Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
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Queen consort of Portugal
Tenure18 May 1858 – 17 July 1859
Born15 July 1837
Krauchenwies, Sigmaringen, Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Died17 July 1859(1859-07-17) (aged 22)
Necessidades Palace, Lisbon, Portugal
Burial
SpouseKing Pedro V of Portugal
Names
German: Stephanie Josepha Friederike Wilhelmine Antonia
Portuguese: Estefânia Josefa Frederica Guilhermina Antónia
HouseHohenzollern-Sigmaringen
FatherPrince Charles Anthony, Prince of Hohenzollern
MotherPrincess Josephine of Baden
Signature
Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen

Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (Stephanie Josepha Friederike Wilhelmine Antonia; Portuguese: Estefânia; 15 July 1837 – 17 July 1859) was Queen consort of Portugal as the wife of King Peter V of Portugal.

Family

Born in Krauchenwies, Sigmaringen, in 1837, Stephanie was the eldest daughter of Karl Anton, Prince of Hohenzollern, head of the House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, and his wife Princess Josephine of Baden. Her maternal grandparents were Karl, Grand Duke of Baden, and Stéphanie de Beauharnais, adopted daughter of Napoleon.

She was also a younger sister of Leopold, Prince of Hohenzollern, older sister of King Carol I of Romania, and aunt of King Albert I of Belgium.

Marriage

Stephanie married King Peter V of Portugal by proxy on 29 April 1858 at St. Hedwig's Cathedral in Berlin, where her eldest brother Leopold stood in for the groom. She was then married in person on 18 May 1858 at the Church of St. Dominic in Lisbon. Both bride and groom were a few months short of their twenty-first birthdays. Stephanie was received with much luxury and wrote home that the Portuguese understood luxury better than dignity. During her short period as queen, she made herself a good name from the foundation of hospitals.

There were no children from this marriage. Stephanie fell ill with diphtheria and died only a year later in Lisbon at the age of 22. Her body was interred at the Braganza Pantheon inside the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora in Lisbon.[1]

Pedro never married again and died of cholera on 11 November 1861. He was succeeded by his younger brother Luís.

Archives

Stephanie's letters from Portugal to her mother, Josephine of Baden, between 1858 and 1859 are preserved in the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen family archive, which is in the State Archive of Sigmaringen (Staatsarchiv Sigmaringen) in the town of Sigmaringen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.[2]

Stephanie's letters from Portugal to her brother, Leopold of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, between 1858 and 1859 are also preserved in the State Archive of Sigmaringen (Staatsarchiv Sigmaringen).[3]

References

  1. ^ Edmund Lodge (1872). The Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire as at Present Existing ... Hurst & Blackett. p. 54.
  2. ^ "Korrespondenz der Königin Stephanie von Portugal, geb. Prinzessin von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen". Staatsarchiv Sigmaringen. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Korrespondenz der Königin Stephanie von Portugal, geb. Prinzessin von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen". Staatsarchiv Sigmaringen. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen House of Hohenzollern-SigmaringenCadet branch of the House of HohenzollernBorn: 15 July 1837 Died: 17 July 1859 Portuguese royalty Preceded byFerdinand of Saxe-Coburg-Gothaas prince consort Queen consort of Portugal 18 May 1858 – 17 July 1859 Succeeded byMaria Pia of Savoy