Catherine of Braganza Birthday, Date of Birth

Catherine of Braganza

Catherine of Braganza (Portuguese: Catarina de Bragança; 25 November 1638 – 31 December 1705) was queen consort of England, of Scotland and of Ireland from 1662 to 1685, as the wife of King Charles II. She was the daughter of King John IV, who became the first king of Portugal from the House of Braganza in 1640 after overthrowing the rule of the Spanish Habsburgs over Portugal. Catherine served as regent of Portugal during the absence of her brother in 1701 and during 1704–1705, after her return to her homeland as a widow.

Owing to her devotion to the Roman Catholic faith in which she had been raised, Catherine was unpopular in England. She was a special object of attack by the inventors of the Popish Plot. In 1678 the murder of Edmund Berry Godfrey was ascribed to her servants, and Titus Oates accused her of an intention to poison the king. These charges, the absurdity of which was soon shown by cross-examination, nevertheless placed the queen for some time in great danger. On 28 November Oates accused her of high treason, and the English House of Commons passed an order for the removal of her and of all Roman Catholics from the Palace of Whitehall. Several further depositions were made against her, and in June 1679 it was decided that she should stand trial, which threat however was lifted by the king's intervention, for which she later showed him much gratitude.

She produced no heirs for the king, having suffered three miscarriages. Her husband kept many mistresses, most notably Barbara Palmer, whom Catherine was forced to accept as one of her Ladies of the Bedchamber. By his mistresses Charles fathered numerous illegitimate offspring, which he acknowledged.

Catherine is credited with introducing the British to tea-drinking, which was then widespread among the Portuguese nobility.

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Birthday, Date of Birth
Thursday, November 25, 1638
Place of Birth
Ducal Palace of Vila Viçosa
Age
383
Star Sign

The November 25, 1638 was a Thursday under the star sign of . It was the 328 day of the year. President of the United States was N/A.

If you were born on this day, you are 383 years old. Your last birthday was on the Thursday, November 25, 2021, 4 days ago. Your next birthday is on Friday, November 25, 2022, in 360 days. You have lived for 139,892 days, or about 3,357,417 hours, or about 201,445,051 minutes, or about seconds.

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25th of November 1638 News

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