Maria Cristina of Naples and Sicily

Maria Cristina of Naples and Sicily (Maria Cristina Amelia Teresa; 17 January 1779 – 11 March 1849) was a Princess of Naples and Sicily[1] and later Queen of Sardinia as wife of King Charles Felix. She was a daughter of Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies and Maria Carolina of Austria.

Maria Cristina of Naples and Sicily
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Portrait of Maria Cristina in the Castle of Aglié, by Giacomo Berger (1816)
Queen consort of Sardinia
Tenure12 March 1821 – 27 April 1831
Born(1779-01-17)17 January 1779
Caserta Palace, Caserta, Kingdom of Naples
Died11 March 1849(1849-03-11) (aged 70)
Savona, Kingdom of Sardinia
(m. 1807; died 1831)
Maria Cristina Amelia Teresa
HouseBourbon-Two Sicilies
FatherFerdinand I of the Two Sicilies
MotherMaria Carolina of Austria
ReligionRoman Catholic

Princess of Naples and Sicily (1779–1807)Edit

Portrait of Princess Maria Cristina as a child (by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, c. 1790)

Maria Cristina was born on 17 January 1779 at the Caserta Palace in Caserta. She was the sixth child and fourth daughter of King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies and his wife Maria Carolina of Austria, a daughter of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. She was her mother's favourite child.

Her twin sister Maria Cristina Amelia died of smallpox on 26 February 1783, at the age of four.

Duchess of Genoa (1807–1821)Edit

Maria Cristina was married on 6 April 1807 in Palermo with Prince Charles Felix of Savoy, who became King of Sardinia when his elder brother Victor Emmanuel I abdicated in 1821. Until her husband became king, she was styled as the Duchess of Genoa.

Queen of Sardinia (1821–1831)Edit

The royal couple were interested in the arts and artists, and turned the Royal House in Agliè and the Villa Rufinella in Frascati into comfortable residences. During her husband's reign, they lived at the Palazzo Chiablese, where her husband later died in 1831.

In 1825, the queen engaged the archaeologist Marquess Luigi Biondi (1776–1839), whose excavation work uncovered Tusculum, an excavation in which Maria Cristina financed.[2] In 1839 and 1840, the architect and archaeologist Luigi Canina (1795–1856) was engaged by the royal family and excavated the Theatre area of Tusculum.[2] The ancient works of art excavated were sent to the Duke of Savoy's Castle of Agliè in Piedmont.

Charles Felix died in 1831 after a reign of ten years. Maria Cristina lived the rest of her life in Turin, Naples, Agliè and Frascati, and died in Savona, Liguria. She was buried beside her husband in the Hautecombe Abbey, Saint-Pierre-de-Curtille.[2] The couple had no children.



  1. ^ Later known as the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
  2. ^ a b c Flantzer, Susan (1 July 2021). "Maria Cristina of Naples and Sicily, Queen of Sardinia". Unofficial Royalty. Retrieved 11 February 2023.
  3. ^ Genealogie ascendante jusqu'au quatrieme degre inclusivement de tous les Rois et Princes de maisons souveraines de l'Europe actuellement vivans [Genealogy up to the fourth degree inclusive of all the Kings and Princes of sovereign houses of Europe currently living] (in French). Bourdeaux: Frederic Guillaume Birnstiel. 1768. pp. 1, 9.

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Maria Cristina of Naples and Sicily
Cadet branch of the House of Bourbon
Born: 17 January 1779 Died: 11 March 1849
Royal titles
Preceded by Queen consort of Sardinia
12 March 1821 – 27 April 1831
Succeeded by