Information about the Brazilian Imperial Family
I'm a Monarchist from Brazil, and I noticed that lot of people here does not have much information about the Brazilian Imperial Family and the Brazilian Monarchy.
So, I'll be happy to give you information about the Royal from my country.
The Brazilian Imperial Family (pictures and biographies)
H.I.&R.H. The Head of the Imperial House
Prince Luiz Gastão Maria José Pio Miguel Gabriel Rafael Gonzaga, born in Mandelieu, France, on June 6, 1938, is the firstborn son of Prince Pedro Henrique (1909-1981), Head of the Brazilian Imperial House, and Princess Maria Elizabeth of Bavaria (1914-2011). Born as the heir of the Head of the Imperial House, Prince Luiz received the title of Prince Imperial of Brazil, with the style of Imperial and Royal Highness. His godparents were his maternal uncle, Prince Ludwig of Bavaria (1913-2008), and his paternal grandmother, Princess Maria Pia, Dowager Princess Imperial of Brazil (née Princess of Two-Sicilies). Prince Luiz had polio as a child, which left him with locomotor problems for the rest of his life.
With the end of both the Second World War and Exile imposed by the Brazilian Republic, the Imperial Family was finally able to return to Brazil, in 1945, onboard of the Portuguese ship "Serpa Pinto". The Family went to live in Petrópolis, then moved to Rio de Janeiro. In 1951, Prince Pedro Henrique acquired a farm in the state of Parana, moving with his Family.
Prince Luiz studied at the traditional Saint Ignatius School, in Rio de Janeiro. In 1967, he graduated in Chemistry, at the University of Munich, in Germany. During the time he lived in Europe, His Imperial and Royal Highness was in touch with lots of Europeans Royals, many of them his relatives.
Returning to Brazil, the Prince Imperial went to live in the city of São Paulo, where him assumed his father's secretariat. With the death of Prince Pedro Henrique, in July 5, 1981, Prince Luiz became the Head of the Brazilian Imperial House.
Thanks to his letter to the members of the Brazilian Congress, the Clause that forbade Monarchist Movement in Brazil was put out of the 1988 Constitution. In the 1993 Referendum, he was prohibited to go to television, but he coordinated his Family, and the Monarchy was voted by 13% of the Brazilians.
Nowadays, Prince Luiz is still living in São Paulo, with his brother and heir, Prince Bertrand. His Imperial and Royal Highness is very active in the Monarchist Movement, presiding over Meeting and receiving Monarchists from all over the country.
H.I.&R.H. The Prince Imperial of Brazil
Prince Bertrand Maria José Pio Januário Miguel Gabriel Rafael Gonzaga, born in Mandelieu, France, on February 2, 1941, where the Brazilian Imperial Family were exiled after the Republican Coup d'etat. He is the third son of Prince Pedro Henrique (1909-1981), Head of the Brazilian Imperial House, and Princess Maria Elizabeth of Bavaria (1914-2011). His godparent were his granduncle, Prince Gennaro of Two-Sicilies (1882-1944) and his paternal aunt, Princess Pia Maria of Brazil (later Countess of Nicolay; 1913-2000). At birth, Prince Bertrand was the fourth in the Line of Succession to the Brazilian Throne.
In 1945, after end of the Second World War, Prince Bertrand came with his parents and siblings - Princes Luiz and Eudes, and Princess Isabel - to Brazil, were, initially, they lived in the city of Petrópolis, and then moving to Rio de Janeiro. In 1951, the Imperial Family moved to a farm, in the state of Paraná. Another eight siblings born in Brazil: Prince Pedro, Prince Fernando, Prince Antônio, Princess Eleonora, Prince Francisco, Prince Alberto, Princess Maria Teresa, and Princess Maria Gabriela.
Prince Bertrand started his studies in Paraná, before going to the tradicional St. Ignatius School, in Rio de Janeiro. He's a lawyer, having graduated at University of St. Francis's Place, in São Paulo.
With the ascension of his brother, Prince Luiz, to the Headship of Imperial House, in July 5, 1981, Prince Bertrand, by virtue of Prince Eudes's renunciation, in 1966, became the second in line to the Brazilian Throne, assuming the title of Prince Imperial of Brazil.
Extremely dedicated to the Brazilian Monarchist Movement, the Prince Imperial has traveled all over the country, taking part in meetings, giving lectures and interviews, spreading the Monarchist ideas within the population. Nowadays, he lives in São Paulo, with his brother, the Head of the Imperial House.
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