Marie de Montijo de Guzman Eugénie

[Marie de Montijo de Guzman Eugénie] Empress of the French, born Granada, Spain, 1826; died Madrid, Spain, 1920. The daughter of Count di Montijo and Maria Kirkpatrick, she married Napoleon III in 1853. In 1856 the Prince Imperial was born and baptized by Cardinal Patrizi, legate a latere, who was deputed at the same time to present the Golden Rose to the empress. Of great social and political influence, Eugenie discouraged any tendency to diminish papal temporal power. On the collapse of the empire she fled to England, where she established her residence. After Napoleon's death she was permitted to visit France.

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