October 23, 1503 – Birth of Isabel of Portugal, wife of King Charles I of Spain (Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor), in Lisbon, Portugal
Isabel was the second child and eldest daughter of King Manuel I of Portugal and his second wife Maria of Aragon. She was the granddaughter of the Catholic Monarchs, Isabel I of Castile and Fernando II of Aragon. Throughout her life, many would compare her to her grandmother for her character and her determination in politics. A woman of great beauty and intelligence, Isabel was undoubtedly the Spanish soul of Charles V who, because of his travels in Europe, spent little time in Spain due to political affairs abroad. It was thanks to the governorships of Empress Isabel that Spain was able to remain independent of imperial policies.
In 1526, she married her cousin, Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor, who fell deeply in love with her. Charles and Isabel had six children, though only three survived to adulthood. She was an excellent and devoted mother, as she raised and cared for her children and ensured their educations, especially that of her son Philip II of Spain, sprouting unto them great knowledge and wisdom and even taught them her native language of Portuguese.
Isabel died on 1 May 1539 at the age of 35, when her sixth pregnancy ended in a stillbirth. The Emperor was left completely devastated by his wife's death that he locked himself up in a monastery for two months, where he prayed and mourned for his wife alone. He could not bring himself to accompany her body to her original burial place in Granada instead send their son Philip. #spanishroyals #spanishroyalty #spanishmonarchy #charlesv #isabelofportugal #holyromanempress #royals #royalty #royaleurope #europeanroyalty #europeanroyals