Isabel Luísa, Princess of Beira

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Isabel Luísa
Princess of Beira
Isabel Luisa de Braganca (close-up).PNG
Portrait of Infanta Isabel Luísa by Duprà, 1725
Born (1669-01-06)6 January 1669
Ribeira Palace, Lisbon, Kingdom of Portugal
Died 22 October 1690(1690-10-22) (aged 21)
Palhavã, Kingdom of Portugal
Burial Royal Pantheon of the Braganza Dynasty
Full name
Isabel Luísa Josefa
House House of Braganza
Father Peter II of Portugal
Mother Maria Francisca of Savoy

Infanta Isabel Luísa of Portugal (Lisbon, 6 January 1669 – Palhavã, 21 October 1690) was a Portuguese infanta and the sole daughter of Peter II of Portugal and his first wife and former sister-in-law Maria Francisca of Savoy. She was the presumptive heir to the throne of Portugal between 1668 and 1689, the year her half-brother John was born.[1] As such, she was styled Princess of Beira.

Biography[edit]

Isabel Luísa was the only child of Peter II of Portugal and his first wife, the French born Princess Marie Françoise of Savoy. She was born at the Ribeira Palace in 1669.[citation needed]

Marriage prospects[edit]

It was planned that she would marry Victor Amadeus II of Savoy, a first cousin through her aunt Marie Jeanne, Duchess of Savoy, then regent for her son. The marriage was opposed by most of the Savoyard court as it meant that Victor Amadeus would live in Portugal and his mother would remain in power. But that plan was not implemented.

Other proposed candidates included Gian Gastone de' Medici (future Grand Duke of Tuscany), le Grand Dauphin son of Louis XIV, Charles II of Spain, the Duke of Parma as well as a Count Palatine of Neuburg.[2] Nothing came of these plans. For this she was nicknamed Sempre-noiva, "Always-engaged".

Death and burial[edit]

She died of smallpox in 1690 when she was just 21 years old. Isabel Luísa is buried at the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora in Lisbon after being moved from the Convent of the Francesinhas.

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HEIRESSES TO THRONES". www.guide2womenleaders.com. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Death of Isabel Luísa, Pss of Beira". www.unofficialroyalty.com. Retrieved 1 October 2012. [permanent dead link]