Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies

Princess Maria Annunciata Isabella Filomena Sabasia of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, full Italian name: Maria Annunziata Isabella Filomena Sabasia, Principessa di Borbone delle Due Sicilie (24 March 1843 – 4 May 1871) was the mother of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the archduke whose assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 precipitated the start of World War I.

Archduchess Maria Annunciata
Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Archduchess of Austria.jpg
Born(1843-03-24)24 March 1843
Royal Palace of Caserta, Caserta, Two Sicilies
Died22 May 1871(1871-05-22) (aged 28)
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
(m. 1862)
Italian: Maria Annunziata Isabella Filomena Sabasia
HouseBourbon-Two Sicilies
FatherFerdinand II of the Two Sicilies
MotherArchduchess Maria Theresa of Austria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Maria Annunciata on her deathbed, 1871

Early lifeEdit

Maria Annunciata was born in Caserta, the daughter of King Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies and his wife Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria.

Personal lifeEdit


On 21 October 1862 in Venice, she married Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria as his second wife. They had four children :


She died in Vienna, aged 28, from tuberculosis.


External linksEdit

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