History - OnThisDay - August 4th. 1906 - Princess Marie José of Belgium

August 4th 1906 marks the birth of Princess Marie José of Belgium.



Family

She was born in Ostend as the youngest child and only daughter of
King Albert I of Belgium and his consort Duchess Elisabeth of
Bavaria.

Love & Marriage

On January 8th. 1930, Princess Marie José of Belgium married in Rome
Prince Umberto of Italy. See also a previous my blogpost on this link

The couple would have four children.

Princess of Piedmont

In 1939, Princess Marie José was made president of the Italian Red Cross.



May Queen

After World War II, King Victor Emmanuel III withdrew from government,
later he abdicated.

Umberto became King of Italy on May 9th. 1946 and Princess Marie José,
his Queen Consort.

However on June 2nd. 1946, the monarchy was abolished in Italy and the
Royal Couple left their country on July 13th. 1946. So Marie José often is
called the May queen.

In their exile the family lived a while together in Portugal. Later Princess
Marie José moved to Switzerland and Umberto stayed in Portugal.

In Switzerland she inspired a musical contest: the Queen Marie José
international music composition prize, which is held bi-annual since
2000.

Death

Princess Marie José, the last Queen Consort of Italy, died on
January 27th. 2001 in Thonex Switzerland.

She was buried at the Hautecombe Abbey in Savoy, France.
At the funeral there were a lot of Royal guests inter alia:

- King Albert II of Belgium,
- King Juan Carlos I of Spain,
- Farah Diba.


Source pictures: Wikipedia