Maria Theresa of Austria (1717-1780), daughter of Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor & Elizabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel. Maria Theresa was an Archduchess of Austria & later Queen of Hungary & Bohemia (1740-1780) in her own right & Holy Roman Empress (1745-1765) as wife of Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor.
Maria Theresa succeeded her father, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, as empress of the Hapsburg controlled lands of Central Europe in 1740. She made her son, Joseph II, coregent in 1765 after the death of her husband. In the same year Maria Theresa came to power, Fredrick II of Brandenburg-Prussia initiated the War of Austrian Succession by invading the Hapsburg province of Silesia...
Empress Maria Theresa of Austria (1717-1780; reigned 1740-1780) was one of Europe’s strongest rulers during the eighteenth century. Her daughter, Maria Antonia (Marie Antoinette), was one of sixteen children.
Archduchesses of Austria The 8 surviving daughters of Maria Theresa of Austria, most portraits believed to have been done by Martin van Mytens. Left to Right Top: Maria Mariana Anna (1738-1789), Maria Mimi Christina (1742-1798), Maria Elisabeth (1743-1808), Maria Amalia (1746-1804), Maria Joanna (1750-1762), Maria Josepha (1751-1767), Maria Carolina (1752-1814), Maria Antonia aka Marie Antoinette (1754-1793) (via)
Maria Theresa (1717 - 1780). Empress of Austria from 1745 until her husband's death in 1765, although she used the title and continued to rule until her death in 1780. She was also Queen of Hungary, Croatia, and Bohemia from 1740 until her death.