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Prince Ferdinand of Bavaria (Ferdinand Maria Ludwig Franz von Assisi Isabellus Adalbert Ildefons Martin Bonifaz Joseph Isidro; 10 May 1884 – 5 April 1958) was a Spanish prince, the eldest son and child of Ludwig Ferdinand of Bavaria and his wife, Infanta María de la Paz of Spain.[1][2][2] Ferdinand became an Infante of Spain on 20 October 1905[1][3] and renounced his rights to the throne of the Kingdom of Bavaria in 1914.

Prince Ferdinand
Infante Ferdinand of Spain
Born(1884-05-10)10 May 1884
Madrid, Kingdom of Spain
Died5 April 1958(1958-04-05) (aged 73)
Madrid, Spanish State
Infanta María Teresa of Spain
(m. 1906; died 1912)

IssueInfante Luis Alfonso
Infante José Eugenio
Infanta María de las Mercedes
Infanta María del Pilar
Full name
Ferdinand Maria Ludwig Franz von Assisi Isabellus Adalbert Ildefons Martin Bonifaz Joseph Isidro
Fernando María Luis Francisco de Asís Isabelo Adalberto Ildefonso Martín Bonifacio José Isidro
FatherPrince Ludwig Ferdinand of Bavaria
MotherInfanta María de la Paz of Spain

Marriage and issueEdit

Ferdinand married his first cousin, Infanta María Teresa of Spain, second eldest child and daughter[1][2] of Alfonso XII of Spain and his second wife, Maria Christina of Austria,[1][2] on 12 January 1906 in Madrid.[1][2] Ferdinand and María Teresa had four children:[1][2]

This marriage and the granted royal rank in Spain meant that Ferdinand (also known as Infante don Fernando María de Baviera y de Borbón), the third-generation Spanish-Bavarian, committed himself to Spain. His second marriage with a Spanish noblewoman changed nothing in that respect.

Ferdinand married for a second time to María Luisa de Silva y Fernández de Henestrosa, Duchess of Talavera de la Reina, daughter of Luis de Silva y Fernández, 10th Count of Pie de Concha and his wife, Maria de los Dolores Fernández de Henestrosa y Fernández de Córdoba, on 1 October 1914 in Fuenterrabía, Spain. Maria Luisa was also granted the title Infanta of Spain.

Later lifeEdit

Tomb of Prince Ferdinand with members of his family in the crypt of the Almudena Cathedral

Ferdinand survived his mother by 12 years and his father by 9 years. He had Alfonso XIII of Spain as his first cousin and brother-in-law and Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies as another brother-in-law. Spanish claimants Infante Jaime, Duke of Segovia, and Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona, were his nephews.

Titles, styles, honours and armsEdit

Titles and stylesEdit

  • 10 May 1884 – 20 October 1905: His Royal Highness Prince Ferdinand of Bavaria.
  • 20 October 1905 – 5 April 1958: His Royal Highness Infante Ferdinand of Spain, Prince of Bavaria.
Ferdinand (left) with his cousin Infante Alfonso (right) in rayadillo breeches during the Rif War





  1. ^ a b c d e f Darryl Lundy (24 Jul 2005). "Ferdinand Maria Ludwig Franz Prinz von Bayern". Retrieved 2008-11-24.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Paul Theroff. "BAVARIA". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 2008-11-24.
  3. ^ Gaceta de Madrid No. 295, 22/10/1905, p. 277.
  4. ^ a b c Boletín Oficial del Estado
  5. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado