On this picture
Dom Duarte Pio poses in front of the royal arms. I notice a lambel
(a brisure, a label) on the arms. In European heraldry in general, such a lambel
was used to mark a younger son or a cadency to indicate the junior branches (cadets) of a House.
That makes me wonder: does this mean that the Orléans-Bragança family in Brazil indeed is considered the senior branch and the Bragança family in Portugal the younger branch? Genealogically this is, but I assumed the two Houses were split in a House of Orléans-Bragança (Brazil) and a House of Bragança (Portugal), considering themselves different Houses in one dynasty. They also use two total different arms.
The Arms of the House of Bragança (here without lambel
The Arms of the House of Orléans-Bragança:
The left shows the Arms of the House of Orléans and the right the Arms of Bragança (Brazil) with the same Arms of the House of Orléans in the cross:
Compare it with the Bourbons in France. When the last French Bourbon claimant died in 1883, the chef of the House of Orléans considered himself the most senior Prince in the House of France and removed the lambel from the Orléans Arms:
House of Orléans until 1883:
In azure proper three golden fleurs-de-lys with a silver lambel.
It shows it as a junior branch of the House of France.
House of Orléans, after 1883:
In azure proper three golden fleurs-de-lys.
It shows it as the senior branch of the House of France.
My conclusion: Dom Duarte Pio stands in front of the "wrong" arms? Maybe an ancient one which was once in use for a younger Prince?