Maria Anna of Savoy

Maria Anna of Savoy (Italian: Maria Anna Ricciarda Carolina Margherita Pia; 19 September 1803 – 4 May 1884) was Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary (see Grand title of the Empress of Austria)[1] by marriage to Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria.

Maria Anna of Savoy
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Portrait by Johann Nepomuk
Empress consort of Austria,
Queen consort of Hungary, Bohemia,
Dalmatia, and Croatia
Tenure2 March 1835 – 2 December 1848
Coronation12 September 1836, Prague
Born(1803-09-19)19 September 1803
Palazzo Colonna, Rome, Papal States
Died4 May 1884(1884-05-04) (aged 80)
Prague, Cisleithania, Austria-Hungary
SpouseFerdinand I of Austria
Full name
Italian: Maria Anna Carolina Pia di Savoia
FatherVictor Emmanuel I of Sardinia
MotherMaria Theresa of Austria-Este


Maria Anna was born in Palazzo Colonna in Rome, the daughter of King Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia and of his wife, Archduchess Maria Teresa of Austria-Este. She had a twin sister Maria Teresa. The two princesses were baptised by Pope Pius VII. Their godparents were their maternal grandparents, Archduke Ferdinand of Austria-Este and his wife Maria Beatrice Ricciarda d'Este. In the Museo di Roma can be seen a painting of the baptism.[2]

On 12 February 1831 Maria Anna was married by procuration in Turin to King Ferdinand V of Hungary (later Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria). On 27 February the couple were married in person in Vienna in the Hofburg chapel by the Cardinal Archbishop of Olmütz.

Maria Anna and Ferdinand had no children.

Ferdinand succeeded as Emperor of Austria on 2 March 1835; Maria Anna became Empress of Austria. On 12 September 1836 she was crowned as Queen of Bohemia at Prague.

On 2 December 1848 Ferdinand abdicated as Emperor of Austria, but retaining his imperial rank; Maria Anna was henceforward titled Empress Maria Anna. They lived in retirement together, spending the winters at Prague Castle and the summers at Reichstadt (now Zákupy) or at Ploschkowitz (now Ploskovice).

Maria Anna died in Prague. She is buried next to her husband in tomb number 63 in the Imperial Crypt in Vienna.


Coronation of Maria Anna as Queen of Bohemia, 1836

Titles, styles, honours and armsEdit

Titles and stylesEdit

  • 19 September 1803 – 12 February 1831 Her Royal Highness Princess Maria Anna of Savoy
  • 12 February 1831 – 2 December 1848 Her Majesty The Queen of Hungary
  • 2 March 1835 – 2 December 1848 Her Imperial and Royal Apostolic Majesty The Empress of Austria, Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, Queen of Lombardy-Venetia
  • 2 December 1848 – 4 May 1884 Her Imperial and Royal Apostolic Majesty Empress-Queen Maria Anna




External linksEdit

  Media related to Maria Anna of Sardinia at Wikimedia Commons

Maria Anna of Savoy
Born: 19 September 1803 Died: 4 May 1884
Austro-Hungarian royalty
Preceded by
Caroline Augusta of Bavaria
Empress consort of Austria
Queen consort of Hungary and Croatia
Queen consort of Bohemia
Queen consort of Lombardy-Venetia

Title next held by
Elisabeth of Bavaria