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Princess Maria de la Esperanza of Bourbon-Two Sicilies

Princess Maria de la Esperanza of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Princess of Orléans-Braganza

Maria de la Esperanza in her First Communion Day
Spouse Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza
Issue
Prince Pedro Carlos
Princess Maria da Gloria
Prince Afonso Duarte
Prince Manuel Álvaro
Princess Cristina Maria
Prince Francisco Humberto
Full name
Spanish: Maria de la Esperanza Amalia Raniera Maria Rosario Luisa Gonzaga
House House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
House of Orléans-Braganza
Father Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Mother Princess Louise of Orléans
Born (1914-06-14)14 June 1914
Madrid, Spain
Died 8 August 2005(2005-08-08) (aged 91)
Villamanrique de la Condesa, Spain
Religion Roman Catholicism

Princess Maria de la Esperanza Amalia Raniera Maria Rosario Luisa Gonzaga of Bourbon-Two Sicilies[1][2] (14 June 1914, Madrid, Spain[1][2] – 8 August 2005, Villamanrique de la Condesa, Spain[1][2]) was the youngest daughter of Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and his wife Princess Louise of Orléans.[1][2] Maria Esperanza was titular Empress of Brazil through her husband Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza, who was one of two claimants to the Brazilian throne as titular Emperor of Brazil, and head of the Petrópolis branch of the Brazilian Imperial House.[3] Maria Esperanza was also an aunt of Juan Carlos I of Spain, son of her sister Princess Maria Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.

Marriage and issue

Maria Esperanza married Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza, son of Prince Pedro de Alcântara of Orléans-Braganza and his wife Countess Elisabeth Dobržensky de Dobrženicz, on 18 December 1944 in Seville, Spain. Maria Esperanza and Pedro de Alcântara had six children:

  • Prince Pedro Carlos of Orléans-Braganza (born 31 October 1945), succeeded to his father's claim as Emperor on 26 December 2007.
  • Princess Maria da Gloria of Orléans-Braganza (born 13 December 1946), former Crown Princess of Yugoslavia.
  • Prince Afonso Duarte of Orléans-Braganza (born 25 April 1948)
  • Prince Manuel Álvaro of Orléans-Braganza (born 17 June 1949)
  • Princess Cristina Maria of Orléans-Braganza (born 16 October 1950)
  • Prince Francisco Humberto of Orléans-Braganza (born 9 December 1956)

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • Her Royal Highness Princess Maria de la Esperanza of the Two Sicilies (14 June 1914 - 8 December 1944)
  • Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Maria de la Esperanza of Orleans-Braganza, Princess of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (8 December 1944 - 8 August 2005)

Honours

Ancestry

References

  • The Imperial Family of Brazil
  • Elisabeth Dobrzensky von Dobrzenicz “Empress of Brazil”
Princess Maria de la Esperanza of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Cadet branch of the House of Bourbon
Born: 14 June 1914 Died: 8 August 2005
Titles in pretence
Vacant
Title last held by
Gaston, Count of Eu
as Emperor Consort
— TITULAR —
Empress consort of Brazil
18 December 1944 – 8 August 2005
Succeeded by
Patricia Alexandra Brascombe
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