Maria Christina of Austria
Elisabeth Franziska of Austria

Queens Regent – Maria Christina of Austria

A regent is “a person appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated.” Maria Christina of Austria was born on 21 July 1858 as the daughter of Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria. She was Princess-Abbess of the Theresian Royal and Imperial Ladies Chapter [read more]

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Isabella II of Spain

Queens Regnant – Isabella II of Spain

Isabella was born in Madrid on 10 October 1830 as the eldest daughter of King Ferdinand VII of Spain and his fourth wife, who was also his niece, Maria Christina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. Her father had been married three times before, but he had only had two short-lived children with his second wife. His first [read more]

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Aragon

Queens Regnant – Isabella I of Castile

Isabella was not born to be a Queen. She was born on 22 April 1451 as the daughter of John II, King of Castile and his second wife Isabella of Portugal. She had an older half-brother from her father’s first marriage to Maria of Aragon, the future Henry IV of Castile. A younger brother, Alfonso, was [read more]

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England

Queens Regnant – Mary I of England

England’s first Queen regnant was born on 18 February 1516 to Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII of England, and she was to be their only child to survive infancy. She grew up under the pressure of several suitors, first to the French Dauphin and later to her first cousin Charles V. Mary was educated [read more]