Prince Giuseppe of Naples and Sicily

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Giuseppe of Naples and Sicily (Giuseppe Carlo Gennaro;[1] 18 June 1781 – 19 February 1783) was Prince of Naples and Sicily. He died of smallpox aged two years.

Prince Giuseppe
Born 18 June 1781
Royal Palace, Kingdom of Naples
Died 19 February 1783 (aged 2)
Caserta Palace, Kingdom of Naples
Burial Basilica of Santa Chiara, Naples
Full name
Italian: Giuseppe Carlo Gennaro
House House of Bourbon
Father Ferdinand IV of Naples
Mother Maria Carolina of Austria


Prince Giuseppe (Joseph) was born at the Royal Palace of Naples[1] to King Ferdinand IV of Naples and his Austrian consort Maria Carolina of Austria, daughter of Empress Maria Theresa.

A member of the House of Bourbon, he was a Prince of Naples and Sicily by birth.

He was the ninth child of his parents and their fourth son. At the time of his birth, he was third in line to the throne after his brother Prince Francis, then Duke of Calabria and Prince Gennaro. His oldest brother Carlo, Duke of Calabria (d.1778) died of smallpox[2] aged 3 and the next in line, Francis became heir apparent.

His sisters included the future Holy Roman Empress, Grand Duchess of Tuscany. His younger sister's Princess Maria Cristina, was the wife of the future Charles Felix of Sardinia and Queen of Sardinia; Maria Cristina's twin Princess Maria Cristina Amelia died in 1783 of smallpox. Another sister was the Queen of the French[2] and the youngest was the future Princess of Asturias.

His cousins included a Duke of Parma, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Holy Roman Emperor, Queen of Portugal, King of Spain, a Duchess of Calabria, the first wife of his older brother Ferdinand.[3]

At the age of two the prince caught smallpox which eventually killed him. He died at the Caserta Palace and was buried at the Basilica of Santa Chiara, Naples; his sister Princess Maria Cristina Amelia died a week after Giuseppe did.

Painting of the family of Ferdinando IV (Angelica Kauffmann, 1782)
The Royal Family of Naples and Sicily in 1783, Angelica Kauffman; (L-R) Princess Maria Teresa; the future King Prince Francis; his father King Ferdinand; his, mother Maria Carolina of Austria holding Princess Maria Cristina Amelia's twin sister; Prince Gennaro (died in 1789); Princess Maria Amalia in the arms of Princess Luisa; the royal couple’s seventh child was stillborn during the preparation phase for the painting. The artist then painted a veil over the child already in the cradle, which had been clearly visible in the modello.


Ancestors of Prince Giuseppe of Naples and Sicily
16. Louis, Dauphin of France
8. Philip V of Spain
17. Duchess Maria Anna of Bavaria
4. Charles III of Spain
18. Odoardo II Farnese
9. Elisabeth of Parma
19. Dorothea Sophie of the Palatinate-Neuburg
2. Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies
20. Augustus II of Poland
10. Augustus III of Poland
21. Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
5. Maria Amalia of Saxony
22. Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor
11. Maria Josepha of Austria
23. Wilhelmina Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg
1. Prince Giuseppe of Naples and Sicily
24. Charles V, Duke of Lorraine
12. Leopold, Duke of Lorraine
25. Eleonora Maria of Austria
6. Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor
26. Philippe I, Duke of Orléans
13. Élisabeth Charlotte d'Orléans
27. Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate
3. Maria Carolina of Austria
28. Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor
14. Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor
29. Eleonor Magdalene of the Palatinate-Neuburg
7. Maria Theresa of Austria
30. Louis Rudolph, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
15. Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
31. Princess Christine Louise of Oettingen-Oettingen

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 18 June 1781 – 19 February 1783 His Royal Highness Prince Giuseppe of Naples and Sicily

References and notes

  1. ^ a b va des Pas, Leo. "Prince Giuseppe Carlo Gennaro of Naples and Sicily". Retrieved 2010-02-17.
  2. ^ a b Dyson. C.C, The Life of Marie Amelie Last Queen of the French, 1782-1866, BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2008, p. 33.
  3. ^ They were the parents of the famous duchesse de Berry

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