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Maria Isabella of Spain
Queen consort of the Two Sicilies
Spouse Francis I of the Two Sicilies
Francis, Count of Balzo
Princess Luisa Carlotta
Maria Christina, Queen of Spain
Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies
Charles Ferdinand, Prince of Capua
Leopold, Count of Syracuse
Maria Antonia, Grand Duchess of Tuscany
Antonio, Count of Lecce
Princess Maria Amalia
Maria Carolina, Countess of Montemolin
Theresa Christina, Empress of Brazil
Louis, Count of Aquila
Francis, Count of Trapani
House House of Bourbon
House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Father Charles IV of Spain
Mother Maria Luisa of Parma
Born 6 July 1789(1789-07-06)
Madrid, Spain
Died 13 September 1848 (aged 59)
Portici, Two Sicilies

Maria Isabella of Spain (Spanish: Maria Isabel de Borbón y Borbón-Parma; (6 July 1789, Madrid - 13 September 1848, Palace of Portici) was a daughter of Charles IV of Spain. She married her first cousin Francis I of the Two Sicilies.



Maria Isabella was the youngest surviving daughter of King Carlos IV of Spain (1748-1819) and his wife Maria Luisa of Parma (1751-1819), a granddaughter of Louis XV of France. Her paternal grandparents were Charles III of Spain and Maria Amalia of Saxony. Her maternal grandparents were Philip, Duke of Parma and Princess Louise-Élisabeth of France. Charles III and Philip were brothers, both sons of Philip V of Spain and his second wife Elisabeth of Parma.


On 6 July 1802, Maria Isabella married her first cousin Prince Francis of Naples and Sicily by proxy in Barcelona. Francis was the eldest son of Ferdinand III of Sicily/Ferdinand IV of Naples and his first wife Marie Caroline of Austria. Ferdinand was her paternal uncle, a younger brother of her father.

She was sent to meet her new husband and a second marriage ceremony took place in Naples on 19 August 1802. This time married in person. The bride was thirteen years old and the groom twenty-five. Her mother-in-law, Queen Marie Caroline, wrote about her first impressions of the young Maria Isabella:

A fine, fresh, healthy face, not Bourbon in the least, but white and red, with black eyes. She is very stout and sturdy, yet her legs are very short. So much for her exterior. The rest cannot be described because I myself cannot understand it. She is null in every respect, knowledge, ideas, curiosity. Nothing, absolutely nothing. She speaks a little Spanish but neither Italian nor French, and only monosyllables, Yes or No, indiscriminately. She smiles all the time, whether she is pleased or not...

On 4 January 1825, her father-in-law Ferdinand I died and Francis succeeded to the throne. Maria Isabella served as his Queen consort. Her husband reportedly took little part in the government, which he left in the hands of favourites and police officials, and lived with his mistresses, surrounded by soldiers, ever in dread of assassination. He died on 8 November 1830.


Francis and Maria Isabella had twelve children:

Late years

Maria Isabella remained a widow for nine years. On 15 January 1839, Maria Isabella married her second husband Francis, Count of Balzo (1805 - 1882). The bride was fifty years old and the groom thirty-four.


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Maria Isabella of Spain
Born: 6 July 1789 Died: 13 September 1848
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Lucia Migliaccio of Floridia
(Royal consort)
Queen Consort of the Two Sicilies
4 January 1825-8 November 1830
Succeeded by
Maria Christina of Savoy


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