Infante Carlos of Spain (1607–1632)

For other people named Don Carlos of Spain, see Don Carlos of Spain (disambiguation).
House of Habsburg
Spanish line
Emperor Charles V
(King Charles I)
Philip II of Spain
Maria, Holy Roman Empress
Joan of Spain
Don John (illegitimate)
Margaret of Parma (illegitimate)
Philip II
Children include
Carlos, Prince of Asturias
Isabella of Spain
Catherine, Duchess of Savoy
Philip III of Spain
Maria of Spain
Philip III
Children include
Anne, Queen of France
Philip IV of Spain
Maria Ana, Holy Roman Empress
Infante Carlos
Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand
Philip IV
Children include
Balthasar Charles, Prince of Asturias
Maria Theresa, Queen of France
Margaret, Holy Roman Empress
Philip Prospero, Prince of Asturias
Charles II of Spain
Charles II

Infante Carlos of Spain, also known as Infante Charles of Spain (15 September 1607 – 30 July 1632) was infante of Spain, the second son of Philip III of Spain and Margaret of Austria.


Charles was the younger brother of Philip IV and as long as the King remained childless was heir to the Spanish throne. Charles was never a friend of Philip's favourite and prime minister, the Count-Duke of Olivares, and though he was uninterested in politics, he was used by various nobles in attempts to overthrow Olivares.

During his brother's severest illness, Charles was on the point of ascending the throne but Philip recovered and in 1629 finally fathered a son, Balthasar Charles. This dissipated Charles' political importance completely.

Charles was one of the era's most enigmatic characters due to his strange and possibly unhealthy personality. He died in 1632, aged 25. Francisco de Quevedo dedicated a sonnet entitled The Burial of the Most Serene Infante Don Carlos to this event.


Charles's ancestors in three generations
Archduke Charles of Austria Father:
Philip III of Spain, II of Portugal
Father's father:
Philip II of Spain, I of Portugal
Father's father's father:
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
Father's father's mother:
Isabella of Portugal
Father's mother:
Anna of Austria
Father's mother's father:
Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor
Father's mother's mother:
Maria of Spain
Margaret of Austria
Mother's father:
Charles II, Archduke of Austria
Mother's father's father:
Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor
Mother's father's mother:
Anna of Bohemia and Hungary
Mother's mother:
Maria Anna of Bavaria
Mother's mother's father:
Albert V, Duke of Bavaria
Mother's mother's mother:
Anna of Austria
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