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Infanta Maria Josepha of Portugal

Portuguese infanta
The basics
Date of birth Bronnbach, Reicholzheim, Wertheim am Main, Main-Tauber
Date of death Mar 11, 1943 Munich, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany
Mother: Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
Children: Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Belgium Duchess Marie Gabrielle in Bavaria Duke Ludwig Wilhelm in Bavaria (1884–1968) Duke Franz Joseph in Bavaria Duchess Sophie Adelheid in Bavaria
Brother(s): Miguel Januário of Braganza
Father: Miguel I of Portugal
Sister(s): Infanta Adelgundes Duchess of Guimarães Infanta Marie Anne of Portugal Infanta Maria Antonia of Portugal Infanta Maria Theresa of Portugal Infanta Maria das Neves of Portugal
Spouse: Karl Theodor, Duke in Bavaria
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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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