Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma

Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma
Princess Maria Pia of Savoy

Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma in 1963
Born (1934-09-24) 24 September 1934
Naples, Italy
Spouse Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (m. 1955; div. 1967)
Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma (m. 2003)
Issue Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia
Prince Michael of Yugoslavia
Prince Sergius of Yugoslavia
Princess Helen of Yugoslavia
Full name
Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita Milena Mafalda Ludovica Tecla Gennara
House Savoy
Father Umberto II of Italy
Mother Princess Marie-José of Belgium
Styles of
Princess Maria Pia
of Bourbon-Parma
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 Pia of Bourbon-Parma (née Princess Maria Pia of Savoy; born 24 September 1934) is the eldest daughter of Umberto II of Italy and Marie-José of Belgium. She is the older sister of Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy, Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, and Princess Maria Beatrice of Savoy. She is the cousin of former King Albert II of Belgium.


Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita Milena Mafalda Ludovica Tecla Gennara di Savoia was the first-born child of the Prince and Princess of Piedmont, born in Naples, Italy in 1934. Her parents, married since 1930, were unhappy together, as her mother confessed in an interview many years later (On n'a jamais été heureux, "We were never happy"), and separated after the Italian monarchy was abolished by plebiscite on 2 June 1946. Exiled, the family gathered briefly in Portugal, and she and her three younger siblings soon went with their mother to Switzerland while their father remained in Portugal. Being devout Catholics, her parents never divorced.

Marriages and issue

With her first husband Alexander of Yugoslavia in 1958

On the royal cruise of the yacht, Agamemnon, hosted by Queen Frederica of Greece on 22 August 1954, she met and later married Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (1924-2016), son of Prince Paul of Yugoslavia and Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark. Not long after their wedding, Maria Pia gave birth to the couple's set of fraternal twin sons. Another set of twins was born to Maria Pia during the marriage five years later, this time a girl and boy:

The couple were divorced in 1967.

In 2003, Maria Pia was remarried to Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma (born 1926), son of Prince René of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Margaret of Denmark, whose marriage with Princess Yolande de Broglie-Revel had been annulled and with whom he has five dynastic children, also being the father of a child born out of wedlock in 1977, Amélie de Bourbon de Parme (wed in 2009 to Igor Bogdanoff).[2] Through him she was a sister-in-law of Queen Anne of Romania. Maria Pia's ex-husband, Prince Alexander was also remarried, to Princess Barbara of Liechtenstein, a cousin of that principality's monarch, and they had one son, Prince Dušan Paul.

Notable published works

Titles, styles and honours


Maria Pia's ancestors in three generations

16. Victor Emmanuel II of Italy
8. Umberto I of Italy
17. Archduchess Maria Adelaide of Austria
4. Victor Emmanuel III of Italy
18. Prince Ferdinando, Duke of Genoa
9. Princess Margherita of Savoy
19. Princess Elizabeth of Saxony
2. Umberto II of Italy
20. Mirko Petrović-Njegoš, Veliki Vojvoda of Grahovo
10. Nicholas I of Montenegro
21. Anastasija Martinović
5. Princess Elena of Montenegro
22. Vojvoda Petar Vukotić
11. Milena Vukotić
23. Jelena Voivodić
1. Princess Maria Pia of Savoy
24. Leopold I of Belgium
12. Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders
25. Princess Louise-Marie of France
6. Albert I of Belgium
26. Karl Anton, Prince of Hohenzollern
13. Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
27. Princess Josephine of Baden
3. Princess Marie-José of Belgium
28. Maximilian Joseph, Duke in Bavaria
14. Karl-Theodor, Duke in Bavaria
29. Princess Ludovika of Bavaria
7. Duchess Elisabeth of Bavaria
30. Miguel of Portugal
15. Infanta Maria Josepha of Portugal
31. Princess Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg


  1. A 2006 image of Princess Helene of Yugoslavia. Retrieved on 27 July 2015.
  2. Paris Match. Françoise de Labarre. Mariage estraterrestre. 13 October 2009. French. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
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