Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Passing of Princess Maria Immaculata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1937-2020)


Princess Maria Immaculata of the Two Sicilies

It is with sadness that we report the recent passing in Spain of Princess Maria Immaculata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. She died at Mallorca today, 14 May, and her funeral is to take place tomorrow, 15 May, in the strictest intimacy. Her death was communicated to us by one of her children. Maria Immaculata was eighty-two years-old.

Princess Cecilia Lubomirskaya and Prince Gabriele of the Two Sicilies

The princess was born on 25 June 1937 at Warsaw as the daughter of Prince Gabriele of the Two Sicilies (1897-1975) and his second wife Princess Cecilia Lubomirska (1907-2001), who had wed in 1932. Maria Immaculata had three full siblings: Prince Giovanni (1933-2000), Princess Maria Margarita (1934-2014; married Luis Gonzaga Maldonado y Gordon), and Prince Casimir (b.1938; married Princess Maria Cristina of Savoy-Aosta). From Prince Gabriele's first marriage in 1927 to Princess Malgorzata Czartoryska (1902-1929), the princess had one older half-brother, Prince Antonio (1929-2019; married Duchess Elisabeth of Württemberg).

The marriage of Princess Maria Immaculata and Miguel Garcia de Saéz y Telleca

On 29 June 1970 at San Carlos, Ibiza, Maria Immaculata married Don Miguel Garcia de Saéz y Tellecea (6 September 1921-12 March 1982), the son of Guillermo Garcia de Saéz and Margarita Tellecca. Educated at Cambridge and the Sorbonne, Miguel was a Spanish politician who eventually attained the position of director general of the National Institute of Emigration. Maria Immaculata and Miguel had two children: Don José-Luis Garcia de Saéz y de Borbón (b.Madrid 3 March 1972) and Doña Maria-Ilia (Cecilia) Garcia de Saéz y de Borbón (b.Madrid 11 December 1973). The couple divorced on 25 October 1979; they received a religious annulment on 24 April 1980. Princess Maria Immaculata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies was a Dame Grand Cross of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George.

Prince Alfonso of the Two Sicilies, Count of Caserta
Princess Maria Antonietta of the Two Sicilies, Countess of Caserta

Princess Maria Immaculata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies was a granddaughter of Prince Alfonso of the Two Sicilies (1841-1934), Count of Castera, and his wife and first cousin Princess Maria Antonietta of the Two Sicilies (1851-1938). The princess was a great-granddaughter of King Ferdinando II of the Two Sicilies (1810-1859) and his second wife Archduchess Theresa of Austria (1816-1867). Maria Immaculata was a first cousin of the following Grand Dames of the Gotha: Princess Lucia of the Two Sicilies, the last Duchess of Genoa; Princess Maria de las Mercedes of the Two Sicilies, Countess of Barcelona; and Princes Maria de la Esperanza of the Two Sicilies, Princess Pedro Gastão of Brazil.

Maria Immaculata

May The Princess Rest In Peace.

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