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Maria Cristina I of Naples (1806–1878)

Maria Cristina I of Naples (1806–1878)

Queen and regent of Spain. Name variations: María Cristina; Maria Cristina of Naples or María Christina I of Naples; Cristina of Naples; Christina of Naples; Marie-Christine of Sicily; Maria Cristina de Borbón or Bourbon. Born in Naples, Italy, April 27, 1806; died at Havre, France, Aug 22 or 23, 1878; dau. of Francis I, king of the Two Sicilies (r. 1825–1830), and Marie Isabella of Spain (1789–1848); dau. of Francis I, king of the Two Sicilies (r. 1825–1830), and Marie Isabella of Spain (1789–1848); sister of Teresa Cristina of Bourbon (1822–1889, empress of Brazil); became 4th wife of Ferdinand VII, king of Spain (r. 1813–1833), Dec 11, 1829; secretly m. a soldier named Agustín Fernando Muñoz y Sánchez in an irregular ceremony on Dec 28, 1833; children: (1st marriage) Isabella II (1830–1904) and Luisa Fernanda (1832–1897); (2nd marriage) four more.

Ferdinand VII's 1st wife was Maria Antonia of Naples (1784–1806); his 2nd was Maria Isabel of Portugal (1797–1818); his 3rd was Maria Josepha of Saxony (1803–1829).

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