Maximilian had adopted Don Salvador as co heir along with his cousin
Don Augustin in September 1865.
Don Salvador de Iturbide, Prince of Mexico, was born at Mexico City
the son of the Emperor Augustin I's 8th child and third son Don Salvador
by his wife Doña Rosario de Marzan y Guisasola. Don Salvador was adopted
and created joint heir (or second in line) along with his cousin Don
Augustin by the Emperor Maximilian in 1865.
Following the fall
of the second Empire, Don Salvador remained in Europe. He was educated
at the college of St. Barbe in Paris. After the completion of his
studies he moved to Vienna and from there petitioned the Emperor Franz
Josef for a pension that he deemed was due him as the adopted son
and heir of the Emperor Franz Josef's murdered brother Maximilian.
Whilst in Vienna he was befriended by the very rich Hungarian Baron
Gyula Gaspar Mikos de Tarrodhaza who had just returned from a long
journey through South America. Baron Gyula Gaspar was a great South
Americaphile and was hoping to obtain various letters of introduction
from Don Salvador for his next trip to Argentina, Chile and Peru.
brother Baron Johann Mikos was already know to Don Salvador as he
had served in the Imperial Mexican Army as a volunteer and so it was
that Don Salvador was invited to the Mikos family's castle and estate
in Mikos Szeplak.
Don Salvador was introduced to the Baron's sister, the Baroness Gizella.
The introduction turned to romance and on the 21st of June 1871 Don
Salvador and Baroness Gizela were married at Mikos castle in Hungary.
The best man at the wedding was Don Salvador's closest friend the
Baron Ferdinand Tunkl von Aschbrunn and Hohenstadt whose son latter
married his daughter.
daughters we born of this union. Following their marriage Don Salvador
and Doña Gizela lived at Mikos castle, which they rented from Baron
Johann Mikos. Later however Baron Johan, who had the reputation of
being a bit eccentric, he had founded a society and magazine dedicated
to spiritualism, decided to sell his castle and estate without mentioning
this fact to Don Salvador. Don Salvador took offence and moved his
family to Venice where they rented a palazzo from Count Zeno on the
and Doña Gizela became leading figures in Venetian society. Don Salvador
became close friends with Don Carlos (VII) the Duke of Madrid and
Carlist pretendant to the throne of Spain. Don Carlos awarded both
Don Salvador and Doña Gizela the personal order of Carlos. In an article
in the New York Times about Venetian Society, Don Salvador was referred
to by the author as the “handsomest man in Venice”.
correspondence between Don Carlos and Don Salvador ensued most of
which has survived and is still in the Iturbide private family archives.
was an indifatiguable traveller who visited most of Europe’s
major cities. When not travelling or socialising he pursued his claim
for restitution against the then government of Mexico. He was awarded
a pension by the Emperor Franz Josef but regularly petitioned to have
1895 whilst visiting Ajaccio in Corsica he became ill and died of
a ruptured appendix aged 45. His remains were returned to Venice and
he is buried on the island of San Michele in Venice.
Doña Gizela remained in Venice where she made the acquaintance of
Count Emil Jenison-Walworth. On 14 May 1900 they were married at Paddington
in London. The Jenison-Walworth’s were an ancient noble family
from County Durham and appear in the doomsday book. They lost most
of their estates at the time of the reformation. In the 18th century
the Jenison-Walworth family emigrated to Germany and were subsequently
elevated to the rank of count. Count Emil Jenison-Walworth died at
Nice in 1910 and his wife remained in France until 1918 whereupon
she returned to Austria and died in a nursing home in Graz in 1921.