Felipe II King of Spain
- Category : Notable-Famous-Royal-family
- Type : PE
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Planning 2
Spanish royalty, the son of Emperor Charles V. Fair and pale, dutiful and serious-minded, Philip was a good horseman and methodical by nature. He first married a Portuguese princess who died two years later in childbirth. The son who survived was ugly and eccentric, immature, stammering and violent. A political disaster, he died in 1568.
Philip's second marriage was to Mary Tudor of England in 1554. A 38-year-old virgin, Mary loved the 27-year-old Philip passionately. While she was well liked, Protestants viewed her with suspicion that turned into unrest when she married the Catholic Philip. As her reign progressed, Mary's behavior became more bizarre. She did not have the hoped-for male child, and the handsome Philip deserted her.
When his father abdicated in 1556, Philip took the throne from where he successfully waged his wars. His third marriage was happily to a French princess who bore him two daughters. After her death in 1568, he was married a fourth time to Princess Anna of Austria in 1570, who had been betrothed to his son (who died two years prior). He was then 43 and Anna was 21; they had five kids: Fernando, 1571; Carlos Lorenzo, 1573; both of whom died young; Philip, 1578, who succeeded his father in 1598; and a daughter, 1580, who also died. Anna herself died in 1580, age 31.
Philip died 9/13/1598, Madrid, Spain.