“Portrait of Maria Christina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Queen Consort of Spain” (1830) (detail) by Vicente López y Portaña (1772-1850).


The Signs as Queens : Libra - Isabel II Of Spain

Born in October 1830 , Isabel (or Isabella) II was Queen of Spain and accessed the throne as an infant. However, her succession led to the Carlist Wars, for that the Carlists refused to see the country ruled by a woman. She had to abdicate in 1870 and her son Alfonso XII followed her on the throne. She died in April 1904. 

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Margaret of Austria (1584 – 1611)

She was daughter of Archduke Charles II of Austria, son of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, and Maria Anna of Bavaria. Margaret married King Philip III of Spain, her first cousin, when she was only fifteen years old. Margaret  became a very influential figure at her husband’s court. Philip had an “affectionate, close relationship” with Margaret, and paid her additional attention after she bore him a son in 1605, the future Philip IV. The Venetian ambassador Francesco Soranzo reported that Philip III loved his queen very dearly. The royal couple had eight children. Queen Margaret was also a great patroness of the arts. She was considered by contemporaries to be a very pious Catholic and “astute and very skillful” in her political dealings.

Alongside the Empress Maria, widow of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II, and the latter’s daughter Archduchess Margaret, who lived as a nun in Madrid, Queen Margaret formed a circle of women wielding considerable influence over the king. Queen Margaret consistenly sought to negotiate favourable marriages for her sisters, and successfully arranged for them to marry important princes. She defended the interests of her Austrian Habsburg relatives at the Spanish court.

The queen was “melancholic” and unhappy about the influence of Duke of Lerma, whom she considered corrupt, over her husband, and continually fought him for influence over the king. The Duke of Lerma tried to isolate Philip III from Margaret. The queen died while giving birth to her youngest child, Alfonso, in 1611. When she died at the age of twenty-six, rumors abounded that she had been poisoned by the Duke of Lerma’s close associate, Rodrigo Calderón, whom the queen had criticized openly. Numerous Spaniards bemoaned the great loss Margaret’s death meant for the Spanish kingdoms; there were even those who claimed that Margaret of Austria had died a martyr.

Her husband never remarried and died ten years later. The Duke of Lerma was eventually removed from power in 1618, though only after Margaret’s death. Her daughter Anne married the French King Louis XIII and was Regent of France during the minority of her grandson Louis XIV. Her daughter Maria Anna was Holy Roman Empress and Queen of Hungary and Bohemia as wife of Emperor Ferdinand III.

Elena Rivera played Margaret of Austria in TV Series “El Ministerio del Tiempo” (2017)



Spanish Women in the Golden Age: Images and Realities by Magdalena S. Sánchez, Alain Saint-Saëns

Maria Amalia of Saxony (Maria Amalia Christina Franziska Xaveria Flora Walburga; 24 November 1724 – 27 September 1760) was a German princess from the House of Wettin, the daughter of Augustus III of Poland and the wife of Charles III of Spain; she was the Queen consort of Naples and Sicily from 1738 till 1759 and then Queen consort of Spain from 1759 until her death in 1760. 

She was the mother of thirteen children, many of whom died in childhood. A popular consort, she oversaw the construction of the Caserta Palace outside Naples as well as various other projects in her husband’s domains. Moving to Spain in 1759, she then set about the improvements to the Royal Palace of Madrid but died before its completion. Maria Amalia was politically active and openly participated in state affairs in both Naples and Spain.