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Infanta Maria Josepha of Portugal

Maria José
Duchess in Bavaria

File:Duchess Maria Josefa in Bavaria.jpg
Spouse Karl Theodor, Duke in Bavaria
Elisabeth, Queen of the Belgians
Marie Gabrielle, Crown Princess of Bavaria
Ludwig Wilhelm, Duke in Bavaria
Full name
Maria José Joana Eulália Leopoldina Adelaide Isabel Carolina Micaela Rafaela Gabriela Francisca de Assis e de Paula Inês Sofia Joaquina Teresa Benedita Bernardina
Father Miguel I of Portugal
Mother Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
Born 19 March 1857
Schloss Bronnbach
Died 11 March 1943(1943-03-11) (aged 85)
Munich, Germany
Burial Tegernsee Abbey
Religion Roman Catholic

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 – Munich, March 11, 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.


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 II, Duke of Braganza.

She married on April 29, 1874, Karl-Theodor, Duke in Bavaria, the younger brother of Elisabeth of Bavaria, better known as "Sissi".

The couple lived in München, where they founded the Herzog Carl Theodor Eye Clinic, that still exists today.
Maria José died in 1943 at the age of 85, and is buried in Tegernsee Abbey.


See also

  • Descendants of Miguel I of Portugal
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