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Maria Anna von der Pfalz-Neuburg
Birth: Oct. 28, 1667
Death: Jul. 16, 1740

German royalty, Queen of Spain. Born in Benrath Palace in Düsseldorf, she was the third daughter of Elector Palatine Philip William and Elisabeth Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt. Upon the death of Marie Louise of Orleans, wife of King Carlos II "The Hexed" of Spain, Maria Anna was chosen as his second wife because of her family's fertility (Carlos was childless) and because her elder sister Eleanore, Holy Roman Empress, would help secure Spain's ties with the Austrian branch of the Habsburgs. They were married by proxy in Ingolstadt on 28 August 1689. Maria Anna did not arrive in Spain until 1690, and they were married in person on 16 May. Maria Anna completely dominated Carlos, who was known for his physical, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. They had no children, probably due to the king's bad health. She constantly locked horns with the king's mother, Mariana of Austria, and involved herself with court politics and intrigues, even her husband's exorcisms. Carlos died on 1 November 1700, and left his widow a yearly allowance. However, his successor, Philip V, refused to pay most of the allowance and banished her from court. Living in Toledo with little money, Maria Anna turned to her family for help, which her brother, Elector Palatine Johan Wilhelm, refused to give, saying her situation was of her own making. She was later expelled from Spain and settled in France, completely forgotten, where she allegedly scandalously married a second time to the son of a barrel-maker. Old and infirm, she was allowed to return to Spain in 1739. Maria Anna settled in the Infantado Palace in Guadalajara, where she died a year later at the age of 72. (bio by: Kristen Conrad) 
 
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 Parents:
  Philip William Elector Palatine (1615 - 1690)
  Elisabeth Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt (1635 - 1709)
 
 Spouse:
   King Carlos II (1661 - 1700)
 
 Siblings:
  Eleonore Magdalene von der Pfalz-Neuburg (1655 - 1720)*
  Karl Philipp von der Pfalz-Neuburg (1661 - 1742)*
  Marie-Sophie von der Pfalz-Neuburg (1666 - 1699)*
  Maria Anna von der Pfalz-Neuburg (1667 - 1740)
  Dorothea Sophie von der Pfalz-Neuburg (1670 - 1748)*
  Leopldine Eleonore von der Pfalz-Neuburg (1679 - 1693)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Real Sitio de San Lorenzo El Escorial
Madrid
Provincia de Madrid
Madrid, Spain
 
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Originally Created by: girlofcelje
Record added: Jun 20, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7599247
Maria Anna von der Pfalz-Neuburg
Added by: Kristen Conrad
 
Maria Anna von der Pfalz-Neuburg
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