Anna of Austria (1549–1580)

Anna of Austria (1549–1580)

Infobox Spanish Royalty|majesty|consort
name = Anna of Austria
title =Queen consort of Spain and Portugal

coronation =
spouse =Philip II of Spain
issue = Philip III of Spain
Maria of Spain
Ferdinand, Prince of Asturias
Diego, Prince of Asturias
royal house =House of Habsburg
royal anthem =
father =Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor
mother =Maria of Spain
date of birth =c. November 1, 1549
place of birth =Badajoz
date of death =October 26, 1580,
place of death =
buried =

Anna of Austria (Cigales, Valladolid, November 1 1549 – Badajoz, October 26 1580), was Queen consort of Spain and Portugal.

She was the first daughter of Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor and Maria of Spain. She was born in Spain, but lived in Vienna from the age of four.


She was betrothed to Don Carlos, son of Philip II and heir to the Spanish throne, but he died in 1568. Philip II lost his third wife in the same year and a marriage was arranged between Anna and Philip II, despite the fact that Philip was also Anna's uncle.
Pope Pius V first opposed the marriage, but finally consented and they were married in Prague on May 4 1570. Philip II and Anna of Austria had 5 children:

* Ferdinand, Prince of Asturias: December 4, 1571October 18, 1578
* Carlos Lorenzo: August 12, 1573June 30, 1575
* Diego, Prince of Asturias: August 15, 1575November 21, 1582
* Philip: April 3, 1578March 31 1621 (future king, Philip III of Spain)
* Maria: February 14, 1580August 5, 1583

In 1580 Philip II obtained the throne of Portugal; Anna became Queen of Portugal. However, she died the same year, victim of a contagious disease which had also struck King Philip.




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