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Maria Christina: Spain’s Beloved Queen Regent

Maria Christina Henriette Desideria Felicitas Raineria would serve as Queen Consort of King Alfonso XII of Spain and, after his death and until his son, Alfonso XIII obtained majority, would become her kingdom's Queen Regent.
She was born at Židlochovice Castle near Brno, in Moravia, on July 21, 1858. Her father was daughter of Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria while her mother was Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria. In her youth, she was described as "tall, fair, sensible, and well educated".
On November 29, 1879, she married King Alfonso XII of Spain at the Basilica of Atocha, Madrid. Prior to their marriage, the King took for a wife Princess Mercedes of Orleans. However, their marriage only lasted for only less than a year following Mercedes' untimely death.
Christina gave the King two daughters: Infanta María de las Mercedes of Spain; married Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies; Infanta María Teresa of Spain; married Prince Ferdinand of Bavaria.

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