Maria de las Mercedes (1910–2000)

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Maria de las Mercedes (1910–2000)

Countess of Barcelona and mother of Juan Carlos I . Name variations: Mercedes of the Two Sicilies; Maria Mercedes; Maria-Mercedes; Maria Mercedes of Bourbon; María de Borbón; princess of Bourbon-Sicily. Born Maria de la Mercedes Christine Januaria Isabel Louise Caroline Victoria on December 23, 1910, in Madrid, Spain; died on January 2, 2000, in her residence on the Canary Island of Lanzarote; daughter of Carlos, prince of Bourbon-Sicily, also known as Charles of Bourbon (1870–1949), prince of the Two Sicilies, and Louise of Orleans (1882–1952); married John or Juan (1913–1993), also known as Juan de Borbón y Battenberg, count of Barcelona, on October 12, 1935; children: Maria del Pilar (b. 1936); Juan Carlos I (b. 1938), king of Spain (r. 1975—); Margarita Maria (b. 1939); Alfonso or Alphonso (1940–1956, who died in a shooting accident).