess of Segorbe and Countess of Rivadavia
Crown Princess of Yugoslavia (1972–1985)
Born (1946-12-13) 13 December 1946 (age 71)
Petrópolis, Brazil
Spouse
Ignacio de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba, 19th Duke of Segorbe
(m. 1985)
IssuePeter, Hereditary Prince of Yugoslavia
Prince Philip of Yugoslavia
Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia
Sol de Medina y Orleáns-Braganza, 54th Countess of Ampurias
Luna de Medina y Orléans-Braganza, 17th Countess of Ricla
HouseOrléans-Braganza
FatherPrince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza
MotherPrincess Maria de la Esperanza of Bourbon-Two Sicilies

Princess Dona Maria da Glória Henriqueta Dolores Lúcia Miguela Rafaela Gabriela Gonzaga of Orléans-Braganza, Duchess of Segorbe, Countess of Rivadavia (Portuguese: Dona Maria da Glória Henriqueta Dolores Lúcia Miguela Rafaela Gabriela Gonzaga de Orléans e Bragança e Bourbon, princesa de Orléans e Bragança, duquesa de Segorbe, condesa de Rivadavia; Serbian: Марија да Глорија од Орлеана и Браганце; born 13 December 1946) is a descendant of the Brazilian Imperial Family and the second wife of the Duke of Segorbe. She is also the former wife of Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia.[1]

Life and marriages[edit]

Born at Petrópolis, Brazil, she is the daughter of Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza (1913–2007) and Princess Maria de la Esperanza of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1914–2005). She is the first cousin of Juan Carlos I of Spain.

On 1 July 1972, she married Alexander, former Crown Prince of Yugoslavia at Villamanrique de la Condesa, near Seville, Spain. They divorced on 19 February 1985. She has three sons from her first marriage:

On 24 October 1985, she married Ignacio de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba, 19th Duke of Segorbe (in 2003 20th Count of Rivadavia), son of Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba, 18th Duchess of Medinaceli at Seville. With him, she has two daughters:

  • Sol María de la Blanca de Medina y Orléans-Braganza, 54th Countess of Ampurias (born 1986), heiress apparent to the Segorbe dukedom.
  • Ana Luna de Medina y Orléans-Braganza, 17th Countess of Ricla (born 1988).

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 1946–1972: Her Royal Highness Princess Maria da Glória of Orléans-Braganza
  • 1972–1985: Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Yugoslavia
  • 1985–2003: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Segorbe
  • 2003–present: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Segorbe, Countess of Rivadavia

Ancestry[edit]

Dynastically, the Duchess of Segorbe is a great-great-granddaughter of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil. Patrilineally, she is a great-great-great-granddaughter of Louis Philippe, King of the French. She is also a matrilineal 9th-generation descendant of Marie Leszczyńska, Queen consort of Louis XV of France, through an almost-three-century-long unbroken line of eight Bourbon princesses, each of whom married into their own dynasty, as follows: Marie Leszczyńska, Queen of FranceLouise Élisabeth of France, Duchess of ParmaMaria Luisa of Parma, Queen of SpainMaria Isabella of Spain, Queen of the Two SiciliesMaria Cristina of the Two Sicilies, Queen Regent of SpainInfanta Luisa Fernanda of Spain, Duchess of MontpensierPrincess Marie Isabelle d'Orléans, Infanta of Spain, Countess of ParisPrincess Louise d'Orléans, Princess of the Two SiciliesPrincess Maria de la Esperanza of the Two Sicilies, Princess of Orléans-Braganza → Princess Maria da Glória of Orléans-Braganza, sometime Crown Princess of Yugoslavia, Duchess of Segorbe.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Great Pretenders
  2. ^ a b Going Places
  3. ^ Heinbruins
  4. ^ Willis, Daniel (1999). The Descendants of Louis XIII. Baltimore, US: Clearfield. pp. 3, 81–3, 81–82, 125, 134–135, 140, 251, 215, 325, 354. ISBN 0-8063-4942-5.

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Titles in pretence
Vacant
Title last held by
Alexandra of Greece and Denmark
— TITULAR —
Crown princess of Yugoslavia
1 July 1972 – 1985
Reason for succession failure:
Communists abolished the Kingdom in 1945
Vacant
Title next held by
Katherine, Crown Princess of Yugoslavia
Preceded by
Princess Maria Isabel
— TITULAR —
Line of succession to the Brazilian throne
13th position (Petrópolis branch)
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1889
Succeeded by
Princess Cristina