On 23 June 1661, the marriage contract was signed, of King Charles II of England and Catherine of Braganza (Portugal).  Her dowry included Tangier (in North Africa) and the Seven islands of Bombay (in India), with trading privileges in Brazil and the East Indies, religious and commercial freedom in Portugal and two million Portuguese crowns (about £300,000).

On 23 June 1661, the marriage contract was signed, of King Charles II of England and Catherine of Braganza (Portugal). Her dowry included Tangier (in North Africa) and the Seven islands of Bombay (in India), with trading privileges in Brazil and the East Indies, religious and commercial freedom in Portugal and two million Portuguese crowns (about £300,000).

Catherine Of Braganza

Catherine Of Braganza

Catherine of Braganza (Portuguese: Catarina de Bragança; 25 November 1638 – 31 December 1705) was Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1662 to 1685, by marriage to King Charles II. She also served as regent of Portugal during the absence of her brother in 1701 and 1704-05, after her return to Portugal as widow. Catherine was born into the House of Braganza, the most senior noble house of Portugal

Catherine of Braganza (Portuguese: Catarina de Bragança; 25 November 1638 – 31 December 1705) was Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1662 to 1685, by marriage to King Charles II. She also served as regent of Portugal during the absence of her brother in 1701 and 1704-05, after her return to Portugal as widow. Catherine was born into the House of Braganza, the most senior noble house of Portugal

ca. 1670 Portrait of a Lady of the Court of Catherine of Braganza by Jacob Huysmans

ca. 1670 Portrait of a Lady of the Court of Catherine of Braganza by Jacob Huysmans

Catherine of Braganza, in 1660.  She'd had a bit of a makeover by 1663, if you take a look around this board.

Catherine of Braganza, in 1660. She'd had a bit of a makeover by 1663, if you take a look around this board.

CATHERINE OF BRAGANZA     Oil on canvas  Justus Sustermans or Justus Sustermans studio.  Italy or Flanders  17th century

CATHERINE OF BRAGANZA Oil on canvas Justus Sustermans or Justus Sustermans studio. Italy or Flanders 17th century

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