- Infanta Benedita of Portugal
Infanta Benedita Princess of Brazil Spouse Joseph, Prince of Beira Father Joseph I of Portugal Mother Infanta Mariana Victoria of Spain Born 25 July 1746
Lisbon, Kingdom of Portugal
Died 18 August 1829(aged 83)
Lisbon, Kingdom of Portugal
Burial Monastery of São Vicente de Fora Religion Roman Catholicism
Benedita of Portugal (Maria Francisca Benedita Ana Isabel Antónia Lourença Inácia Teresa Gertrudes Rita Joana Rosa de Bragança; 25 July 1746 – 18 August 1829) was a Portuguese infanta and the youngest daughter of King Joseph I of Portugal and his wife Mariana Victoria of Spain.
Benedita was born in Lisbon she was named after Pope Benedict XIV. She was well educated. She was educated in music by Davide Perez and in painting by Domingos Sequeira: a panel made by her and her sister can still be seen in the Estrela Basilica. On February 21, 1777 she married her nephew, Joseph, Prince of Beira, heir apparent of the heiress presumptive (and proclaimed heir, i.e. her sister Maria) to the throne of Portugal, as the eldest son of the future Queen Mary I. Maria Francisca Benedita and Joseph had no children, however she miscarriaged twice: firstly in 1781 and secondly in 1786.
Three days after their wedding, Benedita's father king Joseph died and Maria succeeded him as queen regnant. Infante José became the new crown prince, being given the titles Prince of Brazil and 16th Duke of Braganza. Benedita became crown princess with the title Princess of Brazil.
In 1788 her husband Joseph died and Benedita became Dowager Princess of Brazil, as she was known during the rest of her long life. In contrast to other dowagers, who founded convents and churches, she chose to found the military hospital Asilo de Inválidos Militares de Runa. She followed the royal family on their exile to Brazil in 1808.
Benedita died in Lisbon and is buried in the national pantheon at the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora.
AncestorsInfanta Benedita of PortugalCadet branch of the House of AvizBorn: 17 December 1734 Died: 20 March 1816
Portuguese royalty Preceded by
Maria I of Portugal
Princess of Beira
21 February 1777 - 24 February 1777
VacantTitle next held byTeresa of Portugal Preceded by
Maria I of Portugal
Princess of Brazil
24 February 1777 - 11 September 1788
VacantTitle next held byCarlota of Spain House of Braganza John IVChildren Peter IIChildren include John VChildren Joseph IChildren include Maria I and Peter IIIChildren include John VIChildren include Pedro IVChildren includeGrandchildren MiguelChildrenGrandchildrenGreat grandchildrenGreat-great grandchildren Maria II and Ferdinand IIChildren 1st Generation 2nd Generation 3rd GenerationLeonor, Queen of Denmark • Infanta Maria 4th Generation 5th GenerationConstance, Queen of Castile and León • Maria, Lady of Menezes and Orduña • Isabel, Lady of Penela • Infanta Constança • Beatriz, Lady of Lemos 6th GenerationMaria, Queen of Castile and León • Infanta Isabel • Leonor, Queen of Aragon 7th GenerationMaria, Marchioness of Tortosa • Beatriz, Countess of Alburquerque 8th GenerationBeatriz I • Infanta Branca • Isabel, Duchess of Burgundy • Infanta Branca 9th Generation 10th GenerationLeonor, Queen of Portugal and the Algarve • Isabel, Duchess of Braganza • Infanta Catarina • Saint Joana, Princess of Portugal 11th Generation 12th Generation 13th GenerationIsabella Clara Eugenia, Co-Sovereign of the Habsburg Netherlands* • Catherine Michelle, Duchess of Savoy* • Infanta Maria* 14th GenerationAnna, Queen of France* • Infanta Maria* Maria Anna, Holy Roman Empress* • Infanta Margarita Francisca* 15th Generation 16th Generation 17th Generation 18th Generation 19th GenerationInfanta Maria Isabel • Mariana Vitória, Infanta of Spain • Infanta Maria Clementina 20th Generation 21st GenerationMaria II • Januária Maria, Princess Imperial of Brazil** • Infanta Paula Mariana** • Infanta Francisca** • Infanta Maria Amélia** • Maria das Neves, Duchess of San Jaime • Maria Teresa, Archduchess of Austria • Maria Josepha, Duchess in Bavaria • Adelgundes, Duchess of Guimarães • Maria Ana, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg • Maria Antónia, Duchess of Parma 22nd GenerationInfanta Maria*** • Maria Ana, Crown Princess of Saxony*** • Antónia, Princess of Hohenzollern*** • Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil** • Infanta Maria da Glória*** • Leopoldina, Princess Ludwig August of Saxe-Coburg-Kohary** • Maria Teresa, Princess Karl Ludwig of Thurn und Taxis • Isabel Maria, Princess of Thurn und Taxis • Infanta Maria Benedita • Infanta Mafalda • Maria Anna, Hereditary Princess of Thurn und Taxis • Infanta Filippa Maria • Maria Antónia, Mrs. Chanler • Maria Adelaide, Mrs. van Uden 23rd Generationnone 24th GenerationInfanta Maria Ana*** • Infanta Maria Francisca*also an infanta of Spain, **also an imperial princess of Brazil, ***also a princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duchess in Saxony 1st Generation 2nd GenerationInfanta Urraca of Castile • Aurembiaix, Countess of Urgell • Jeanne, Countess of Flanders 3rd GenerationMatilda II, Countess of Boulogne • Sancha Fernández de Lara 4th GenerationInfanta Violante Manuel of Castile 5th GenerationInfanta Beatrice of Castile 6th Generation 7th GenerationMaria Teles de Menezes • Constance de Trastámara, Lady of Alba de Tormes • Juana de Trastámara, Lady of Cifuentes 8th GenerationInfanta Eleanor of Aragon • Infanta Isabella of Aragon • Isabella of Braganza 9th GenerationCharlotte, Queen of Cyprus • Infanta Beatriz of Portugal* 10th GenerationInfanta Leonor of Portugal* • Isabella, Princess of Asturias 11th GenerationIsabella, Princess of Asturias • Guiomar de Coutinho • Isabella of Braganza 12th Generation 13th GenerationCountess Emilia of Nassau^ • Luísa Osório^ 14th Generation 15th Generation 16th Generationnone 17th Generation 18th Generationnone 19th GenerationInfanta Benedita of Portugal* • Infanta Carlota of Spain 20th Generation 21st GenerationPrincess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis • Princess Maria Theresa of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg • Princess Maria Amalia of the Two Sicilies** • Infanta Maria Cristina of Spain** 22nd GenerationAnita Stewart Morris • Princess Francisca of Orléans and Braganza 23rd Generation 24th GenerationPrincess Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern*also an Infanta of Portugal by birth, **also an infanta of Spain, ^position as infanta not accepted
- held the title in her own right
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