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Re: Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2006, 04:10:56 PM »
This portrait is only a detail of a big family portrait that hangs at the Green Room, Palace of Ajuda, in Lisbon, which was the residence of King Luis and Queen Maria Pia.
After King Luis's death, his son King Carlos and Queen Amelia lived at Palace of Necessidades. Maria Pia continue to live at Ajuda with her younger son, Afonso.


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Re: Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2006, 04:49:54 PM »
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To the Court and Government she might have been a proud and capricious Queen. To the people she was a pious one with the ability of generate love and fidelity among her lowly subjects. To this day she is known for her generosity, and constant work to help the poor.


Queen Maria Pia founded in Lisbon the "Victor Emanuel's Children Care" on 1st November 1878.

When Queen Maria Pia was told that a great fire killed many people in Theatre Baquet, at Oporto city, in March 1888, she immediately took a train from Lisbon, with her son and dressed in mourning, during a heavy rainy night.
In Oporto she walked through the narrow and dirty streets giving many words of confort and money to everybody. In that city, the people called Maria Pia "The Charity Angel" and "Mother of the Poors".
Today, in Oporto, the most important children's hospital is named after her - "Maria Pia's Hospital" - and was founded in 1883.

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Re: Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal
« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2006, 01:11:01 AM »
I wonder if there are books on Maria Pia ?  ???

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Re: Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal
« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2006, 08:11:19 AM »
Grand Duke,

I'm a bit confused. I was under the impression that  they all lived together.After D.Luiz's death, D. Carlos and D. Amelia moved from the Palace in Belem, today the presidencial Palace, to the Ajuda Palace. It was D. Maria Pia who was suppose to move to the Palace of Necessidades with D. Afonso, but it never happened...am I right?

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Re: Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal
« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2006, 03:43:52 PM »
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The Palace of Necessidades was the royal residence of Queen Maria II and King Pedro V.
After the dramatic deaths of Pedro V and his brothers, by typhoid, King Luís left the palace closed and went to Palace of Ajuda with Maria Pia.
When D. Carlos married D. Amelia they lived in Palace of Belém, where their 2 sons were born.
After King Luiz's death, D. Carlos didn't want to move his mother from Ajuda, so he, his wife and sons went to live to the Palace of Necessidades (if you can read Portuguese, you can find this info at: Palácio das Necessidades).
Maybe there were plans to move Maria Pia to the Palace of Necessidades with D. Afonso, but it never happened. But I don't know about those details.

The 2 Queens never lived together: during the Summer the Royal family went to Sintra but Maria Pia was in the Palace of Vila (in the bottom of a mountain) and Amelia was in the Palace of Pena (in the top of the mountain).

LOL LOL LOL

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Re: Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal
« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2006, 05:56:26 PM »
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I wonder if there are books on Maria Pia ?  ???


There is a photobiography edited by Palácio Nacional da Ajuda in 1987 (together with another of D.Luis).

I read in the portuguese message board Genea that a book will be edited to celebrate the reburial of the Queen.

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Re: Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal
« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2006, 02:34:45 AM »
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My dear Queen Maria Pia




The tiara she's wearing looks like the Braganza diamond tiara, now in possesion of the Swedish royal family. 8)

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Re: Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal
« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2006, 02:58:42 AM »
Grand Duke,

Thank you for clarifying that. I thought it was a rather strange arrangement, but alas, I was wrong  :P

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Re: Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal
« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2006, 03:17:44 AM »
Just one further question. Is the Palace of Necessidades open to the public? If not, what are the chances of maybe scheduling a private tour? I know it is used as the Foreign Office, but in Britain government buildings are opened to the public for a couple of days a year. Is it the same in Portugal?

Also, any idea of when the mortal remains of Queen Maria Pia will be transfered to Portugal? Would love to be there for that.

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Re: Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal
« Reply #24 on: February 25, 2006, 12:51:58 PM »
I`m so glad to read, what so many people like Queen Maria Pia! She is the reason for my nicknahme La Rainha! A wonderful person!
I know, that her husband gave her as present a very special crown, the Star Tiara! I saw photos with Queen Amelia with this wonderful diadem , but no good one from Dona Maria Pia!
Has somebody from you such a photo?

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Re: Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal
« Reply #25 on: February 27, 2006, 02:24:38 PM »
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Just one further question. Is the Palace of Necessidades open to the public? If not, what are the chances of maybe scheduling a private tour? I know it is used as the Foreign Office, but in Britain government buildings are opened to the public for a couple of days a year. Is it the same in Portugal?

Also, any idea of when the mortal remains of Queen Maria Pia will be transfered to Portugal? Would love to be there for that.


The Foreign Office is closed to the public.
Specially now when we have a FO Secretary praising the Iranian Government  :-X and very understanding to the islamics on the cartoon matters.

But on another board, a fellow poster told me how he visited the Royal Apartments.
"I went to the archives of the Ministério de Negócios Estrangeiros (For. Office) to do a research and I asked its director, Senhora D.Isabel Fevereiro, the permit to visit the palace and she kindly asked an employee to make a tour with me.
But please, mind that I went to the archives first..."
So it will be worth to try.

As to the date when Queen D.Maria Pia will return, apparently nobody knows.
I suppose the Royal Pantheon would need great works to allow her dignified return.


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Re: Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal
« Reply #26 on: March 01, 2006, 04:33:57 PM »
Queen Maria Pia, c. 1865 (with c. 18 years-old).



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Re: Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal
« Reply #27 on: March 13, 2006, 06:49:35 AM »
I love this photo from Maria Pia, with her sister and her sister in law!
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f265/LadyMountbatten/MariaPia.jpg

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Re: Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal
« Reply #28 on: August 04, 2007, 09:43:08 AM »
I have been to the Ajuda Palace and it is wonderful. It was one of the highlights of my trip to Portugal. I went up there by tram from the city centre. There is a lot of evidence of Maria Pia and her husband Luis and two children. Tours are available in English. I bought a wonderful book on Maria Pia there as well as some others.

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Re: Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal
« Reply #29 on: August 04, 2007, 09:55:18 AM »
I bought a wonderful book on Maria Pia there as well as some others.

Then you probably can share some info with us.