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Infanta Maria Francisca of Portugal

Infanta Maria Francisca of Portugal

Portuguese infanta
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AKA S. A. R. María Francisca de Braganza, Doña María Francisca de Braganza, Doña María Francisca de Braganza Infanta de Portugal y España, S. A. R. María Francisca de Braganza Infanta de Portugal y España, Infanta de Portugal María Francisca, Doña María Francisca de Asís, Infanta de España Braganza y Borbón, Infanta de Portugal y España, María Francisca de Assis da Maternidade Xavier de Paula de Alcántara Antónia Joaquina Gonzaga Carlota Mónica Senhorinha Soter e Caia, María Francisca de Asís de Borbón, María Francisca de Asís, María Francisca de Asís Borbón, S. A. R. Doña María Francisca de Braganza Infanta de Portugal y España, María Francisca, S. A. R. Doña María Francisca de Braganza, María Francisca de Braganza, María Francisca de Braganza Infanta de Portugal y España, Infanta María Francisca de Asís, María Francisca de Asís de Bourbon
Date of birth Queluz National Palace, Queluz, Portugal, Sintra, Lisbon District
Date of death Sep 11, 1834 Alverstoke, Gosport, Gosport, Hampshire
Family
Father: John VI of Portugal
Children: Juan, Count of Montizón Infante Carlos, Count of Montemolin Infante Fernando of Bourbon and Braganza
Spouse: Infante Carlos, Count of Molina
Sister(s): Infanta Maria da Assunção of Portugal Maria Isabel of Portugal Infanta Isabel Maria of Portugal Infanta Ana de Jesus Maria of Portugal Maria Teresa Princess of Beira
Brother(s): Miguel I of Portugal Francisco António Prince of Beira Pedro I
Mother: Carlota Joaquina of Spain
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Infanta Maria Francisca of Braganza (Portuguese pronunciation: [mɐˈɾiɐ fɾɐ̃ˈsiʃkɐ]; English: Mary Frances); full name: Maria Francisca de Assis da Maternidade Xavier de Paula e de Alcântara Antónia Joaquina Gonzaga Carlota Mónica Senhorinha Sotera e Caia de Bourbon e Bragança; 22 April 1800 – 4 September 1834) was a Portuguese infanta (princess) daughter of King John VI of Portugal and his spouse Carlota Joaquina of Spain.

Biography

Maria was born in Queluz, Portugal. On 22 September 1816 in Madrid, she married her uncle Infante Carlos Maria Isidro of Spain, "Count of Molina". The couple had three children:

In 1833, Maria Francisca, her husband and children were exiled from Spain because they refused to recognize Isabella II as heiress to the Spanish throne. They went first to Portugal and then to Alverstoke, Hampshire, UK. While in Hampshire, Maria became ill and died on 4 September 1834.

A crowd of several thousand were known to have visited the village to pay their respects as her body lay at the rectory of St Mary's Gosport, where her funeral was held and a marble stone honours her memory. Although initially interred in St Mary's Catholic Church Gosport, Maria Francisca's remains were later transferred to Trieste Cathedral in Italy, for burial at the Royal Pantheon of the Braganza Dynasty.

Four years after her death, Carlos remarried, to Maria Francisca's own sister Maria Teresa, Princess of Beira.

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