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: I know very little about the late Princess
: on a brief scan of her wikipedia profile, I
: note she had 7 full blood siblings, many of
: whom lived long lives yet none apart from
: her married.
: Were there a specific reason for this?
: That's true. From the 8 children of Duke
: Elias and ADss Maria Anna of
: Habsburg-Teschen, only Pss Alicia got
: Not sure about about her siblings except her
: immediate elder sister Pss Giovanna who was
: killed in a shooting accident in Spain at La
: Toledana finca, a property belonging to the
: Infanta Alicia's husband was Infante Alfonso
: of BTS, a well connected but rather
: impoverished prince who had to marry
: "well" both equally and with a
: woman with wealth.
: Infante Alfonso apparently had courted
: richissime Pss Maria Francesca of B.Parma
: (1906-94), 3rd child and 2nd daughter of the
: Dukes of Parma.
: (The B.Parmas were extremely rich at the
: But suddenly he changed of opinion and began
: courting Alicia who was 11 years younger
: than Maria Francesca.
: According to wikipedia, many of the
: princess's aunts and uncles had learning
: Duke Roberto of B.P. was twice married:
: 1st to Pss Maria Pia of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
: (1849-82) 2nd to Infanta D. Maria Antónia of
: Bragança (1862-1959).
: He had 12 children from each wife.
Oops, posted too soon:
From the 1st marriage, most children had learning difficulties or died in infancy.
Only 3 reached adulhood and had normal lifes:
1.Pss Maria Luisa, Tsar Ferdinand of Bulgaria's 1 st wife
9. Pss Beatrice, married to Count Pietro Lucchesi-Palli
10. Duke Elias, Pss Alicia's father
All the children from 2nd wife reached adulthood and had normal lives, got married and had children.
Among them, Empress Zita of Austria, Pr.Sixte and Pr. Xavier of B.Parma or Pr.Felix of Luxembourg.
Only last but one, Pss Enricchetta was deaf.
Several girls went into religion, following their grand-mother's example - Queen D.Adelaide of Portugal became a nun after D.Miguel's death when all her children were already well-married.
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