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Maria Francisca of Orléans-Braganza, Duchess of Braganza

Maria Francisca
Duchess of Braganza (more...)

Spouse Duarte Nuno, Duke of Braganza
Issue
Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza
Infante Miguel, Duke of Viseu
Infante Henrique, Duke of Coimbra
Full name
Maria Francisca Amélia Luísa Vitória Teresa Isabel Miguela Gabriela Rafaela Gonzaga
House House of Orléans-Braganza
House of Braganza
Father Pedro de Alcântara, Prince of Grão Para
Mother Elisabeth Dobržensky de Dobrženicz
Born 8 September 1914
Eu, Seine-Maritime, French Republic
Died 15 January 1968(1968-01-15) (aged 53)
Lisbon, Portuguese Republic
Religion Roman Catholic

D. Maria Francisca, Princess Royal of Portugal, Duchess of Braganza (née: Orléans-Braganza; 8 September 1914 – 15 January 1968), was a Brazilian princess who married Duarte Nuno, Duke of Braganza, the pretender to the Portuguese throne. A member of the House of Orléans-Braganza, by her birth to Pedro de Alcântara, Prince of Grão Para, her marriage to the Duke of Braganza reunited the two branches of the House of Braganza, the Brazilian and Portuguese branches, which had been split since 1826. The Duke and Duchess had three sons, the eldest of whom, Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, is the current pretender to the throne of Portugal.

Life

Maria Francisca Amélia Luísa Vitória Teresa Isabel Miguela Gabriela Rafaela Gonzaga was born at Château d'Eu in Eu, France, the daughter of Pedro de Alcântara, Prince of Grão Para (1875–1940) and Countess Elisabeth Dobržensky de Dobrženicz (1875–1951). Her father had to renounce to his dynastic rights in order to marry her mother who, in spite her noble background, did not belong to any reigning dynasty.

Maria Francisca died in Lisbon was buried at the Chagas de Cristo Convent, in Vila Viçosa, the pantheon of the duchesses of Braganza.

Marriage

She was married to Duarte Nuno (1907–1976), Duke of Braganza and claimant to the throne of Portugal, civilly in Rio de Janeiro on 13 October 1942 and religiously in Petrópolis on 15 October.

Titles, honours, and styles

Main article: List of titles and honours of the Portuguese Crown

Titles and styles

  • 8 September 1914 – 13 October 1942: Her Imperial & Royal Highness Princess Maria Francisca of Orléans-Braganza, Princess of Brazil
  • 13 October 1942 – 15 January 1968: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Braganza, Princess Royal of Portugal

Maria Francisca's styling as Duchess of Braganza:
By the Grace of God, Maria Francisca, Duchess of Braganza, Princess Royal of Portugal, Duchess of Guimarães, Marquise of Vila Viçosa, Countess of Ourém, Countess of Arraiolos, Countess of Neiva, Countess of Faria, Grand Mistress of the Order of Saint Isabel

Honours

As Duchess of Braganza, Isabel holds the following positions:

Genealogy

Ancestry

Issue

Name Portrait Birth Notes
By Duarte Nuno, Duke of Braganza (8 September 1914 – 15 January 1968; married 13 October 1942)
Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza 15 May 1945 24th Duke of Braganza, 8th Prince Royal of Portugal; pretender to the throne
Infante Miguel, Duke of Viseu 3 December 1946 8th Duke of Viseu, Infanta of Portugal; 4th in line of succession
Infante Henrique, Duke of Coimbra 6 November 1949 4th Duke of Coimbra, Infante of Portugal; 5th in line of succession

External links

  • Imperial House of Brazil
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