Vittoria della Rovere

Grand Duchess consort of Tuscany (1622-1694)

Vittoria della Rovere (7 February 1622–5 March 1694) was Grand Duchess of Tuscany as the wife of Grand Duke Ferdinando II.

Vittoria della Rovere
Grand Duchess of Tuscany
Consort6 April 1637 – 23 May 1670
Duchess of Rovere and Montefeltro
Tenure23 April 1631 - 5 March 1694
Born(1622-02-07)7 February 1622
Ducal Palace of Pesaro, Duchy of Urbino
Died5 March 1694(1694-03-05) (aged 72)
Ducal Palace of Pisa, Tuscany
SpouseGrand Duke Ferdinando II
IssueCosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany
Francesco Maria, Duke of Rovere
Full name
Vittoria della Rovere
HouseHouse of Medici
House of La Rovere
FatherFederico Ubaldo della Rovere, Duke of Urbino
MotherClaudia de' Medici

She gave her husband four children, two of which would survive infancy the future Cosimo III and Francesco Maria de' Medici, Duke of Rovere and Montefeltro. She was the Duchess of Rovere and Montefeltro in her own right and these went to her youngest son when she died. She was later the guardian of her three grandchildren. Her marriage bought a lot of art treasures to the House of Medici which are today at the Palazzo Pitti Uffizi Gallery in Florence. She did not get on with her daughter in law Marguerite Louise d'Orléans.

She was the daughter of Claudia de' Medici. She and her husband Ferdinando II were first cousins.

Children change

  1. Cosimo de' Medici, Grand Prince of Tuscany (19 December 1639 - 21 December 1639) died in infancy.
  2. Unnamed daughter (1640)
  3. Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (14 August 1642 – 31 October 1723) married Marguerite Louise d'Orléans and had issue.
  4. Francesco Maria de' Medici (12 November 1660 – 3 February 1711) married Eleonora Luisa Gonzaga, no issue.

Titles, styles, honours and arms change

Arms of Rovere as Grand Duchess of Tuscany

Titles and styles change

  • 7 February 1622 – 6 April 1637 Her Highness Vittoria della Rovere, Princess of Urbino
  • 6 April 1637 – 23 May 1670 Her Most Serene Highness The Grand Duchess of Tuscany
  • 23 May 1670 – 5 March 1694 Her Most Serene Highness The Dowager Grand Duchess of Tuscany