- Charles Felix of Sardinia
Charles Felix King of Sardinia Reign 12 March 1821 – 27 April 1831 Predecessor Victor Emmanuel I Successor Charles Albert Spouse Maria Cristina of Naples and Sicily Full name Carlo Felice Giuseppe Maria di Savoia House House of Savoy Father Victor Amadeus III of Sardinia Mother Maria Antonietta of Spain Born April 6, 1765
Royal Palace of Turin, Turin
Died April 27, 1831(aged 66)
Palazzo Chablais, Turin
Burial Basilica of Superga, Turin, Italy
Carlo Felice di Savoia was born in Turin as the eleventh child and fifth son born to Victor Amadeus III of Savoy and Maria Antonietta of Spain. His paternal grandparents were Charles Emmanuel III of Savoy and his German wife Polyxena Christina of Hesse-Rotenburg. His maternal grandparents were French born King Philip V of Spain and his Italian wife Elizabeth Farnese.
He was a younger brother of two other rulers of Savoy Charles Emmanuel IV and Victor Emmanuel I. He spent his childhood with his sister Maria Carolina and Count of Moriana where they lived at the Castle of Moncalieri. Carlo Felice was reported as having a closed character, prone to loneliness, with an almost ascetic (which for some time, had flashed the ecclesiastical career) and a sacral conception of the monarchy and the right to reign. With the Napoleonic occupation of Piedmont in 1796, he lost the crown of Savoy, the Duchy of Savoy and area of Genevois. Carlo Felice, who was titled Duke of Genevois, obtained the title of Marquis of Susa in compensation for his nominal loss.
He was a younger brother of Charles Emmanuel IV of Savoy and Victor Emmanuel I of Savoy. He was not expected to ever succeed to the throne. However Charles Emmanuel never had any children and abdicated the throne on June 4, 1802. Victor Emmanuel had four living daughters when he abdicated the throne in 1821. As the succession was regulated by the Salic Law, Charles Felix succeeded his brother on the throne.
He was married by proxy to Princess Maria Cristina of Naples and Sicily (January 17, 1779- March 11, 1849) on 7 March 1807. She was a daughter of Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies and Maria Carolina of Austria, sister of Marie Antoinette.
Charles Felix died without issue after a reign of ten years. He was succeeded by the senior male of his House as Charles Albert of Savoy after he died in Turin at the Palazzo Chablais which had been given to him by his sister Princess Maria Ana of Savoy.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Titles and styles
- 6 April 1765 – 12 March 1821 His Royal Highness the Duke of Genevois
- 12 March 1821 – 27 April 1831 His Majesty the King of Sardinia
- écartelé, en 1 d'argent, à la croix de gueules, cantonnée de quatre têtes de maures de sable, tortillées d'argent, en 2 grand quartier parti en 1 burelé d'azur et d'argent de dix pièces au lion de gueules armé lampassé et couronné d'or brochant sur le tout et en 2 d'argent à la croix potencée d'or cantonné de quatre croisettes de même, en 3 grand quartier d'argent à la croix de gueules et en 4 grand quartier de gueules à la croix d'argent brisé d'un lambel d'azur, sur le tout d'or à l'aigle de sable, sur le tout du tout de gueules à la croix d'argent
1st Generationnone 2nd Generation 3rd Generation 4th GenerationPrince Luigi · Carlo, Prince of Piedmont · Philibert, Duke of Savoy · Prince Bernardo · Charles, Duke of Savoy · James Louis, Count of Genevois · Prince Gian Claudio Galeazzo · Prince Girolamo · Philibert, Duke of Savoy · Charles, Duke of Savoy · Prince Louis · Philippe, Duke of Nemours · Prince Assolone · Prince Giovanni Amedeo · Prince Emanuele Filiberto Adriano · Prince Louis · Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy 5th GenerationCharles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy · Jacques, Duke of Nemours 6th Generation 7th Generation 8th Generation 9th GenerationVictor Amadeus, Prince of Piedmont · Charles Emmanuel III, King of Sardinia · Emanuele Philibert, Duke of Chablais · Louis Victor, Prince of Carignano · Eugenio, Count of Villafranca · Prince Tommaso · Emmanuel Thomas, Count of Soissons 10th GenerationVictor Amadeus, Duke of Aosta · Victor Amadeus III, King of Sardinia · Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta · Carlo, Duke of Chablais · Carlo, Duke of Aosta · Benedetto, Duke of Chablais · Victor Amadeus II, Prince of Carignano · Prince Tommaso · Eugene Jean, Count of Soissons · Giuseppe Maria, Count of Villafranca 11th Generation 12th Generation 13th GenerationVictor Emmanuel II, King of Italy · Ferdinand, Duke of Genoa 14th Generation 15th Generation 16th GenerationUmberto II of Italy · Amedeo, Duke of Aosta*** · Aimone, Duke of Aosta*** 17th Generation 18th Generation 19th generationPrince Umberto*** · Prince Amedeo*** *member of a cadet branch of the House of Savoy
**Prince of Savoy-Genoa
***Prince of Savoy-Aosta
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