Death of Princess Maria Cristina of Bourbon-Parma

  September 2, 2009 at 12:53 pm by

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Her Royal Highness Princess Maria Cristina of Bourbon-Parma died yesterday in Wien, aged 84. She was born in Wien on 7 June 1925, the eighth and youngest daughter of Prince Elias of Bourbon-Parma and his wife Maria Anna, née Archduchess of Austria. Her paternal grandparents were Roberto I, the last Duke of Parma, and his first wife Maria Pia, a daughter of King Ferdinando II of the Two Sicilies; her maternal grandparents were Archduke Friedrich of Austria, Duke of Teschen and Supreme Commander of the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War I, and his wife Isabelle, born Princess of Croy.

Like most of her siblings, Princess Maria Cristina never married; only her sister Alice married to her second cousin Infante Carlos of Spain, claimant to the Two Sicilian Throne. Of the remaining siblings, a brother, Carlo, died aged 7 in 1912; another brother, Roberto, became the titular Duke of Parma at the death of their Father in 1959, until his own death in 1974, while the youngest brother Francesco died unmarried in 1939; one of her sister, Giovanna, was killed in a shooting accident in 1949, while the other two sisters died unmarried.

Princess Maria Cristina suffered in these last years of poor health; her rests will probably be buried in the crypt of her Family in Monichkirchen, in Austria, near to her parents and most of her siblings.

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