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The Infanta of Poland
Posted by Gary on 25/6/2014, 2:33:40User logged in as Gary
Princess Maria Augusta of Saxony, daughter of King Frederick Augustus I of Saxony and Napoleonic Duke of Warsaw, was made heiress presumptive to the throne of Poland after her father in default of male issue by the Polish Constitution of 1791. In the event, of course, she never reigned because of the Partition of Poland. However, she was known as the "Infanta of Poland."
My question is, why the Spanish title "infanta?" Was this title ever used in Poland previously? As far as I can tell, neither Poland nor the House of Wettin have any connection to Spain other than the very tenuous one that both Poland and Spain were ruled at some point by Habsburgs. That surely cannot be the reason.
Can anyone shed light on this? Thanks.