Infanta Maria Cristina of Spain

Infanta Maria Cristina
Infanta of Spain; Contessa Marone
Born (1911-12-12)12 December 1911
Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain
Died 23 December 1996(1996-12-23) (aged 85)
Burial Marone-Cinzano Pantheon, Turin, Italy
Spouse Enrico Eugenio Marone-Cinzano
(m. 1940–68; his death)
Full name
Spanish: Doña María Cristina Teresa Alejandra María de Guadalupe María de la Concepción Ildefonsa Victoria Eugenia de Borbón y Battenberg
House Bourbon
Father Alfonso XIII of Spain
Mother Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg
Religion Roman Catholic

Infanta Maria Cristina of Spain, Countess Marone (Doña María Cristina Teresa Alejandra María de Guadalupe María de la Concepción Ildefonsa Victoria Eugenia de Borbón y Battenberg; 12 December 1911 – 23 December 1996) was the fourth child of Alfonso XIII of Spain and Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg and paternal aunt of King Juan Carlos I.


Early life

Infanta Maria Cristina was born at the Palacio Real in Madrid, Spain. The Spanish Royal Family left the country in 1931, in the face of Republican demonstrations, settling in Paris, before moving to Fontainebleau.

By 1933 King Alfonso and his daughters, the Infantas Beatriz and Maria Cristina, had moved to Rome. Their father warned would-be suitors of the inherent dangers of hemophilia, from which suffered two of the king's sons (Alfonso and Gonzalo).

Marriage and issue

Royal styles of
Infanta Maria Cristina of Spain,
Contessa Marone
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am
Letterhead of Infanta Maria Cristina.

She renounced her succession rights to the throne of the defunct Spanish crown and, on 10 June 1940, morganatically married Enrico Eugenio Marone-Cinzano (15 March 1895 Turin – 23 October 1968 Geneva) in Rome.[1][2][3] He had been created 1st Conte Marone on 13 May 1940 by Victor Emmanuel III of Italy. He was the son of Alberto Marone and his wife, Paola Cinzano, and was the widower of Noemí Rosa de Alcorta y García-Mansilla, by whom he had issue.

The marriage produced four daughters, ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren:


Infanta Maria Cristina returned to Spain and spent periods of time there, but never lived there permanently. She died in Madrid of a heart attack on 23 December 1996 during a Christmas reunion of the royal family at the Villa Giralda, the residence of her cousin and sister-in-law the Countess of Barcelona. She was given a state funeral but was buried in the Marone-Cinzano Pantheon in Turin.





  1. Tourtchine, Jean-Fred. Le Royaume d'Espagne. Collection "Les manuscrits du CEDRE, dictionnaire historique et généalogique", Paris: Cercle d’études des dynasties royales européennes (CEDRE), 1996. ISSN 0993-3964. Volume III, p. 169.
  2. Eilers, Marlene. Queen Victoria's Descendants. Rosvall Royal Books, Falkoping, Sweden, 1997, pp.117-118.
  3. Zorilla, Francisco. Genealogia de la Casa de Borbon de Espana. Editora Nacional, Madrid, 1971, p. 206.
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