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Barbara of Portugal

Barbara of Portugal – A powerful influence

Barbara of Portugal was born on 4 December 1711 as the eldest child of King John V of Portugal and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria. She was given the name Barbara in honour of Saint Barbara, the saint of her birthday. She was briefly heiress presumptive to the Portuguese throne until her mother gave birth [read more]

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Leonor Princess of Asturias

Female Heirs – Leonor, Princess of Asturias

With the introduction of absolute primogeniture in most European monarchies, there are now several Queens in waiting, though Spain is unfortunately not one of these countries, it still has a female heir. With our series Female Heirs, we’ll be taking a look at those young women who will one day rule in their own right. [read more]