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Maria Manuela, Princess of Portugal

Maria Manuela, Princess of Portugal

Portuguese princess
The basics
Occupations Queen consort
Countries Portugal
Gender female
Birth October 15, 1527 (Coimbra)
Death August 22, 1545 (Valladolid)
Mother: Catherine of AustriaQueen of Portugal
Father: John III of Portugal
Siblings: PhilipPrince of PortugalManuelPrince of PortugalJoão ManuelPrince of PortugalAfonsoPrince of Portugal
Spouse: Philip II of Spain
Children: CarlosPrince of Asturias
Authority Library of congress id VIAF id
The details

Dona Maria Manuela (15 October 1527–12 July 1545) was the eldest daughter and second child of King John III of Portugal and his wife Catherine of Austria. She was Princess of Asturias as the first wife of the future Philip II of Spain, and Princess of Portugal as heir presumptive to the Portuguese throne between 1527 and 1535.

Early life

Maria was born in Coimbra on 15 October 1527 and was one of the few children of John III to survive childhood. In her youth, Maria received a humanistic education that was considered typical for a princess of her time. She married her cousin Philip on 12 November 1543 at Salamanca. She gave birth to their son Don Carlos on 8 July 1545, but died four days later due to a haemorrhage in Valladolid.


Coat of arms of Maria Manuela of Portugal as Princess of Asturias

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