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Countess Palatine Anne Christine of Sulzbach


Countess Palatine Anne Christine of Sulzbach

Anne Christine of Sulzbach
Princess of Piedmont
Tenure 15 March 1722 – 12 March 1723
Spouse Charles Emmanuel, Prince of Piedmont
Vittorio Amedeo, Duke of Aosta
Father Theodore Eustace of Sulzbach
Mother Maria Eleonore of Hesse-Rotenburg
Born (1704-02-05)5 February 1704
Palace of Sulzbach-Rosenberg
Died 12 March 1723(1723-03-12) (aged 19)
Royal Palace of Turin, Turin
Burial Basilica of Superga, Turin, Italy

Anne Christine of Sulzbach (Anne Christine Louise; 5 February 1704 – 12 March 1723), also called Anne of the Palatinate, was a princess of the Bavarian Circle of the Holy Roman Empire and first wife of Charles Emmanuel, Prince of Piedmont. She died as a result of giving birth.


Anne Christine was born a Countess Palatine of Sulzbach.[1] She was the daughter of Theodore Eustace, Count Palatine of Sulzbach (1659–1733), a member of the house of Wittelsbach, and Maria Eleonore of Hesse-Rotenburg, daughter of William, Landgrave of Hesse-Rotenburg.

Anne Christine was the niece of Ernest Leopold, Landgrave of Hesse-Rotenburg and first cousin of the Queen of Sardinia,[2] princesse de Condé and Princess of Carignan.

Her parents had married in 1692, Anne Christine was their eighth child. Her older brother John Christian was the successor of their father as Count Palatine. Her older sister Francisca Christina was Abbess of the prestigious Essen Abbey.

On 15 March 1722 at Vercelli, she married Charles Emmanuel of Savoy, Prince of Piedmont and later King of Sardinia as Charles Emmanuel III. He was the second son of Victor Amadeus II, Duke of Savoy, King of Sardinia and Anne Marie d'Orléans and had been heir apparent to the Savoyard throne since 1715 at the death of Victor Amadeus, Prince of Piedmont. The following year, she gave birth to a son who was created the Duke of Aosta. She died a few days later on 12 March 1723 at the age of nineteen in Turin. She was the sister of Joseph Charles Emmanuel, Count Palatine of Sulzbach (1694–1729) and Johann Christian, Count Palatine of Sulzbach (1700–1733), father of Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria. Her only child died in 1725 in his second year, thus she has no descendants. She was buried at Turin Cathedral and was moved to the Basilica of Superga in Turin in 1786.


  • Vittorio Amedeo Theodore of Savoy (7 March 1723 – 11 August 1725), died in infancy; buried at Superga.


Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 5 February 1704 – 15 March 1722 Her Serene Highness Countess Palatine Anne Christine of Sulzbach
  • 15 March 1722 – 12 March 1723 Her Royal Highness The Princess of Piedmont

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