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Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo (1847 - 1876)
She was a daughter of the Piedmontese aristocracy. Her parents was Carlo Emanuele dal Pozzo, Prince della Cisterna, and Countess Louise Caroline de Mérode-Westerloo. María Vittoria received a solid education. She spoke six languages and had extensive knowledge of many disciplines, from literature to physics or mathematics. When her father died in 1864, her mother lost her mind and refused to bury him. Louise spent the nights watching the body with her two daughters. The smallest died a month later of typhus and grief. Maria Vittoria became the Princess della Cisterna, di Belriguardo, Marchesa di Voghera and Countess di Ponderano in her own right. She was the sole heiress of her father’s vast fortune. She was known as “the rose of Turin”.
Maria Vittoria lived in mourning and silence until she married Prince Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of Aosta, a younger son of King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, on 30 May 1867 in Turin. The King initially opposed the match on the grounds that her family was of insufficient rank, as well as his hopes for his son’s marriage to a German princess. The wedding day of Prince Amedeo and Donna Maria Vittoria was marred by the following tragic events: the best man shot himself, the palace gatekeeper slit his throat, the King’s aide died after falling from his horse, the bride’s wardrobe mistress hanged herself, the colonel leading the wedding procession collapsed and died from sunstroke, and the stationmaster was crushed to death under the wheels of the honeymoon train.
In 1870, following the deposing of Queen Isabella II of Spain, the Duke of Aosta was called by the Cortes to get on the Spanish throne. The new King Amedeo barely spoke Castilian, had little political experience and was never accepted by the Republicans nor the Monarchists. His reign was brief and ended with the abdication after only three years. Amedeo and Maria Vittoria had three sons:
- Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Duke of Aosta (1869 – 1931). Marshal of Italy married to Princess Hélène of Orléans and had issue.
- Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, Count of Turin (1870 – 1946) died unmarried.
- Luigi Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi (1873 – 1933). Vice Admiral in the Italian Royal Navy died unmarried.
Maria Vittoria was a ephemeral, unknown, clever, generous and virtuous queen in a turbulent and unstable country. She endured the affairs of King Amedeo, the humiliations of the Spanish aristocracy and the perpetual fear of an attack. During the short reign of her husband, Queen Maria Vittoria stayed out from any policies activities and she devoted herself to works of charity. She spent a lot of money with permanent donations to churches and other institutions. She founded hospitals for needy children and supported to young people without resources. She opened the first child care center in Spain. Until her death, Maria Vittoria continued to send aid to many needy Spaniards. She was called "mother of the poor".
In 1873, after the fall of the Savoy monarchy in Spain, Amedeo and Maria Vittoria went into exile a few days after of the birth of their third son. They returned to Italy, and shortly after, she died of tuberculosis in Villa Dufour, San Remo, at twenty-nine. Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo was buried in the Basilica of Superga in Turin.
Bárbara Lennie played Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo, Queen of Spain, in the film “Stella Cadente” (2014)
I became an absolute despote at the age of two. The tamtrum got me what I wanted. My demands were frightening and unusual. My passion for order and perfection were unheard of in a child so young. An untied lace on a shoe, a wrinkle on a dress, drove me into fury.
I should have been spanked until I stood in firm peaks.
Bette Davis, The Lonely Life
Phil and Gertie moving into the Sunset Arms as landlords and young marrieds.
November 2nd, 1755 - October 16th, 1793
Tughra (Official Signature) of Sultan Suleiman. Istanbul, Turkey. c. 1555-1560. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper.