Maria Teresa Rafaela of Spain

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María Teresa Rafaela of Spain
Maria Teresa Rafaela with her sister Maria Antonia
Dauphine of France
Tenure 23 February 1745 – 22 July 1746
Spouse Louis, Dauphin of France
Full name
María Teresa Antonia Rafaela de Borbón y Farnesio
House House of Bourbon
Father Philip V of Spain
Mother Elisabeth Farnese
Born 11 June 1726
Royal Alcazar of Madrid, Spain
Died 22 July 1746 (aged 20)
Palace of Versailles, France
Burial 6 August 1746
Royal Basilica, Saint Denis, France
Signature

Maria Teresa Rafaela of Spain (11 June 1726 – 22 July 1746) was an Infanta of Spain by birth and was later the wife of Louis Ferdinand, Dauphin of France, son of Louis XV of France. She died in childbirth aged 20, leaving no surviving descendants.

Life[change | edit source]

She was the second daughter of Philip V of Spain and Elisabeth Farnese. Baptised with the names María Teresa Antonia Rafaela, she was known as María Teresa Rafaela. She was engaged to Louis Ferdinand, Dauphin of France, son of Louis XV of France. The official marriage took place at the Palace of Versailles on 23 February 1745. The marriage was an idea to try and better relations between France and Spain after Louis XV had not married Maria Anna Victoria of Spain, María Teresa Rafaela's older sister.

On 19 July 1746, Marie Thérèse Raphaëlle (as she was known in France) gave birth to a daughter before dying herself on 22 July at Versailles. The child died in 1748. Her husband married again to Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony and was the mother of Louis XVI of France. She was buried at the Royal Basilica of Saint Denis.

Children[change | edit source]

  1. Princess Marie Thérèse of France (19 July 1746 – 27 April 1748) died in infancy.

Titles, styles, honours and arms[change | edit source]

Titles and styles[change | edit source]

  • 11 June 1726 – 23 February 1745 Her Royal Highness the Infanta Doña María Teresa Rafaela of Spain
  • 23 February 1745 – 22 July 1746 Her Royal Highness the Dauphine of France

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