Anne of Austria Biography
(Queen Consort of France from 1615 to 1643)
Birthday: September 22, 1601 (Virgo)
Born In: Valladolid, Spain
Anne of Austria was a Spanish princess from the House of Habsburg who became the Queen of France through her marriage to Louis XIII. She was married at the age of 11, after which she moved to France but did not learn to speak French until much later in her adult life. Her marital relationship with the King of France went through many ups and downs. The discord, which started mainly because she was unable to provide a son to the king for two decades, deteriorated to the point that she was accused of treason. She finally produced an heir (Louis XIV) in her late thirties. However, the royal couple’s happiness was short lived as the king passed away soon after, leaving Anne as regent of the crown. As her five years old son waited to reach adulthood, she learned the ropes of running a kingdom, but her period as regent of France saw the outbreak of a civil war in the country. However, she succeeded in keeping Louis XIV safe during a very challenging time. Once he was old enough to take the reins of his kingdom, she was able to follow a more relaxed lifestyle that included taking care of her second son and visiting churches and monasteries.