Saturday, September 24, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma

Princess Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita Milena Mafalda Ludovica Tecla Gennara of Bourbon-Parma was born Princess Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita Milena Mafalda Ludovica Tecla Gennara of Savoy on 24 September 1934 as the first child of Umberto II of Italy and Marie-José of Belgium{Source}.She was the eldest of four children {Source}:

  1. Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples (1937)
    1. Marina, Princess of Naples (1935, m. 1971)
      1. Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice (1972)
        1.  Clotilde, Princess of Venice (1972)
          1. Princess Vittoria of Savoy (2003)
          2. Princess Luisa of Savoy (2006)
          3. two adopted sons
  2. Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy (1940)
    1. Robert Zellinger de Balkany (1931-2015, m. 1969, div 1990)
      1. Marie Elizabeth Zellinger de Balkany (1972)
        1. Olivier Janssens (1964, m. 2002)
          1. Gabriella Luise Maria Janssens (2004)
          2. Tommaso Janssens (2005)
          3. Louis Janssens (2009)
  3. Princess Maria Beatrice Caroline of Savoy (1943)
    1. Luis Rafael Reyna-Corvalán y Dillon(1939-1999, m. 1970)
      1. Rafael Humberto Lupo Corvalán-Reyna y de Saboya (1970-1994)
        1. Margaret Beatty Tyler (1966, engaged, never married) 
          1. Uriel Tyler (1994)
      2. Patrizio Corvalán-Reyna y de Saboya (1971–1971)
      3. Azaea Beatrice Corvalán-Reyna y de Saboya (1973)
        1. Arturo Pando y Mundet (1973, m. 1996, div)
          1. Marie José Pando y Corvalán-Reyna (1996)

She married Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia on 12 February 1955{Source}.Together, they have four children, two sets of twins{Source}:

  1. Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia (1958)
  2. Prince Michael of Yugoslavia (1958)
  3. Prince Sergius Wladimir Emanuel Marie of Yugoslavia (1963)
  4. Princess Helene Olga Lydia Tamara Maria of Yugoslavia (1963)
    1. Thierry Gaubert (m. 1988)
      1. Milena Maria-Pia Angelique Armaule Gaubert (1988)
      2. Nastasia Marie-José Tania Vanessa Isabelle Gaubert (1991)
      3. Leopold Umberto Armand Michel Gaubert (1997)

She and Prince Alexander divorced in 1967 {Source}. Princess Maria-Pia would remarry Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma in 2003{Source}.Upon her re-marriage, she became stepmother to{Source}:

  1. Princess Inès Marie Josephe Marguerite Yolande Tatiana of Bourbon-Parma (1952-1981)
    1. Miss Marie Mélodie de Bourbon (1977, adopted 1982, by her grandfather Prince Michael of Bourbon-Parma)
  2. Prince Erik Marie Joseph René Michael Pierre of Bourbon-Parma (1953)
    1. Countess Lydia af Holstein-Ledreborg (d. 1999)
      1. Princess Antonia Monique Charlotte Marie of Bourbon-Parma (1981)
      2. Princess Marie Gabrielle Yolande Camilla Philippine of Bourbon-Parma (1982)
      3. Princess Alexia Thérèse Sybille Eric Charles Marie of Bourbon-Parma (1985)
      4. Prince Michel Knud John Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1989)
      5. Prince Henri Luitpold Antoine Victor Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1991)
  3. Princess Sybil Marie Josephine Anne Victorie of Bourbon-Parma (1954)
    1. Craig Richards (m. 1997)
  4. Princess Victoire Maria Pia Josephe Philippe Isaure of Bourbon-Parma (1957-2001)
    1. Baron Ernst von Gecmen-Waldek (1974-1988, div)
    2. Baroness Tatiana von Gecmen-Waldek (1974)
      1. Michael Berger-Sandhofer (m. 1995)
    3. Baron Vincent Nicholas von Gecmen-Waldek (1981)
  5. Prince Charles-Emmanuel Marie Joseph Jacques Hely of Bourbon-Parma (1961)
    1. Constance de Ravinel (m.1991)
      1. Prince Amaury Yves Michel Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1991)
      2. Princess Charlotte Alexe Yolande Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1993)
      3. Princess Elizabeth Flore Angélique Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1996)
      4. Princess Zita Angélique Inès Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parme (1999)
  6. Ms. Amélie de Bourbon de Parme (1977)
    1. Igor Bogdanoff (m. 2009)
    2. Master Alexandre Bogdanoff (2011)
She is a cousin of King Albert II of Belgium-King Albert's father (Leopold III) was the elder brother of Princess Maria Pia's mother, Princess Marie-José of Belgium. Upon the abolishment of the Italian monarchy, she and her family first fled to Portugal, then to Switzerland.

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