Infanta María de las Mercedes of Spain (1911–1953)

Princess María de las Mercedes of Bavaria, Infanta of Spain (3 October 1911 – 11 September 1953) was a German-Spanish princess. She was the third wife of Georgian Prince Irakli Bagration of Mukhrani. Through her father, Prince Ferdinand of Bavaria, she was a member of the Bavarian House of Wittelsbach. Through her mother, Infanta María Teresa of Spain, she was a granddaughter of Alfonso XII and niece of Alfonso XIII.[1]

Infanta María de las Mercedes
Princess Irakli Bagration of Mukhrani
Maria de las Mercedes de Baviera from The family of Ferdinand Maria of Bavaria (cropped).jpg
María de las Mercedes, circa 1918
Born(1911-10-03)3 October 1911
Palace of the Cuesta de la Vega, Madrid, Kingdom of Spain
Died11 September 1953(1953-09-11) (aged 41)
Madrid, Spanish State
Burial
Spouse
IssuePrincess Mariam Bagration of Mukhrani
Prince Bagrat Bagration of Mukhrani
Names
Spanish: María de las Mercedes Teresa María de la Paz Fernanda Adalberta Cristina Antonia Isidra Raimunda Josefa Jesusa Fausta Francisca de Borja y Todos los Santos
HouseWittelsbach (agnatic)
Bourbon (enatic)
FatherPrince Ferdinand of Bavaria
MotherInfanta María Teresa of Spain
ReligionRoman Catholic

Early lifeEdit

Princess María de las Mercedes of Bavaria, Infanta of Spain, was born on 3 October 1911 at the Palace of the Cuesta de la Vega, Madrid, to Prince Ferdinand of Bavaria and Infanta María Teresa of Spain.[2] Her parents were first cousins, both grandchildren of Isabella II of Spain. Prior to her birth, her uncle, King Alfonso XIII, declared that any children born of her parent's marriage would be Infantes or Infantas of Spain. She was christened María de las Mercedes Teresa María de la Paz Fernanda Adalberta Cristina Antonia Isidra Raimunda Josefa Jesusa Fausta Francisca de Borja y Todos los Santos on 11 October 1911 at the Royal Palace of Madrid. Her godparents were Infanta María de la Paz of Spain (her paternal grandmother) and Prince Adalbert of Bavaria (her paternal uncle, for whom Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies stood proxy).[3] She had two elder brothers, Luis Alfonso (1906–1983) and José Eugenio (1909–1966), and one younger sister, María del Pilar (1912–1918). Her mother died in 1912. Her father remarried her late mother's lady-in-waiting, Doña María Luisa de Silva y Fernandez de Henestrosa, Duchess of Talavera de la Reina.

Following the establishment of the Second Spanish Republic in 1931, the family fled to Germany.

Marriage and issueEdit

On 29 August 1946, Infanta María de las Mercedes married Irakli Bagration of Mukhrani in San Sebastián.[4]

Against the advice of Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia, Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona, head of the Spanish royal family in exile, did not recognize the union as dynastic. Therefore, her children were not in the line of succession to the Spanish throne. In 1948, Irakli's sister, Leonida, married Grand Duke Vladimir, which the Grand Duke considered dynastic.[5]

They had two children:

Princess María de las Mercedes died on 11 September 1953 in Madrid from a pre-existing heart condition. She is buried in the Pantheon of the Princes at the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bagration Genealogy (Retrieved 4 June 2016)
  2. ^ "Gaceta de Madrid" (PDF). Boletín Oficial del Estado. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  3. ^ "BAUTIZO DE LA INFANTA DOÑA MERCEDES". ABC. 11 October 1911. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  4. ^ Wittelsbach Genealogy (Retrieved 4 June 2016)
  5. ^ 1946 Decree of the Head of the Russian Imperial House Archived 19 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Dona Maria de las Mercedes de Baviera y de Borbon, Infanta d'España (Retrieved 4 June 2016)
  7. ^ María de las Mercedes de Baviera (Retrieved 4 June 2016)

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