Maria Isabel of Braganza
|Queen Maria Isabel|
|Queen Consort of Portugal
Infanta of Portugal
|Queen consort of Spain|
|Tenure||29 September 1816 – 26 December 1818|
|Born||19 May 1797
Palace of Queluz, Portugal
|Died||26 December 1818
Royal Palace of Aranjuez, Aranjuez, Spain
|Spouse||King Ferdinand VII of Spain
(m. 1816 - 1818; her death)
|Infanta María Luisa Isabel
Infanta María Luisa Isabel
|Father||King John VI of Portugal|
|Mother||Infanta Carlota Joaquina of Spain|
Maria Isabel was again pregnant soon after the birth of her firstborn, but the birth was a difficult one. The baby was in breech and the physicians soon found that the child had died. Maria Isabel stopped breathing soon thereafter and the doctors thought she was dead; when they started cutting her up to extract the dead fetus, she suddenly shouted in pain and collapsed on her bed, bleeding heavily.
She died on 26 December 1818 in the Palace of Aranjuez while giving birth to a large, stillborn daughter and was buried at the Escorial, having failed to provide her husband with an heir to the throne.
It is due to Queen Maria Isabel's dedication and affection for the art world that she managed to gather many treasures from the past and create a royal museum, which would end up being the beginnings of Museo del Prado. It opened on 19 November 1819, a year after the Queen's death.
- Infanta María Luisa Isabel of Spain (21 August 1817 – 9 January 1818)
- Infanta María Luisa Isabel of Spain (26 December 1818), stillborn.
Honours and arms
- Geneall.net (retrieved 30 March 2012).
Maria Isabel of BraganzaBorn: 19 May 1797 Died: 26 December 1818
Princess Maria Luisa of Parma
|Queen consort of Spain
Maria Josepha Amalia of Saxony