Maria Anna of Savoy

Maria Anna of Savoy
Empress consort of Austria
Tenure 12 February 1830 – 2 December 1848
Coronation 12 September 1836, Prague
(as queen of Bohemia)
Born (1803-09-19)19 September 1803
Palazzo Colonna, Rome, Papal States
Died 4 May 1884(1884-05-04) (aged 80)
Prague, Bohemia
Burial Imperial Crypt, Vienna
Spouse Ferdinand I of Austria
Full name
Italian: Maria Anna Carolina Pia di Savoia
House Savoy
Father Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia
Mother Maria Theresa of Austria-Este
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Maria Anna of Savoy (Italian: Maria Anna Ricciarda Carolina Margherita Pia; 19 September 1803 – 4 May 1884) was the wife of Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria. She was Empress of Austria; Queen of Hungary, Bohemia, Lombardy and Venetia.[1]


Maria Anna was born in Palazzo Colonna in Rome, the daughter of King Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia and of his wife, Archduchess Maria Teresa of Austria-Este. She had a twin sister Maria Teresa. The two princesses were baptised by Pope Pius VII. Their godparents were their maternal grandparents, Archduke Ferdinand of Austria-Este and his wife Maria Beatrice Ricciarda d'Este. In the Museo di Roma can be seen a painting of the baptism.[2]

On 12 February 1831 Maria Anna was married by procuration in Turin to King Ferdinand V of Hungary (later Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria). On 27 February the couple were married in person in Vienna in the Hofburg chapel by the Cardinal Archbishop of Olmütz.

Maria Anna and Ferdinand had no children.

Ferdinand succeeded as Emperor of Austria on 2 March 1835; Maria Anna became Empress of Austria. On 12 September 1836 she was crowned as Queen of Bohemia at Prague.

On 2 December 1848 Ferdinand abdicated as Emperor of Austria, but retaining his imperial rank; Maria Anna was henceforward titled Empress Maria Anna. They lived in retirement together, spending the winters at Prague Castle and the summers at Reichstadt (now Zákupy) or at Ploschkowitz (now Ploskovice).

Maria Anna died in Prague. She is buried next to her husband in tomb number 63 in the Imperial Crypt in Vienna.


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Maria Anna of Savoy
Born: 24 December 1837 Died: 10 September 1898
Austro-Hungarian royalty
Preceded by
Caroline Augusta of Bavaria
Empress consort of Austria
Queen consort of Hungary and Bohemia

Succeeded by
Elisabeth in Bavaria
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