Maria Teresa Felicitas d'Este

Marie Thérèse Félicité
Princess of Modena
Duchess of Penthièvre

1750 portrait at Eu
Born (1726-10-06)6 October 1726
Ducal Palace, Modena
Died 30 April 1754(1754-04-30) (aged 27)
Château de Rambouillet, France
Burial Chapelle royale de Dreux
Spouse Louis Jean Marie de Bourbon, Duke of Penthièvre
Issue Louis Alexandre, Prince of Lamballe
Marie Adélaide, Duchess of Orléans
Full name
Maria Teresa Felicitas d'Este
Father Francesco III d'Este, Duke of Modena
Mother Charlotte Aglaé d'Orléans
Religion Roman Catholicism

Maria Teresa Felicitas d'Este (October 6, 1726 – April 30, 1754) was born a princess of Modena and was by marriage the Duchess of Penthièvre. She was the mother-in-law of Philippe Égalité and thus grandmother to the future Louis-Philippe of France.


Born in Emilia-Romagna[1] in Modena, she was the daughter of Francesco III, Duke of Modena and his wife, the French princess Charlotte Aglaé d'Orléans.

One of nine children, she was the first daughter of the family but her mother eventually returned to France to live.


Penthièvre was Maria Teresa's mother's first cousin. Charlotte Aglaé's mother was the sister of the duke's father, Louis-Alexandre Count of Toulouse. According to some contemporaries, the marriage between the duke and his wife was reportedly a happy one, to which numerous children were born.[1]


Marie Thérèse died at the Château de Rambouillet after giving birth to Louis Marie Félicité de Bourbon, who died soon afterwards. Only two of the Penthièvre children survived into adulthood:



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