Queen of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. She was of the Habsburg Dynasty, consort of King Christian II, and the daughter of King Philip I the Handsome of Castile and Queen Joan the Mad of Aragon. Her older brother was Emperor Charles V, one of the all-time great European leaders. She was born at Ghent, Belgium, and when she married the newly elected Danish King Christian in 1514, no one could have thought she would be residing back in her native city just twelve years later and also die there. After their wedding in the Netherlands, the king and queen went to Denmark for their coronation which took place the following year. In 1520, Elizabeth accompanied her husband to Sweden and their coronation there took place in Stockholm Cathedral that fall. She was the first closely related princess of an imperial European dynasty to become queen up in the far north since Beatrice in 1357, one of a total of only three (Anne became the third in 1592). Already in 1521 Christian's extremely harsh reign in Sweden was over and he was officially dethroned there, as well as in Denmark and Norway, in 1523. His loyal queen went with him into exile in Holland, and only three years later, her health broken and worn out by the inconveniences of outlaw living, she passed away. Elizabeth, who was considered one of the most beautiful of the Habsburg princesses, was deeply fond of her 20-years-older husband and tolerated his relationship with an infamous Dutch mistress three years into their marriage, when Miss Dyveke suddenly died. The mother of the latter remained powerful, however, and Elizabeth never had any influence over the affairs of state under Christian. In her short, highly dramatic and challenging life, her significance was mainly as sister to the Emperor, who attempted at times, until her teenage son died in 1532, to help Christian regain his thrones. Three sons had died in infancy, but two daughters went on to be notable European princesses through illustrious marriages and the number of reputable proposals that led up to them. Elizabeth and the one son John who lived the longest were originally interred at St. Peter's Church in Ghent. Their remains were moved to Denmark in 1883.
Bio by: Count Demitz