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Re: Portugal and France
Posted by Pedro
on 6/6/2018, 3:32:08, in reply to "Spain
Two Austrian Queens of Portugal: Maria Ana (consort of King João V) and Leopoldina (consort of Pedro IV, I of Brazil).
The present Count of Paris married firstly Duchess Marie-Therese of Württemberg. His grand-uncle Philippe, Duke of Orleans (Head of the RF) married German-speaking Archduchess Maria Dorothea of Austria.
Carlos III and Fernando VII married Princesses of Saxony.
Alfonso XII married Maria Cristina of Austria. Until the dissolution of the German Confederation, Austria was considered part of Germany.
So it seems that of all the Latin countries, this was the only one known to frequently intermarry with German houses. Not that it didn't happen with the French, Spanish, and Italian royals, but that it happened far less frequently. I see that the Braganzas of Portugal and Brazil married members of the houses of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Kohary), Loewenstein, Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, Leuchtenberg, Wittelsbach, and Nassau-Weilburg. The most important thing was that they were Catholics of *equal* birth.
I don't know why the Spanish royals didn't marry German royals, excepting the Bavarians ... A French pretender married Duchess Helena of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, but that seems to have been an exception. But Bourbon-Two Sicilies (whatever might be said about Bourbon-Parma) regularly married German and Austrian royals.
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