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Infanta Maria Josepha of Portugal

Infanta Maria Josepha of Portugal

Portuguese infanta
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Portuguese infanta
Gender female
Birth 19 March 1857 (Bronnbach, Reicholzheim, Wertheim am Main, Main-Tauber)
Death 11 March 1943 (Munich, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany)
Star sign Pisces
Mother: Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
Father: Miguel I of Portugal
Siblings: Miguel Januário of BraganzaInfanta AdelgundesDuchess of GuimarãesInfanta Marie Anne of PortugalInfanta Maria Antonia of PortugalInfanta Maria Theresa of PortugalInfanta Maria das Neves of Portugal
Spouse: Karl Theodor, Duke in Bavaria
Children: Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of BelgiumDuchess Marie Gabrielle in BavariaDuke Ludwig Wilhelm in Bavaria (1884–1968)Duke Franz Joseph in BavariaDuchess Sophie Adelheid in Bavaria
The details

Infanta Maria José of Portugal (Maria José Joana Eulália Leopoldina Adelaide Isabel Carolina Micaela Rafaela Gabriela Francisca de Assis e de Paula Inês Sofia Joaquina Teresa Benedita Bernardina; 19 March 1857 – 11 March 1943), sometimes known in English as Maria Josepha, was a Portuguese infanta, later Duchess in Bavaria by marriage. She was the maternal grandmother of King Leopold III of Belgium.


Duchess Maria Josepha in Bavaria, by Joseph Albert, c.1874

Maria José was the fourth child and third daughter of King Miguel I of Portugal and his wife Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg. Among her sisters were Maria Ana, Grand Duchess of Luxemburg and Maria Antónia, Duchess of Parma. Her only brother was Miguel, Duke of Braganza.

On 29 April 1874 she married Karl Theodor, Duke in Bavaria, the younger brother of Empress Elisabeth of Austria.

The couple lived in Munich, where they founded the Herzog Carl Theodor Eye Clinic, that still exists today.

Maria José died in Munich at the age of 85, and is buried in Tegernsee Abbey.


Titles and styles

  • 19 March 1857 – 29 April 1874: Her Royal Highness Infanta Maria Josepha of Portugal
  • 29 April 1874 – 11 March 1943: Her Royal Highness The Duchess in Bavaria


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