- Maria Theresa of Austria (1801–1855)
Maria Theresa of Austria Maria Theresa with her two sons Victor Emmanuel and Ferdinand by Fernando Cavalleri Queen consort of Sardinia Consort 27 April 1831 – 23 March 1849 Spouse Charles Albert of Sardinia Victor Emmanuel II, King of Italy
Ferdinand, Duke of Genoa
House House of Savoy
House of Habsburg-Lorraine
Father Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany Mother Luisa of Naples and Sicily Born 21 March 1801
Died 12 January 1855(aged 53)
Burial 16 January 1855
Royal Basilica of Superga, Italy
Maria Theresa of Austria (21 March 1801 – 12 January 1855) was born an Archduchess of Austria and Princess of Tuscany. In 1817 she married and became the Queen of Sardinia. She was the wife of King Charles Albert of Sardinia and a daughter of Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and Luisa of Naples and Sicily. She was named after her double great grandmother Empress Maria Theresa.
Birth and childhood
Maria Theresia Franziska Josepha Johanna Benedikta (German) was a member of the Tuscan branch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine and an Archduchess of Austria and Princess of Bohemia, Hungary, and Tuscany by birth. She was born in Vienna during the exile of her parents and their many children, due to Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Tuscany. Her father was Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and her mother was Princess Luisa of Naples and Sicily, who died giving birth to a stillborn son one year after Maria Theresa's birth.
Marriage and children
Maria Theresa married in Florence on 30 September 1817 Charles Albert of Sardinia (Paris, 29 October 1798 - Porto, 28 July 1849), and a wedding mass was celebrated on 2 October in Florence Cathedral. In Italian her name was Maria Teresa Francesca Giuseppa Giovanna Benedicta.
In March 1820 an heir to the throne was born followed by two more children the later of which died in infancy.
In 1824 Charles Albert was recognised as heir to the throne by Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia. He and Maria Theresa became king and queen in 1831, when his successor Charles Felix of Sardinia died without issue.
End of life
After the death of her husband in 1849 in Oporto, the Queen mother Maria Theresa stopped appearing in public and even returned to Italy in 1851, where she died four years later, in Turin. She was buried in the Basilica of Superga in Turin.
A convinced Catholic and conservative, she had a great influence on her eldest son on the new Italian throne.
- Vittorio Emanuele Maria Alberto Eugenio Ferdinando Tommaso (14 March 1820 – 9 January 1878) married Archduchess Maria Adelaide of Austria and had issue; would become the first King of a united Italy;
- Ferdinando Maria Alberto Amedeo Filiberto Vincenzo (15 November 1822 – 10 February 1855) married Princess Elisabeth of Saxony and had issue; Duke of Genoa;
- Maria Cristina (4 July 1826 – 25 July 1827) died in infancy.
Even among the frequently tangled genealogies of European nobility, the ancestry of Maria Theresa of Tuscany was unusual. In fact, her parents had the same four grandparents, so they were double cousins when they spoused: this practice of alliances between cousins that was still common at that time, given that the families (and notably the parents and grandparents of Maria Theresa) had a lot of children, and this avoided to split too much the benefit of heirs though alliances and their descendance, and the multiplication of nobility titles to satisfy the various claims by descendants.
As a consequence, her grandparents consisted of two brother/sister pairs. Her paternal grandfather, Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor, was the brother of her maternal grandmother, Maria Caroline of Austria. Matching that combination, her paternal grandmother, Maria Louisa of Spain, was the sister of her maternal grandfather, Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies. As a consequence she only had four great-grandparents rather than the usual eight. (Although not so unusual, it may be worth pointing out that her grandmothers and great-grandmothers, as well as her mother or herself and her sister, or her daughter were all surnamed "Maria".)
Holy Roman Emperor
Holy Roman Emperor
of the Two Sicilies
of Naples and Sicily
Carolina Ferdinanda Teresa,
Maria Luisa Giuseppa
Victor Emmanuel II,
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Titles and styles
- 21 March 1801 – 30 September 1817 Her Royal Highness Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria
- 30 September 1817 – 27 April 1831 Her Royal Highness the Princess of Carignan
- 27 April 1831 – 23 March 1849 Her Majesty the Queen of Sardinia
- 23 March 1849 – 12 January 1855 Her Majesty the Queen Mother
See alsoMaria Theresa of Austria (1801–1855)House of Habsburg-LorraineCadet branch of the House of LorraineBorn: 21 March 1801 Died: 12 January 1855
Italian royalty Preceded by
Maria Cristina of Naples and Sicily
Queen consort of Sardinia
27 April 1831 - 23 March 1849
Adelaide of Austria
Austrian archduchesses by birth 1st generationnone 2nd generationArchduchess Helena · Kunigunde, Duchess of Bavaria 3rd generation 4th generation 5th generationElisabeth, Queen of Poland · Maria, Holy Roman Empress* · Anna, Duchess of Bavaria · Archduchess Isabella* · Maria, Duchess of Jülich-Cleves-Berg · Archduchess Magdalena · Catherine, Queen of Poland · Eleanor, Duchess of Mantua · Archduchess Margaret · Joan, Princess of Portugal* · Barbara, Duchess of Ferrara · Archduchess Ursula · Archduchess Helena · Joanna, Grand Duchess of Tuscany 6th generationAnna, Queen of Spain · Elisabeth, Queen of France · Archduchess Maria · Archduchess Maria · Isabella Clara Eugenia, Co-sovereign of the Habsburg Hetherlands* · Archduchess Margaret · Catherine Michelle, Duchess of Savoy* · Archduchess Eleanor · Archduchess Maria* · Archduchess Martha · Archduchess Anna Eleanor · Archduchess Maria · Anna, Holy Roman Empress · Anna, Queen of Poland · Maria Christina, Princess of Transilvania · Archduchess Catherine Renata · Archduchess Elisabeth · Archduchess Gregoria Maximiliana · Archduchess Eleanor · Margaret, Queen of Spain · Constance, Queen of Poland · Maria Maddalena, Grand Duchess of Tuscany 7th generationArchduchess Christine · Anna, Queen of France* · Archduchess Maria · Maria Anna, Holy Roman Empress* · Archduchess Anna Mauritia · Maria Anna, Electress of Bavaria · Archduchess Margarita Francisca* · Cecilia Renata, Queen of Poland · Archduchess Maria Eleanor · Isabella Clara, Duchess of Mantua · Maria Leopoldine, Holy Roman Empress 8th generationArchduchess Maria Margarita* · Archduchess Margarita Maria Catalina* · Archduchess Maria Eugenia* · Archduchess Isabella Maria Teresa* · Maria Anna, Queen of Spain · Archduchess Maria Anna Antonia* · Maria Theresa, Queen of France* · Archduchess Maria · Margarita Teresa, Holy Roman Empress* · Archduchess Theresia Maria Josepha · Eleanor, Queen of Poland, Duchess of Lorraine · Claudia Felicitas, Holy Roman Empress · Maria Anna Josepha, Electoral Princess of the Palatinate · Archduchess Maria Ambrosia de la Concepción* · Archduchess Maria Magdalena 9th generationMaria Antonia, Electress of Bavaria · Archduchess Maria Anna Antonia · Archduchess Anna Maria · Archduchess Maria Josepha · Archduchess Christina · Archduchess Maria Elisabeth · Maria Anna, Queen of Portugal · Archduchess Maria Theresa · Archduchess Maria Josepha · Archduchess Maria Magdalena · Archduchess Maria Margaretha 10th generationMaria Josepha, Queen of Poland · Maria Amalia, Holy Roman Empress · Maria Theresa · Maria Anna, Princess Charles Alexander of Lorraine · Archduchess Maria Amalia 11th generationArchduchess Maria Elisabeth** · Archduchess Maria Anna** · Archduchess Maria Carolina** · Maria Christina, Duchess of Teschen** · Archduchess Maria Elisabeth** · Maria Amalia, Duchess of Parma** · Archduchess Maria Carolina** · Archduchess Johanna** · Archduchess Maria Josepha** · Maria Carolina, Queen of Naples** · Marie Antonia, Queen of France** 12th generationArchduchess Maria Theresa · Archduchess Marie Christine · Maria Theresia, Queen of Saxony** · Archduchess Maria Anna** · Maria Theresa, Queen of Sardinia*** · Archduchess Maria Josepha*** · Maria Leopoldine, Electress of Bavaria*** · Maria Clementina, Duchess of Calabria** · Archduchess Maria Amalia** · Archduchess Maria Antonia*** · Maria Ludovika, Empress of Austria*** 13th generationArchduchess Ludovika Elisabeth · Marie Louise, Empress of the French · Archduchess Carolina Ferdinande** · Archduchess Maria Caroline · Archduchess Caroline Ludovika · Maria Leopoldina, Empress of Brazil · Clementina, Princess of Salerno · Archduchess Maria Luisa** · Archduchess Alexandrine · Maria Theresa, Queen of Sardinia** · Marie Caroline, Crown Princess of Saxony · Archduchess Maria Anna · Archduchess Amalia Theresa · Maria Theresa, Queen of the Two Sicilies · Maria Theresa, Countess of Chambord*** · Archduchess Hermine · Archduchess Franziska · Archduchess Maria Caroline · Adelaide, Queen of Sardinia · Maria Beatrix, Countess of Montizón*** · Archduchess Maria Caroline · Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska · Marie Henriette, Queen of the Belgians 14th generationArchduchess Maria Anna · Archduchess Maria Carolina** · Auguste Ferdinande, Princess Luitpold of Bavaria** · Archduchess Maria Maximiliana** · Maria Isabella, Countess of Trapani** · Archduchess Maria Theresia** · Archduchess Maria Cristina** · Archduchess Maria Anna** · Maria Theresa, Duchess Philipp of Württemberg · Archduchess Mathilda · Maria Christina, Queen of Spain · Archduchess Maria Eleonora · Archduchess Elisabeth · Maria Dorothea, Duchess of Orléans · Margaretha Klementine, Princess of Thurn and Taxis · Archduchess Elisabeth Henriette · Archduchess Klotilde · Maria Theresa, Queen of Bavaria*** 15th generationArchduchess Sophie · Gisela, Princess Leopold of Bavaria · Archduchess Marie Valerie · Margarete Sophie, Duchess of Württemberg · Archduchess Maria Annunziata · Elisabeth, Princess Aloys of Liechtenstein · Archduchess Maria Antonietta** · Luise, Crown Princess of Saxony** · Anna, Princess of Hohenlohe-Bartenstein** · Archduchess Margareta** · Archduchess Germana** · Archduchess Agnes** · Archduchess Maria Theresa** · Karoline Marie, Princess Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha** · Archduchess Maria Antonietta** · Maria Immaculata, Duchess of Württemberg** · Archduchess Henriette** · Maria Christina, Princess Emmanuel of Salm-Salm · Maria Anna, Princess Elias of Bourbon Parma · Maria Henrietta, Princess of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst · Archduchess Natalie · Archduchess Stephanie · Archduchess Gabrielle · Isabella, Princess Georg of Bavaria · Alice, Baroness Waldbott of Bassenheim · Archduchess Eleonora, Mrs. Alfons von Kloss · Renata, Princess Hieronymus Radziwill · Mechthildis, Princess Olgierd Czartoryski · Archduchess Gisele · Archduchess Sophie · Archduchess Magdalena 16th generationElisabeth Marie, Princess of Windisch-Graetz · Helena, Duchess Philipp of Württemberg** · Rosa, Duchess of Württemberg** · Archduchess Dolores** · Maria Inmaculada, Nobile Inigo Neri Sereneri** · Margarita, Marchioness Taliani di Marchio** · Princess Maria Antonia, Mrs. Luis Pérez** · Archduchess Assunta, Mrs. Joseph Hopfinger** · Elisabeth, Countess of Waldburg-Zeil** · Hedwig, Countess of Stolberg-Stolberg** · Gertrud, Countess of Waldburg-Zeil-Trauchburg** · Archduchess Maria Elisabeth** · Archduchess Agnes** · Archduchess Margarethe, Mrs. Alexander Cech · Ilona, Duchess of Mecklenburg · Archduchess Anna Theresia · Archduchess Maria Kynga, Mrs. Joachim Krist 17th generationArchduchess Adelheid · Charlotte, Duchess of Mecklenburg · Elisabeth, Princess Heinrich of Liechtenstein · Elisabeth, Edle Hubert von Braun** · Alice, Baroness Vittorio Manno** · Marie Antoinette, Baroness of Proff in Irnich** · Archduchess Marie Christine** · Archduchess Walburga, Mrs. Carlos Tasso** · Archduchess Verena** · Archduchess Katharina, Mrs. Roland Huber** · Agnes, Baroness Peter of Fürstenberg** · Maria Ileana, Countess Adam Kottulinski** · Alexandra, Baroness Viktor of Baillou** · Maria Magdalena, Baroness of Holzhausen** · Archduchess Elisabeth, Mrs. Friedrich Sandhofer** · Agnes, Princess Karl Alfred of Liechtenstein** · Archduchess Maria Margaretha** · Archduchess Ludovica** · Archduchess Allix** · Josepha, Countess Clemens of Waldstein-Wartenberg** · Valerie, Margravine of Baden** · Alberta, Baroness Alexander of Kottwitz-Erdödy** · Theresa, Princess Rasso of Bavaria** · Maria Inmakulata, Countess Reinhart of Hoensbroech** · Archduchess Monika, Mrs. Charles de Rambures · Archduchess Marie Christine, Mrs. Raymond van der Meide · Archduchess Maria, Mrs. Wilhelm de Witt · Margherita, Countess Benedikt of Piatti 18th generationAndrea, Hereditary Countess of Neipperg · Monika, Duchess of Maqueda · Michaela, Countess Hubertus of Kageneck · Archduchess Gabriela, Mrs. Christian Meister · Walburga, Countess Archibald Douglas · Maria Beatrix, Countess Riprand of Arco-Zinneberg*** · Isabella, Countess Andrea Czarnocki-Lucheschi*** · Maria del Pilar, Edle Vollrad-Joachim von Poschinger · Kinga, Baroness Wolfgang of Erffa · Archduchess Marie Adelheid, Mrs. Jaime Corcuerra · Archduchess Viridis, Mrs. Karl Dunning-Gribble · Archduchess Alexandra, Mrs. Héctor Riesle · Maria Constanza, Princess of Auersperg-Trautson · Maria Anna, Princess Peter Galitzine · Catharina, Countess Maximiliano Secco d'Aragona · Archduchess Elisabeth, Mrs. James Litchfield · Sophie, Princess of Windisch-Grätz · Archduchess Marie Christine, Mrs. Clemens Guggenberg · Archduchess Marie Bernadette, Mrs. Rupert Wolff** · Archduchess Katharina, Mrs. Niall Brooks** · Archduchess Alicia** · Archduchess Maria Christina** · Archduchess Margaretha, Mrs. Andreas Baumgartner** · Archduchess Marie Valerie, Mrs. Martin Josef Wagner** · Archduchess Hedwig** · Archduchess Veronika** · Archduchess Johanna · Archduchess Elisabeth · Archduchess Celina · Archduchess Maria Floriana · Archduchess Sofía · Archduchess Anna Carolina · Archduchess Theresa · Archduchess Sophie · Archduchess Ladislaya 19th generationArchduchess Eleonore · Archduchess Gloria · Archduchess Sophie · Archduchess Hilda · Archduchess Maria Laura*** · Archduchess Luisa Maria*** · Archduchess Laetitia Maria*** · Archduchess Sophia · Archduchess Maria Theresa · Archduchess Margherite · Archduchess Priscilla · Archduchess Marie des Neiges · Marie Christine, Countess Rodolphe of Limburg-Stirum · Archduchess Gabriella · Archduchess Antonia · Archduchess Isabelle · Archduchess Carlotta · Archduchess Paulina · Archduchess Lara · Archduchess Katharina · Archduchess Tatyana** · Archduchess Anabella** · Archduchess Tara** · Archduchess Amaya 20th generationArchduchess Zita · Archduchess Anežka*also an infanta of Spain
**also a princess of Tuscany
***also a princess of Modena
2nd Generation 3rd GenerationPrincess Maria Cristina · Margherita, Duchess of Parma · Anna, Archduchess of Further Austria · Catherine, Duchess of Mantua and Montferrat 4th Generationnone 5th Generation 6th Generationnone 7th Generation 8th GenerationMaria Theresia, Queen of Saxony* · Princess Maria Anna* · Princess Maria Amalia* · Maria Clementina, Duchess of Calabria* 9th GenerationPrincess Carolina Ferdinande* · Princess Maria Luisa* · Maria Theresa, Queen of Sardinia* 10th GenerationPrincess Maria Carolina* · Auguste Ferdinande, Princess Luitpold of Bavaria* · Princess Maria Maximiliana* · Maria Isabella, Countess of Trapani* · Princess Maria Theresia* · Princess Maria Cristina* · Princess Maria Anna* · Maria Luisa, Princess of Ysenburg and Büdingen* 11th GenerationPrincess Maria Antonietta* · Luise, Crown Princess of Saxony* · Anna, Princess of Hohenlohe-Bartenstein* · Princess Margareta* · Princess Germana* · Princess Agnes* · Maria Theresa, Archduchess Charles Stephen of Austria* · Karoline Marie, Princess Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha* · Princess Maria Antonietta* · Maria Immakulata, Duchess Robert of Württemberg* · Princess Henriette* 12th GenerationHelena, Duchess Philipp of Württemberg* · Rosa, Duchess of Württemberg* · Princess Dolores* · Maria Immaculada, Nobile Inigo Neri Sereneri* · Margarita, Marchioness Taliani di Marchio* · Princess Maria Antonia, Mrs. Luis Pérez* · Princess Assunta, Mrs. Joseph Hopfinger* · Elisabeth, Countess of Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems* · Hedwig, Countess of Stolberg-Stolberg* · Gertrud, Countess of Waldburg-Zeil-Trauchburg* · Princess Maria Elisabeth* · Princess Agnes* 13th GenerationElisabeth, Edle Hubert von Braun* · Alice, Baroness Vittorio Manno* · Marie Antoinette, Freifrau von Proff zu Irnich* · Princess Marie Christine* · Princess Walburga, Mrs. Carlos Tasso* · Princess Verena* · Princess Katharina, Mrs. Roland Huber* · Agnes, Freifrau Peter von Fürstenberg* · Maria Ileana, Countess Adam Kottulinski* · Alexandra, Freifrau Viktor von Baillou* · Maria Magdalena, Freifrau von Holzhausen* · Princess Elisabeth, Mrs. Friedrich Sandhofer* · Agnes, Princess Karl Alfred of Liechtenstein* · Princess Maria Margaretha* · Princess Ludovica* · Princess Allix* · Josepha, Countess Clemens of Waldstein-Wartenberg* · Valerie, Margravine of Baden* · Alberta, Freifrau Alexander von Kottwitz-Erdödy* · Theresa, Princess Rasso of Bavaria* · Maria Inmakulata, Countess Reinhart of Hoensbroech* 14th GenerationPrincess Marie Bernadette, Mrs. Rupert Wolff* · Princess Katharina, Mrs. Niall Brooks* · Princess Alicia* · Princess Maria Christina* · Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Andreas Baumgartner* · Princess Marie Valerie, Mrs. Martin Josef Wagner* · Princess Hedwig* · Princess Veronika* 15th GenerationPrincess Tatyana* · Princess Anabella* · Princess Tara** also an archduchess of Austria
^did not have a royal or noble birthMarie de Bourbon (1625-1656) · Maria Angela Caterina d'Este (1684-1709) · Maria Vittoria of Savoy (1714-1741) · Landgravine Christine of Hesse-Rotenburg (1741-1778) · Princess Joséphine of Lorraine (1778-1780) · Princess Maria Christina of Saxony (1797-1800) · Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria (1817-1831)
Queens of SardiniaAnne Marie d'Orléans (1720-1728) · Landgravine Polyxena of Hesse-Rotenburg (1730-1735) · Princess Elisabeth Therese of Lorraine (1737-1741) · Infanta Maria Antonia Ferdinanda of Spain (1773-1785) · Princess Marie Clotilde of France (1796-1802) · Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria-Este (1802-1821) · Princess Maria Cristina of Naples and Sicily (1821-1831) · Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria (1831-1849) · Archduchess Adelaide of Austria (1849-1855) Princesses of Savoy by marriage 1st Generation 2nd GenerationPrincess Anne of Cyprus · Claudine de Brosse 3rd Generation 4th Generationnone 5th GenerationPrincess Yolande Louise of Savoy* · Anna d'Este 6th GenerationPrincess Anne of Lorraine 7th Generation 8th Generation 9th GenerationMaria Vittoria of Savoy* · Urania de La Cropte de Beauvais 10th Generation 11th Generation 12th Generation 13th GenerationArchduchess Maria Theresa of Austria 14th GenerationArchduchess Adelaide of Austria · Princess Elisabeth of Saxony 15th Generation 16th Generation 17th GenerationPrincess Marie José of Belgium · Princess Anne of Orléans*** · Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark*** 18th Generation 19th Generation*also a princess of Savoy by birth
**Princess of Savoy-Genoa
***Princess of Savoy-Aosta
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