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Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo (Maria Vittoria Carlotta Enrichetta; 9 August 1847 – 8 November 1876) was an Italian noblewoman and became the Princess della Cisterna in her own right.[1] Married to Prince Amadeo of Savoy, Duke of Aosta, second son of King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, she was the Queen consort of Spain from 1870 until her husband's abdication in 1873. She is an ancestress of the current Duke of Aosta, a claimant to the erstwhile throne of Italy.

Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo
Princess della Cisterna
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Queen consort of Spain
Tenure16 November 1870 – 11 February 1873
Born(1847-08-09)9 August 1847
Paris, France
Died8 November 1876(1876-11-08) (aged 29)
Sanremo, Kingdom of Italy
SpouseAmadeo I
IssuePrince Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta
Prince Vittorio Emanuele, Count of Turin
Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi
Full name
Maria Vittoria Carlotta Enrichetta dal Pozzo
HouseSavoy-Aosta (by marriage)
FatherCarlo Emanuele dal Pozzo, 5th Prince della Cisterna
MotherCountess Louise de Merode
With her husband, the King of Spain.


Early lifeEdit

She was the eldest and only surviving child of Carlo Emmanuele dal Pozzo, 5th Prince of Cisterna and his wife, Countess Louise de Merode.[1] Upon the death of her father in 1864, she inherited his noble titles and thus became the Princess della Cisterna, Princess di Belriguardo, Marchioness di Voghera and Countess di Ponderano, among other titles, in her own right.


On 30 May 1867 in Turin, she married Prince Amadeo of Savoy, the Duke of Aosta and second son of King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy.[1] An urban legend circulates claiming that numerous tragedies befell the wedding of Maria Vittoria and the Duke of Aosta.[2]

She became Queen consort of Spain when her husband was elected as King of Spain on 16 November 1870. She lived a discreet life as queen, only involving herself in charity. King Amadeo abdicated from the Spanish throne on 11 February 1873, after which he and Maria Vittoria returned to Italy. Her health was damaged by the trip and childbirth, and she died later the same year of tuberculosis in Sanremo.[3]


  1. Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Duke of Aosta (13 January 1869 – 4 July 1931), Marshal of Italy, married to Princess Hélène of Orléans and had issue.
  2. Prince Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, Count of Turin (24 November 1870 – 10 October 1946), died unmarried.
  3. Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi (29 January 1873 – 18 March 1933), Vice Admiral in the Italian Royal Navy, died unmarried.




  1. ^ a b c de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. ‘’Le Petit Gotha’’. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, p. 612 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  2. ^ Death and the Wedding Party
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  4. ^ a b Mediterranean Nobility
Spanish royalty
Title last held by
Francis of Spain
as King consort
Queen consort of Spain
16 November 1870 – 11 February 1873
Title next held by
Mercedes of Orléans
Italian nobility
Preceded by
Carlo Emanuele dal Pozzo
Princess della Cisterna
26 March 1864 – 8 November 1876
Succeeded by
Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy