Memorial for HM King Francesco II
Photo by New York Scugnizzo*
On January 8, 1859 Francesco married Maria Sofia of Bavaria, daughter of Duke Maximilian, by proxy in Munich. The newlyweds met for the first time in Bari with much fanfare on February 3rd. Sadly, they had only one child, Christina Louise Pia (1868), who died when she was only six months old.
|HM Francesco II di Borbone|
After the Battle of Volturno (Sept. 30—Oct. 1) and his valiant defense at Gaeta, Francesco II was forced to surrender to the Piedmontese led by the bloodthirsty war criminal, General Cialdini.
After the fall of Rome in 1870, their Majesties the King and Queen divided their time between Paris and Bavaria. Suffering from diabetes, Francesco II died in Arco, in the Trentino region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire on December 27, 1894. Now buried inside the Basilica di Santa Chiara in Napoli, many are working towards the beatification of this devoutly religious King.
|His Majesty lying in state|
O Triune God, who from your throne of mercy turns your gaze upon us, and who called to your following Francis II of Bourbon, electing him a King upon the earth, modeling his life to the same kingship of the crucified and risen Jesus Christ, instilling in his heart sentiments of love and patience, of humility and clemency, of peace and forgiveness, cloaking him with the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, accept our plea and help us walk in his steps and live their virtues. Glorify him, we beseech you, upon the earth, as we believe he has already been glorified in heaven, and grant us through his prayer, that we may receive the graces which we need. Amen.