Carlos, Prince of Asturias

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Prince of Asturias
Portrait by Alonso Sánchez Coello, 1564.
House House of Habsburg
Father Philip II of Spain
Mother Maria Manuela, Princess of Portugal
Born (1545-07-08)8 July 1545
Valladolid, Spain
Died 24 July 1568(1568-07-24) (aged 23)
Madrid, Spain
Burial El Escorial
Religion Roman Catholicism

Carlos, Prince of Asturias, also known as Don Carlos (8 July 1545 – 24 July 1568), was the oldest son of King Philip II of Spain. He was heir apparent to the throne. His mother was Maria Manuela of Portugal. She was the daughter of John III of Portugal.

Carlos was mentally ill and so his father put him in prison in early 1568. Carlos died after half a year of solitary confinement. His sad fate became a theme for a play by Friedrich Schiller and an opera by Giuseppe Verdi.