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Gregoria Maximiliana of Austria
Portrait of Archduchess Gregoria Maximiliana, by Jakob de Monte, ca. 1592/93
Archduchess Gregoria Maximiliana of Austria (22 May 1581 - 20 September 1597) was a member of the House of Habsburg.
In 1596 the Admiral of Aragon arrived to Graz and had deliver to the Spanish court portraits of Gregoria Maximiliana and her two younger sisters in marriageable age, Eleanor and Margaret. Shortly after, Gregoria Maximiliana was betrothed to the Prince of Asturias, future King Philip III. Although the Prince, after seeing the portraits he preferred Margaret, his father King Philip II chose Gregoria Maximiliana as his bride, mainly because she was the older.
On 17 September 1597 the Prince of Asturias made a visit to the Imperial court in Graz. At this time, Gregoria Maximiliana was seriously ill and she compared her suffering to the prisoners of the Turkish sultan. Three days later, she died aged sixteen, and was in buried in Seckau Abbey. Gregoria Maximiliana's fiancé married her sister Margaret in 1599.
Ancestors of Archduchess Gregoria Maximiliana of Austria