King Charles II & Catherine of Braganza
Catherine of Braganza, a socially sheltered Roman Catholic Portuguese princesses born in 1638, was destine to
become the wife of King Charles II who was known for his decadent life style involving several mistresses. In 1662,
shortly after King Charles II was restored to the throne, they were married in Portsmouth, England at which point
Catherine became the Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland. Her incredible dowry (depicted in the needlework by
the donkeys laden with gifts), was part of a long negotiated arrangement between her mother Queen Lucia, late Father,
and King Charles I. The marriage was mutually advantages to both Portugal and England.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER