The Infanta Pilar and the Infanta Margarita with their families.
Seven generations of Royal Sisters→ Infantas of Spain.
The Infanta Catalina Micaela of Spain and Portugal (1567-1597), daughter of Felipe II and Duchess of Savoy through her marriage to Charles Emmanuel I.
Catalina Micaela was very close to her older sister Isabel Clara Eugenia and her father. Her early death at 30 was a terrible blow to both of them and the elderly Spanish King would die a year later in 1598. Her three eldest sons moved to their uncle’s court in Madrid to complete their education in 1903.
Her third son, Emmanuel Filibert of Savoy, entered in the service of her brother King Felipe III in 1610. His uncle made him Grand Admiral and appointed him Viceroy of Sicily.
Her eldest daughter, Margaret of Savoy, Duchess consort of Mantua and Montferrat, was appointed Vicereine of Portugal by her cousin King Felipe IV. She died in her mother’s native Spain 15 years after Portugal’s independence.
Queen Isabel II of Spain´s daughters : Infantas Eulalia, Maria del Pilar, Isabel and Maria de la Paz. Late 1870s.
Her Royal Highness Doña María de las Mercedes de Orléans y Borbón, Infanta of Spain and Princess of Orléans in 1877.
In 1878 the Infanta married her cousin Alfonso XII against Alfonso’s mother and the government’s wishes, who wanted an alliance with an European princess. 17 years old on her wedding day, she became the youngest Queen consort of Spain and the first and only one who has been born in Spain. She died six months later, two days after her 18th birthday, on June 26 1878 at the Royal Palace in Madrid.
A town was named, in memoriam, Reina Mercedes (Queen Mercedes), in the province of Isabela (named after her aunt Isabel II) in the Philippines, itself named (Las Filipinas) for King Felipe II.
Las infantas Isabel Clara Eugenia y Catalina Micaela, 1575. Detail.
The Infanta Catalina Micaela, daughter of Felipe II
Infanta Maria de la Paz of Spain.