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- Character Name: Catherine Stuart (nee of Braganza)
- Title: Queen Consort
- Estate Name: England, Ireland and Scotland
- Nationality: Portuguese
- Age: 37 (b.1638)
- Gender: Female
- Eye Colour: Brown
- Hair Colour: Black
A swarthy complexion, dark hair and brown eyes, her form petite, Catherine was a typical Portuguese lady, and considered somewhat plain.
Initial Impression of Personality
Catherine is a lady of quiet decorum, with warmth and affection for the weak as well as her husband. Of late rumours have it that after her latest miscarriage the Queen has become affected in her mind. Her close circle however maintains she is alright.
Infanta Catarina of Portugal (or of Braganza) was born in Vila Viçosa as the second surviving daughter of John IV of Portugal (at the time Duke of Braganza) and his wife, Louise of Guzman (Medina-Sidonia). Through her mother, she was a 2nd great granddaughter of Saint Francis Borgia. Although she was raised in a convent, Catherine's upbringing and education were closely supervised by her mother.
She was married by proxy in Lisbon on 23 April 1662 to Charles II. After her arrival at Portsmouth on 14 May 1662, the couple were married in two more ceremonies – a Catholic one conducted in secret, followed by a public Anglican service – on 21 May. Her large dowry brought the port cities of Tangiers and Bombay to British control. Because she was a Roman Catholic she was not crowned as a ruling Queen and was only a Queen consort.