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Princess Bona Margherita of Savoy-Genoa

Bona Margherita
Princess Konrad of Bavaria

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Princess Bona shortly after her marriage to Prince Konrad in May 1921.
Spouse Prince Konrad of Bavaria
Issue
Princess Amalie Isabella of Bavaria
Prince Eugen of Bavaria
Full name
Italian: Maria Bona Margherita Albertina
House House of Savoy (by birth)
House of Wittelsbach (by marriage)
Father Prince Thomas, Duke of Genoa
Mother Princess Isabella of Bavaria
Born (1896-08-01)1 August 1896
Castle d'Agliè, Piedmont
Died 2 February 1971(1971-02-02) (aged 74)
Rome, Italy
Burial Andechs Abbey, Germany
Religion Roman Catholic

Princess Bona Margherita of Savoy-Genoa (Maria Bona Margherita Albertina; later Princess Konrad of Bavaria; 1 August 1896 – 2 February 1971) was a daughter of Prince Thomas, Duke of Genoa and Princess Isabella of Bavaria.[1] Since her 1921 marriage to Prince Konrad of Bavaria, she was known by the style Princess Konrad of Bavaria.

Family and early life

Bona Margherita was the third of six children born to Prince Thomas, Duke of Genoa and his wife Princess Isabella of Bavaria. Her father was a grandson of King Charles Albert of Sardinia. Among her siblings were Ferdinando, 3rd Duke of Genoa; Filiberto, 4th Duke of Genoa; and Eugenio, 5th Duke of Genoa. Her mother Isabella was a granddaughter of Ludwig I of Bavaria.

Through her aunt Margherita of Savoy, she was a cousin of Victor Emmanuel III of Italy.

Bona Margherita was born at Castle d'Agliè, Piedmont.[2] Her father had bought the eleventh-century castle right before his marriage with Isabella. They passed their honeymoon there.[2]

Marriage

On January 8, 1921, Bona Margherita married her second cousin Prince Konrad of Bavaria.[1] He was the youngest son of Prince Leopold of Bavaria and Archduchess Gisela of Austria. Through his father, he was a great-grandson of Ludwig I of Bavaria, and through both parents was a grandson of Franz Joseph I of Austria. The wedding took place at the Castle Agliè in Piedmont, Italy (where she was born). It was attended by King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, Crown Prince Umberto, and the Duke of Aosta, among others.[2] The wedding is notable for being the first royal marriage between two enemy houses since World War I began and ended.[2] It was also remarkable as a gathering of royals representing the houses of Habsburg, Savoy, and Wittelsbach.[2]

They had two children:

Name Birth Death Notes
Princess Amalie Isabella of Bavaria 1921 1985 married Umberto Poletti; had issue
Prince Eugen of Bavaria July 16, 1925[3] January 1, 1997 married Countess Helene von Khevenhüller-Metsch; no issue

Later life

At the end of the Second World War, Prince Konrad was arrested by the French military at Hinterstein. He was brought to Lindau and temporarily interned in the hotel Bayerischer Hof, together with among others the German Crown Prince Wilhelm and the former Nazi diplomat Hans Georg von Mackensen. Princess Bona, who worked during the war as a nurse, stayed afterwards with her relatives in Savoy. She was prohibited from entering Germany and was not reunited with her family until 1947. In later years Prince Konrad worked on the Board of German automaker NSU.

Bona Margherita died on February 2, 1971 in Rome.[1] Her tomb can be found in the church of the Andechs Abbey, in Germany. Her husband Prince Konrad died on September 6, 1969.

Ancestry

References

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