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Old 11-07-2006, 06:00 AM
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Does anybody knows how many godchildren the dukes have.
I know that D.Duarte is D.Diana, Duchess of Cadaval godfather's, and D.Isabel is the godmother of one of her nieces, but apart of these do you know if theyhave more godchildren
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Old 11-16-2006, 04:04 PM
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There's a montly magazine that I don't remember right now the name that has a really great interview with D.Isabel, but the magazine's cover is Hugo Chavez, and in her interview there's famuly pictures. I didn't buy the magazine, it is 3,5€, but I will try to buy and post it.
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A new book by Prof. Mendo Castro Henriques is coming to the stores. It's entitled Dom Duarte e a Democracia (Dom Duarte and Democracy) and it says of the Duke of Bragança's political thought. The press release is going to take place in Lisboa, next November 22nd, and Porto, on November 23rd.
24 Horas has published a few stories taken from this book:
http://www.24horasnewspaper.com/mostranews.php?id=3126

Dom Duarte has already been submited to hypnosis, to surpass infancy traumas related to the "car accident involving his parents". Meanwhile, 15 years have passed since that experience. The Duke of Bragança, who is deeply catholic, assumes himself as a man given to spirituality and he believes that reviving past experiences is important to surpass infancy traumas.

In this biography of Dom Duarte, we can read that the heir to the throne of Portugal had never had problems with the routine of the Military School, in Lisbon. When all the pupils had joined together against the vigorous punishment applied to a student, who was caught cheating during the exams, Dom Duarte was the first one to step onward of the battlefield and, during the time the strike lasted, he did not even touched the food served in the refectory of the military school, even knowing that such attitude could banish him from the school.

During his military service, Dom Duarte always made the same requirement: that nobody woul address him as Your Majesty.

He promissed to the Portuguese people that he would marry before 50 and did not disapoint the expectations. Two months before completing half century of age, he took Isabel de Herédia to the altar of the Monastery of Jerónimos. The royal wedding was a mediatic happening in the life of the Country and nobody resisted to the curiosity of joining the celebration. As Isabel de Herédia would confess, she fell in love with "his goodness, his tolerance and sense of humour".

During a trip to Amazonia, Dom Duarte and a cousin of his were arguing about the hourly spindle in that Brazilian state and the Duke of Bragança was so convinced of his truth that he bet his moustache in it! It didn't take too long before he had to shave, as soon as they arrived in Rio de Janeiro...

Dom Duarte is movie lover. The Duke of Bragança is passionate for cinema and he chooses "Braveheart" and "Passion of the Christ" as his favourite films. He is a deep expert on the history of cinema and he confesses himself as fan of Emir Kusturica. Besides, the Duke of Bragança is also a fan of BD, especially of the "Adventures of Tintin".
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Old 11-22-2006, 05:03 PM
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Today is Dona Isabel's 40th birthday.
The Duchess of Bragança was born on November 22nd, 1966.
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Old 11-22-2006, 05:26 PM
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Manuel Alegre presented today in Lisbon the book «Dom Duarte e a Democracia: uma biografia portuguesa», by Mendo Castro Henriques.

"With pleasure" and "free of complexes", the independent candidate to the last presidential elections was in Chiado, alleging "common national values" with Dom Duarte; the values of those "who do not need surveys to know that they want to remain Portuguese".

At the cerimony (which was attended by Dom Duarte and Isabel de Herédia), the socialist deputy said that we're living a moment "when patriots who affirm the permanent values of Portugal are necessary". In return, Dom Duarte said that "the patriotic values are not a monopoly of the Monarchy, nor of the Republic; of the Left, nor of the Right".

The heir to the throne declared that we must question "the future we want for the country; if we really want to be a mere region amongst any Iberian or European federacy" and emphasized the value of national independence.

On the other hand, when presenting the book, Manuel Alegre showed "surprise", regarding some episodes of the life of Dom Duarte Pio, namely the fact that the heir to the throne was in Saigon, days before the April 25th 1974, from where he had sent a document, in support to the Movement of the Armed Forces and to the Junta de Salvação Nacional.

At the end of the presentation, Dom Duarte ran away from the autographs and dedications, to privately celebrate the 40th birthday of Dona Isabel de Herédia.




http://www.rtp.pt/index.php?article=260537&visual=16

Manuel Alegre considered D. Duarte a patriot with whom he shares common causes. The socialist deputy said that "there's prejudice" in Portugal regarding D. Duarte Pio and the royal family: "I am republican, but we have common causes, such as Timor. He deserves consideration and respect for his civic intervention. He approaches themes that are dear to me. It is pedagogical having a republican to present his biography".

Alegre chareacterized D. Duarte as "a citizen with a sober, amiable and kind behavior, who has spirit of service and mission", concluding that "he is a patriot", "he does not present himself as a pretender, rather as pretended by the People".

Among the "common causes", the former presidential candidate pointed "the concerns with territorial planning, environment, alternative energies, social justice, national sovereignty, the Portuguese language, the Lusofony". "It is a very surprising book. I read it with pleasure and I myself was very surprised by it", he concluded.



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As a side note, I'd point out that this book (which is published by Bertrand) includes testimonies of several personalities, such as Prince Edward of England.


Photo from Diário de Notícias:
http://dn.sapo.pt/2006/11/23/533728.jpg
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Old 11-23-2006, 10:10 AM
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Thank You very much for the terrific info and fabulous photos. This family is truly very humble to say the least. Thanks Elsa M. and mims111 for this most recent post. Fantastic. Does anyone know where these photos where taken by chance?

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Old 11-23-2006, 10:26 AM
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I suppose they were taken in a photographer's studio. The photos from her childhood must have been taken in Angola and Brazil (where she lived until 1990).



This week's edition of Visão, has a great interview with D. Duarte, along with a fine gallery of photos I've not seen before. Here's the introduction, by Filipe Luís:


«A pack of Sampoerna cigarettes, made in Indonesia, placed over the table, denounces a recent trip to Timor. Here, the styled chairs and the pictures that observe us: former kings, the Condestável Nun'Álvares, parents and ancestors of the owner of this villa. Outside, there’s the English, imponent garden... It seems as we were in a book of The Five and if the Tim dog was here, it would certainly not stop snarling.

Underneath an enormous oil picture of D. Miguel I, there are two child bicycles and a ball, which indicate that, in spite of the silence, there’s life in this "haunted castle".

Actually, someone is coming through that door. And there he is: with his D. Quijote’s moustache, his Prince of Wales’ suit (as old-fashioned as everything else), D. Duarte, 61 years old, sits down and smiles. A beautiful smile. Underneath that dishevelled hair, there’s a naive person here, a naughty boy there, an ironic man over there, which humanizes himself, as he moves, talks, thinks and seduces.

And surprise: we leave this appointment much more monarchic than when we entered».



See the whole interview, as well as the photo gallery here:

http://visaoonline.clix.pt/default.a...ntentId=332134
(To see the photos, click on "Seguinte")
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Old 11-23-2006, 06:30 PM
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Happy Birthday D.Isabel!!!
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Old 11-25-2006, 12:52 PM
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Today is the 7th birthday of Infante Dom Dinis, the youngest son of the Dukes of Bragança.
The Duke of Porto was born on November 25th 1999.
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Old 11-28-2006, 03:37 PM
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Manuel Alegre presented today in Lisbon the book «Dom Duarte e a Democracia: uma biografia portuguesa», by Mendo Castro Henriques.
Here's the link to the words of Manuel Alegre, during the presentation of the book:
http://www.manuelalegre.com/index.php?area=1420&id=1013
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Old 11-30-2006, 04:30 PM
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http://www.correiomanha.pt/noticia.a...791&idCanal=90

According to Correio da Manhã, the Prince of Beira, Afonso de Santa Maria (now ten years old) is participating today in the traditional Dinner of the Conjurors that celebrates the Restoration of the Portuguese Independence, thus initiating his official activities as member of the royal family and representative figure on service to Portugal and the Monarchy.

The traditional cerimony is taking place today, at 8:00 PM, at the Quinta de Santa Sofia, in São Domingos de Rana. It is planned to start with a speech by D. Duarte, about the December 1st 1640, followed by the speech of the president of the Royal Association of Lisbon. It's a night of sociability, livened up by the voice of the fadist João Braga.

This great dinner has a particular meaning for the Monarchy, since the conjurors were a Portuguese nationalistic group, during the reign of Felipe IV of Spain (Filipe III of Portugal). The group was constituted by 40 men, mostly from the nobility, who prepared the restoration of the national sovereignity and the proclamation of D. João IV. On December 1st 1640, the conjurors invaded the Palace of the Duchess of Mântua and shot Miguel de Vasconcelos, thus proclaiming the new Portuguese king, after 60 years of Iberian Union.
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The president of the Monarchic Youths of the Royal Association of Lisbon, Joel Moedas-Miguel, gave yesterday a fencing glove to Afonso de Santa Maria de Bragança, thus symbolizing the availability of the young "musketeers" to support the crownprince, in accordance to the chilvalric spirit.

At ten years old, the eldest son of Dom Duarte Pio (who would be the legitimate king, if Portugal was not a Republic for almost a century) started yesterday his protocolic functions, on active service to the Royal Cause. D. Duarte Pio, in his usual message of December 1st, remembered that he also had started accompanying his father at that same age and that he heard of D. Duarte Nuno an expression that he now wants to transmit to his own children: "I am not monarchic for being a prince, I am monarchic for sure". During the speech, D. Duarte (mentioning a recent poll about a hipotetic iberian union) lamented that "some desperate spirits" had revealed being in favor of this remote hypothesis.

The debut of the Infante took place during the traditional Dinner of the Conjurors, in a restaurant of Carcavelos, with which the Royal Cause celebrates the historical conspirative meeting of João Pinto Ribeiro and his 40 friends, in 1640, when they invaded the palace of the Duchess of Mântua (the representative of the Spanish power in Lisbon), to throw Miguel de Vasconcelos out of the window and proclaim D. João IV as king of Portugal.

This is "the most symbolic date of the national unity", said D. Duarte , before greeting (accompanied by his wife, D.ª Isabel de Herédia, his son, D. Afonso, and his brother, D. Henrique) the members of the Portuguese royal associations, the former-leaders of the PPM and PND, the representatives of the house Van Uden, the Counts of Estarreja, of Portugal and Faria, among other personalities.


Photo of the event, published by Diário de Notícias:
http://dn.sapo.pt/2006/12/01/605934.jpg
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From Correio da Manhã:
http://www.correiomanha.pt/noticia.a...Canal=90&p=200


During the speech of December 1st, which lasted nearly 15 minutes, D. Duarte Pio criticized the Portuguese democracy, which he considers to be "a fraud", because the current law of referendum allows "the Portuguese people to pronounce themselves about a series of subjects, except about the nature of the regime itself". This way, the Duke of Bragança criticised the article 288 b) of the Constitution, which conditions the constitutional revision "to respect the republican form of government". About the referendum on the abortion that is scheduled for Januray, D. Duarte will vote for "no", claiming that "the legalization of the death as a solution for an economic and social problem" is not acceptable.

Day November 30th 2006 will be remembered by D. Afonso as the beginning of his official activities, as Crownprince. Smiling, good-spirited and conscientious of the responsibilities involved in the occasion, the little prince entered the room accompanied by his father, D. Duarte, and hand in hand with his mother, D.ª Isabel de Herédia. D. Afonso de Santa Maria João Miguel Gabriel Rafael Herédia de Bragança was born on March 23rd 1996 and is now ten years old. In school, D. Afonso "is an enthusiastic student of Maritime Biology", as his father explained, considering that "it is a good way of earning one's life" in the future.

D. Afonso received a fencing glove from the hands of the president of the Royal Association of Lisbon's Monarchic Youth (RAL). Joel Moedas Miguel explained the symbology of the act: "Traditionally, the defense of the king was made with a sword. The glove that supports the sword symbolizes the qualities of perseverance and dexterity" that the heir to the throne of Portugal must have present and develop in the course of his life, as a representative of the Portuguese Royal House, both inside the Country and abroad.

D. Duarte supported that, in Democracy, referendums should be as easy to convoke as frequent, and listed as examples the referendums about the construction of a new airport or about the construction of the intercontinental airport in Lisbon or Oporto. In his understanding, politicians believe that the People is not prepared to give its opinion on these subjects.



http://dn.sapo.pt/2006/12/02/naciona..._tomar_po.html

The Royal Cause convoked all the Royal Associations to congregate the 5000 signatures necessary to form a Group of Voting Citizens and thus to have right to have their campaign for the referendum on the abortion aired on mass media. But, in contrast to the generality of the participants, the monarchic movement will not advise a vote for "yes" or "no", but will present the clarifications and arguments for each part of the proposals. The ideia was set during the traditional Dinner of the Conjurors and the justification for this model is simple: "There are monarchists in favor of 'yes' and monarchists in favor of 'not'".
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Another interview published yesterday in Diário de Notícias, where D. Duarte is critical about the politic parties. However, he appreciates the performance of Cavaco Silva as President of the Republic, considering his profile similar to the one of a king.
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http://www.correiomanha.pt/noticia.a...791&idCanal=90

According to Correio da Manhã, the Prince of Beira, Afonso de Santa Maria (now ten years old) is participating today in the traditional Dinner of the Conjurors that celebrates the Restoration of the Portuguese Independence, thus initiating his official activities as member of the royal family and representative figure on service to Portugal and the Monarchy...
Thanks Elsa for the article.

Here are some pictures of the event: (scanned by me, from Caras magazine)

It's so nice to see how close Dom Afonso is with his parents, especially his mother, Dona Isabel, the Duchess of Bragança.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/reg123456/DD4.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/reg123456/DD3.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/reg123456/DD2.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/reg123456/DD1.jpg
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Thanks for sharing them, Regina! He seems to be a down-to-earth young man... and yes, he's the spitting image Dona Isabel!
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It is a bit cliche to say, but how much has Dom Alfonso grown! He looks like a serious young man. Dona Isabel looks good to, always stylish. A pity there isn't a chance on restauration of the monarchy in Portugal, this lovely family would do great.
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D. Duarte was interviewed for this week's "Outras Converasas", of Maria João Avillez. The interview was aired tonight, on SIC Notícias.
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Semanário published this week an article, analysing the state of the republic. It draws a long analysis of the republic's fragilities and presents the monarchy as an alternative. Mind here that "Semanário" is an ultra conservative paper.

http://www.semanario.pt/noticia.php?ID=3095


The Third Republic is in crisis. Would the restoration of the monarchy be a solution? Or still should the democracy be strenghtened by the reinforcement of the presidential powers?
[...]
The Third Republic is in crisis... And the environment starts being propitious to somebody say: "That's enough! Enough of this Republic"!... The last of the announcements would be Manuel Alegre, at the presentation of D. Duarte Pio's biography, published by Bertrand: it's time to have the Country pronouncing itself in a referendum about the form of Government: Republic or Monarchy.
[...]
It's a serious biography, very serious actually, half of which consists of a presentation of official documents, proving the legitimacy of the Duke of Bragança as pretender to the throne of Portugal; D. Duarte, whose parents had reconciled the two branches of the Bragança family (the "miguelistas" and the "liberals") and whose marriage to D.ª Isabel de Herédia also reconciled the royal family with the coup-minded aristocracy.
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For the record there is a sign that unites the Republic and D. Duarte, once again: Rocha Vieira, the man behind Cavaco Silva's candidacy to the Presidency of the Republic, whose testimony in the biography of D. Duarte has a crucial relevance.
[...]
The truth is that the image of D. Duarte and of a Democratic Monarchy is making its way, be it through a Christmas book, an interview to Maria João Avillez, or a public appearance of the royal family.
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