Saturday, November 18, 2023

HRH Princess Maria Cristina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1933-2023)

November 18, 2023

 HRH Princess Marie Cristina "Christa" of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies died in Brazil at the age of ninety. She was born HRH Princess Maria Christina Giusta Elena Giovanna of Savoy-Aosta, the younger daughter of HRH Prince Amedeo Umberto Isabella Luigi Filippo Maria Giuseppe Giovanni, Duke of Aosta and Princess Anne of OrlĂ©ans.   Her older sister, Princess Margherita, died in 2022.

Maria Cristina's baptism

Maria Cristina's father died on March 3, 1942, in a British prisoner-of-war camp in Nairobi, Kenya.

The first communion for Princess Maria Cristina and her older sister, Princess Margherita, at the Vatican during the second world war

The princess was born at Miramar Castle, near Trieste on September 11, 1933.  On January 29, 1967, in JacarĂ©zinho, Brazil, she married HRH Prince Casimir Maria Alfons Gabriel of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, the fifth child of HRH Prince Gabriele Maria Giuseppe Carlo Ignazio Antonio Alfonso Pietro Giovanni Gerardo di Majella et Omni Sancti of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies and his second wife, Princess Cecilia Lubomirska.  Prince Casimir was born in Warsaw on November 8, 1938.

The couple settled in Brazil, where they raised four children, Prince Luis Alfonso (1970), Princess Anna Cecilia, Countess Rodolphe Vincens de Causans, (1971), Princess Elena Sofia (1973), and Prince Alexander Henriques (1974), a Roman Catholic priest since 2007.

The Princess is survived by her husband, Prince Casimir, their four children, and six grandchildren, Anna Sophia, Maria Isabel, Luisa Fernanda, and Paulo Afonso Borbone-Dos Sicilias and Count Amedeo and Countess Victoria Vincens de Causans.    

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 She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, including Prince Lorenz of Belgium (Archduke Lorenz of Austria), who was her godson.  Her first cousins included the late Prince Amedeo, Duke of Aosta, and Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark.

The princess will be buried in Sartirana Lomellina, Italy, where she had a home.

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