|Infanta Luisa Fernanda|
|Duchess of Montpensier|
Portrait by Federico de Madrazo y Kuntz, 1851
|Born||30 January 1832|
Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain
|Died||2 February 1897 (aged 65)|
San Telmo Palace, Seville, Spain
|Burial||2 February 1897|
Infantes Pantheon, Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
(m. 1846; died 1890)
|Infanta Isabel, Countess of Paris|
Infanta Maria Amelia
Infanta María Cristina
Infanta Maria de la Regla
Mercedes, Queen of Spain
Infante Antonio, Duke of Galliera
|Father||Ferdinand VII of Spain|
|Mother||Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies|
|Royal styles of|
Infanta Luisa Fernanda of Spain,
Duchess of Montpensier
|Reference style||Her Royal Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Royal Highness|
Infanta María Luisa Fernanda of Spain, Duchess of Montpensier (30 January 1832 – 2 February 1897) was Infanta of Spain and Duchess of Montpensier. She was the youngest daughter of King Ferdinand VII of Spain and his fourth wife Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, the queen-regent, who was also his niece.
When her elder sister Isabella II of Spain succeeded to the throne, Infanta Luisa Fernanda was heiress-presumptive to the crown between 1833 and 1851, when Isabella's oldest surviving daughter was born.
Luisa Fernanda was engaged to the Duke of Montpensier, the youngest son of King Louis Philippe, who also was Luisa's mother's first cousin.
Luisa Fernanda, only 14 years old, and Antoine, 22, had their nuptials on 10 October 1846 as a double wedding with Isabella and Francis', and young Antoine was elevated to the rank of an Infante of Spain. The couple moved to Paris and later to Sevilla. The relationship between Isabella and her sister was tense, due to Antoine's conspiracies against the queen.
Antoine's father was deposed in 1848. The same year, the then 16-year-old Luisa Fernanda gave birth to their first child, Maria Isabel. After Isabella was deposed, the family went into exile. Luisa returned to Sevilla years later, already widowed, where she died. She is buried at Escorial.
Of all her children, just Isabelle de Paris and Antonio di Galliera left children. Through Antonio, the now non-royal line of dukes di Galliera continues. Alfonso's grandchildren lost royal status due to non-dynastic marriages. The current Duke di Galliera is Alfonso's great-grandson, Don Alfonso Francesco de Orléans-Borbón y Ferarra-Pignatelli.
Through Marie Isabelle, she became great-grandmother of king Manuel II of Portugal, Amedeo, Duke of Aosta, Aimone, Duke of Spoleto and Luis Filipe, Duke of Braganza; great-great-grandmother of Juan Carlos I of Spain and Henri, Count of Paris.
Arms of alliance of Infanta Luisa Fernanda and her husband
|Ancestors of Infanta Luisa Fernanda, Duchess of Montpensier|