Gabriel Antonio de Borbón, infante de España

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About Gabriel Antonio de Borbón, infante de España

Golden Fleece - Knights: Spanish Branch


  • Born at the Palace of Portici outside Naples, he was named Prince Gabriel Antonio Francisco Javier Juan Nepomuceno José Serafin Pascual Salvador of Naples and Sicily; he was the fourth son of King Charles VII and V and Maria Amalia of Saxony; his father was the King of Naples and Sicily as part of a personal union from 1735.
  • Of all the sons of Charles III, Gabriel was the most intelligent and hardworking. He was very cultured, renown to be an excellent translator of Sallust and a true Maecenas. He had Antonio Soler as his music teacher, who composed several sonatas on harpsichord especially for his gifted pupil, as well as concerts for two organs to be interpreted together in the El Escorial church.
  • Gabriel spent his childhood growing up in his fathers Neapolitan kingdom; at the age of seven, he moved with his parents and older siblings Infante Charles and Infanta Maria Luisa to live in Madrid. His uncle Ferdinand VI of Spain died in heirless in 1759 so his father became Charles III of Spain by default. In Naples he left his two other brothers Infante Philip, Duke of Calabria (who was disabled and thus excluded from succession to any of his fathers domains) and the eight year old Ferdinand, King of Naples and Sicily; Ferdinand was put in the care of a Regency council which ran the Kingdom till 1767.
  • While in Spain his brother married Maria Luisa of Parma in 1765; the couple did not have any issue until 1771; Gabriel was third in line to the Spanish Throne during that period. Prior to the marriage of King Ferdinand, Gabriel was second in line to his throne from 1759 to 1775. He was later made the Grand Prior of the Orden Hospitalaria de San Juan in Castilla y León. In 1771 he instructed Juan de Villanueva to build the so called Casita del Infante.
  • He had married Infanta Mariana Victoria of Portugal; she was the daughter of Maria I of Portugal and Peter III of Portugal. Mariana Victoria had a proxy ceremony on 12 April 1785 in Lisbon; they met for the first time at Aranjuez on 23 May. The couple had three children but only one survived infancy; their eldest child, Infante Peter Charles, was later made an Infante of Portugal by his grandmother who had him raised at her court at Royal Palace of Queluz.
  • At the birth of his last child, Infante Charles, he and his wife were in residence at Gabriel's Casita del Infante at El Escorial. While there, Gabriel caught Smallpox and died at the Casita aged only 36. His wife succumbed to the illness also and died aged just 19 on 2 November; Infante Carlos died himself a week after his mother.
  • The three were all buried at the El Escorial complex. Gabriel's death affected his father who soon also died.


   Infante Pedro Carlos Antonio Rafael Jose Javier Francisco Juan Nepomuceno Tomas de Villanueva Marcos Marcelino Vicente Ferrer Raymundo of Spain (Royal Palace of Aranjuez, 18 June 1786 - Rio de Janeiro, 4 July 1812), married Infante Teresa, Princess of Beira; had issue;
   Infanta Maria Carlota Josefa Joaquina Ana Rafaela Antonieta Francisca de Asis Agustina Madalena Francisca de Paula Clotilde Lutgarda Te of Spain (Casita del Infante, 4 November - Casita del Infante, 11 November 1787).
   Infante Carlos José Antonio of Spain (Casita del Infante, 28 October - Casita del Infante 9 November 1788).
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Gabriel Antonio de Borbón, infante de España's Timeline

May 12, 1752
Portici, Naples, Italy
June 18, 1786
Age 34
Aranjuez, Comunidad de Madrid, España
November 4, 1787
Age 35
El Escorial, Madrid, Spain
November 4, 1787
Age 35
El Escorial, Comunidad de Madrid, España
October 28, 1788
Age 36
El Escorial, Comunidad de Madrid, España
November 23, 1788
Age 36
San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Comunidad de Madrid, España
El Escorial, Comunidad de Madrid, España