Princess Maria Immaculata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1844–1899)

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Princess Maria Immaculata
Archduchess and Princess Maria Immaculata of Austria; Princess Maria Immaculata of Hungary, Bohemia, and Tuscany
Born (1844-04-14)14 April 1844
Naples, Two Sicilies
Died 18 February 1899(1899-02-18) (aged 54)
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Burial Imperial Crypt Vaults#Ferdinand's Vault, Imperial Crypt, Vienna
Spouse Archduke Karl Salvator of Austria
Issue Archduchess Maria Theresia
Archduke Leopold Salvator
Archduke Franz Salvator
Archduchess Karoline Marie
Archduchess Isabelle
Archduke Albrecht Salvator
Archduchess Maria Antoinette
Archduchess Maria Immakulata
Archduke Rainier Salvator
Archduchess Henriette
Archduke Ferdinand Salvator
Full name
Italian: Maria Immacolata Clementina
House Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Father Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies
Mother Maria Theresa of Austria
Religion Roman Catholic

Princess Maria Immaculata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies[1] (Full Italian name: Maria Immacolata Clementina, Principessa di Borbone delle Due Sicilie[1]) (14 April 1844, Naples, Two Sicilies[1] 18 February 1899, Vienna, Austria[1]) was fifth child and second-eldest daughter of Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies and his wife Maria Theresa of Austria.[1] Through her marriage to Archduke Karl Salvator of Austria, Prince of Tuscany, Maria Immaculata became an Archduchess of Austria and a Princess of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, and Bohemia. She was a Dame of the Star Cross Order.

Early life

Maria Immaculata was modest and reserved growing up and was jokingly called by her father "Petitta." Her mother, Maria Theresa, detested parties and court life and instead, she devoted herself to the care of her children and sewing. After the fall of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies during the Expedition of the Thousand, the royal family fled to Rome where they resided at the Quirinal Palace at the invitation of the Pope Pius IX.

Marriage and issue

Maria Immaculata married Archduke Karl Salvator of Austria, fifth child and second-eldest son of Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany and his wife Princess Maria Antonia of the Two Sicilies, on 19 September 1861 in Rome.[1] Maria Immaculata and Karl Salvator had ten children:[1][2]

Later life

Maria Immaculata was known for her beauty. She was included in Empress Elisabeth of Austria's photo album of beautiful women. Because Maria Immaculata's husband gave her a pearl necklace each time she bore another child, Empress Elisabeth mockingly nicknamed the family "The Pearl Divers". Eventually, Empress Elisabeth's youngest daughter Archduchess Marie Valerie married Maria Immaculata's son Franz Salvator.



  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Darryl Lundy (10 May 2003). "Marie Immaculee di Borbone, Principessa di Borbone delle Due Sicilie". Retrieved 2011-07-22. External link in |publisher= (help)

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