Infanta Maria Antonia of Portugal

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Infanta Maria Antonia
Duchess of Parma
Maria Antonia, Duchess of Parma.jpg
Duchess consort of Parma
Titular14 January 1884 – 16 November 1907
Born(1862-11-28)28 November 1862
Bronnbach, Germany
Died14 May 1959(1959-05-14) (aged 96)
Berg Castle, Luxembourg
Robert I, Duke of Parma
(m. 1884;died 1907)
IssuePrincess Maria della Neve Adelaide
Prince Sixtus
Xavier, Duke of Parma
Princess Francesca
Zita, Empress of Austria
Felix, Prince consort of Luxembourg
Prince René
Princess Maria Antonia
Princess Isabella
Prince Louis
Princess Henrietta Anna
Prince Thomas
Full name
Portuguese: Maria Antónia Adelaide Camila Carolina Eulália Leopoldina Sofia Inês Francisca de Assis e de Paula Micaela Rafaela Gabriela Gonzaga Gregória Bernardina Benedita Andrea
House Braganza
Father Miguel I of Portugal
Mother Princess Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
Religion Roman Catholicism

Infanta Maria Antónia of Portugal (Portuguese: Maria Antónia Adelaide Camila Carolina Eulália Leopoldina Sofia Inês Francisca de Assis e de Paula Micaela Rafaela Gabriela Gonzaga Gregória Bernardina Benedita Andrea; 28 November 1862 14 May 1959) was a Portuguese infanta, the seventh and last child of Miguel of Portugal and Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg.

Portuguese language Romance language that originated in Portugal

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Early life

She was born in exile as the youngest child of her parents in Germany as her father, Infante Miguel, had been banished from Portugal by his brother, Pedro I of Brazil, after usurping and losing the Portuguese throne in the Liberal Wars.

Miguel I of Portugal King of Portugal

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Infanta Maria Antonia of Portugal, Duchess of Parma, 1906. Antoniaduchessparma.jpeg
Infanta Maria Antonia of Portugal, Duchess of Parma, 1906.

On 15 October 1884 at Schloss Fischorn, Maria Antonia married Robert I, Duke of Parma as his second wife. She bore him twelve children. Maria Antonia was widowed when Robert died at Villa Pianore on 16 November 1907. Later on she resided with her daughter Zita while in exile. By 1940, Zita and her family, Maria Antonia and her daughter Isabella were living in reduced circumstances in Quebec. Eventually, after the War's end, Maria Antonia moved to Berg Castle, Luxembourg where she celebrated her 90th birthday. After lingering for many years, she died there in 1959 aged 96. She was the last surviving grandchild of John VI of Portugal. Many of her children and grandchildren have also lived very long lives.

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Madeleine de Bourbon-Busset princess

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Zita of Bourbon-Parma empress consort of Austria and queen consort of Hungary

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See also

Infanta Maria Antonia of Portugal
Cadet branch of the House of Aviz
Born: 28 November 1862 Died: 14 May 1959
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Princess Maria Pia of the Two Sicilies
Duchess of Parma
14 January 1884 – 16 November 1907
Reason for succession failure:
Annexed by Kingdom of Italy
Succeeded by
Madeleine de Bourbon-Busset

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