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Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo

Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo
Queen consort of Spain
Tenure 16 November 1870 – 11 February 1873
Spouse Amadeo I
Issue Prince Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta
Prince Vittorio Emanuele, Count of Turin
Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi
Full name
Maria Vittoria Carlotta Enrichetta dal Pozzo
Father Carlo Emanuele dal Pozzo, 5th Prince della Cisterna
Mother Countess Louise de Merode
Born (1847-08-09)9 August 1847
Paris, France
Died 8 November 1876(1876-11-08) (aged 29)
Sanremo, Kingdom of Italy
Burial Basilica of Superga
The Dukes of Aosta.

Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo (Maria Vittoria Carlotta Enrichetta; 9 August 1847 – 8 November 1876) was an Italian noblewoman and was the Princess della Cisterna in her own right. Married to the Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of Aosta, a son of Victor Emmanuel II of Italy she was later the queen of Spain from 1870 until her husband's abdication in 1873. She is an ancestress of the present Duke of Apulia, a claimant to the throne of Italy.


  • Biography 1
  • Marriage 2
  • Issue 3
  • Honours 4
  • Titles and styles 5
  • Ancestry 6
  • References 7
  • See also 8


The only surviving child of Carlo Emanuele dal Pozzo, Prince della Cisterna and his wife Countess Louise de Merode. At the death of her father in 1864 she became the Princess della Cisterna, di Belriguardo, Marchesa di Voghera and Countess di Ponderano in her own right. She died in Sanremo.


On 30 May 1867, in Turin, she married Prince Amadeo of Savoy, Duke of Aosta, a younger son of King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy. An urban legend circulates claiming that numerous tragedies befell Donna Vittoria and Prince Amedeo during their wedding. [1]

She became Queen Consort of Spain when her husband was elected king on 16 November 1870. She lived a discreet life as queen, only involving herself in charity. Amadeo abdicated from the Spanish throne on 11 February 1873. Maria Vittoria then returned to Italy. Her health damaged by the trip and childbirth, she died later the same year of tuberculosis.[1]


  1. Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Duke of Aosta (13 January 1869 – 4 July 1931) Marshal of Italy married to Princess Hélène of Orléans and had issue.
  2. Prince Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, Count of Turin (24 November 1870 – 10 October 1946) died unmarried.
  3. Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi (29 January 1873 – 18 March 1933) Vice Admiral in the Italian Royal Navy died unmarried.


Titles and styles

  • 9 August 1847 – 26 March 1864 Donna Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo
  • 26 March 1864 – 19 February 1867 Princess della Cisterna
  • 19 February 1867 – 30 May 1867 Her Highness The Princess della Cisterna
  • 30 May 1867 – 6 November 1870 Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Aosta
  • 6 November 1870 – 11 February 1873 Her Majesty The Queen of Spain
  • 11 February 1873 – 8 November 1876 Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Aosta


Spanish royalty
Title last held by
Francis of Spain
as King consort
Queen consort of Spain
16 November 1870 – 11 February 1873
Title next held by
Mercedes of Orléans
Italian nobility
Preceded by
Carlo Emanuele dal Pozzo
Princess della Cisterna
26 March 1864 – 8 November 1876
Succeeded by
Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy


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  2. ^ Mediterranean Nobility
  3. ^ Mediterranean Nobility

See also

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