Princess Maria Beatrice of Savoy

For the Duchess of Modena, Archduchess of Austria-Este and Jacobite heiress of the same name, see Maria Beatrice of Savoy.
Princess Maria Beatrice

Maria Beatrice of Savoy with Maurizio Arena in 1967
Born (1943-02-02) 2 February 1943
Naples, Italy
Spouse Luis Rafael Reyna-Corvalán y Dillon (m. 1970)
Issue Rafael Reyna-Corvalán y de Saboya
Patrizio Reyna-Corvalán y de Saboya
Azaea Reyna-Corvalán y de Saboya
Full name
Maria Beatrice Elena Margherita Ludovica Caterina Ramona
House Savoy
Father Umberto II of Italy
Mother Princess Marie-José of Belgium
Styles of
Princess Maria Beatrice of Savoy
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am
Italian Royal Family

HRH The Prince of Naples
HRH The Princess of Naples

HRH Princess Maria Pia
HRH Princess Maria Gabriella
HRH Princess Maria Beatrice

Princess Maria Beatrice of Savoy (born 2 February 1943) is the youngest daughter of Italy's last King, Umberto II, and his wife, Queen Marie José.


Born Principessa Maria Beatrice Elena Margherita Ludovica Caterina Romana di Savoia, she was the third daughter as well as the fourth and last child of the Prince and Princess of Piedmont, known as "Titti" to family and friends. When she was three years old, her father ruled Italy as Umberto II for slightly over a month, from 9 May 1946 to 12 June 1946. The family was then exiled and briefly gathered in Portugal, where her parents decided to separate. She and her siblings went with their mother to Switzerland while their father remained in Portugal.

Marriage and children

Princess Maria Beatrice attempted to marry Italian actor Maurizio Arena in 1967 but was prevented by her family, who filed a lawsuit claiming that she was mentally unfit to marry.[1][2] The lawsuit was dropped in early 1968 when the relationship ended.[3]

Titti married Luis Rafael Reyna-Corvalán y Dillon (born 18 April 1939 in Córdoba, Argentina – died 17 February 1999 in Cuernavaca, Mexico), son of Cesar Augusto Reyna-Corvalán and Amalia Maria Dillon Calvo, on 1 April 1970 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. They were also married in a religious ceremony on January 1971 in Córdoba, Argentina. The couple had three children:

For some time, her mother lived with her and her children in Mexico.

Her eldest son died, aged 23, on 29 April 1994 in Boston, Massachusetts, falling from the terrace of the building where he lived.[5] As for her husband, he was murdered on 17 February 1999 in Cuernavaca, Mexico.



Wikimedia Commons has media related to Princess Maria Beatrice of Savoy.
  1. "Princess Won't Wed". The Spokesman-Review. 14 November 1967. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  2. "Love!". The Windsor Star. 28 November 1967. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  3. "Suit Withdrawn". Reading Eagle. 14 January 1968. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  4. Descendants of King Louis Philippe I of the French (first part).
  5. Roger Clark (18 February 1995). "CABBAGES & KINGS – Arts & Entertainment". The Independent. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
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