Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The Aosta Sisters


Both images Marlene A Eilers Koenig collection

Princess Margherita and Princess Maria Cristina of Savoy-Aosta, are the two daughters of Prince Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta, Duke of Aosta and Princess Anne of Orleans. The Duke and Duchess of Aosta were first cousins, as the Duke's mother, Princess Helene, and Anne's mother, Princess Isabelle were siblings. 

Margherita was born at Capodimonte Palace in Naples on April 7, 1930. She married Archduke Robert of Austria, a younger son of Emperor Karl and Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma. One of their 5 children, Lorenz, is married to Princess Astrid of Belgium, only daughter of King Albert and Queen Paola. 

Margherita was briefly linked to King Baudouin of the Belgians.

 Maria Cristina was born at Miramare Castle near Trieste on September 12, 1933. She married Prince Casimir of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies on January 29, 1967. They have four children. The Duke of Aosta died at Nairobi on March 3, 1942, at the age of 43. As he did not have a male heir, the Aosta dukedom passed to his younger brother, Prince Aimone, who was married to Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark. Their only son, Prince Amedeo, is the present Duke of Aosta.

I am enjoying sharing these photos, lovely gifts to me, with my readers.


Ed Hanson said...

It's a complicated family tree, but Amedeo and Anne were first cousins through their mothers, Helene and Isabelle. Jean, duc de Guise, was in turn a first cousin to both of the mothers.

Andrew said...

This website is really the site of record for those interested in the history of royal families. I recently went to Hatchards in Piccadilly, which used to have a brilliant selection of European royal biography. Sadly, it's been swept away. A sad deterioration in the choice available to customers. Keep up the good work Marlene, keep those standards high!

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

thanks Ed, fixed. Andrew, far fewer royal bios are being published, sadly