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Engagement of Infanta Maria Francisca de Braganša and Duarte de Sousa Ara˙jo Martins

The Dukes of Braganša announced today the engagement of their daughter, Infanta D. Maria Francisca de Braganša, Duchess of Coimbra, and Mr Duarte de Sousa Ara˙jo Martins.
Maria Francisca and Duarte de Sousa Ara˙jo Martins got engaged in Timor earlier this month. Infanta D. Maria Francisca informed her parents, the Dukes of Braganša and other close members of her family.
More details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.

Duarte Maria de Sousa Ara˙jo Martins was born in Lisbon on the 14th of May 1992, son of Pedro Martins and D. Maria do Carmo de Sousa Ara˙jo. He has three brothers. Maternal grandson of the well-known architect and painter of sacred art JoŃo de Sousa Ara˙jo.
Mr. Duarte de Sousa Ara˙jo Martins has a degree in Law from Universidade Catˇlica Portuguesa and a Master of Laws (Banking and Finance Law) from Queen Mary University, in London.
He is a lawyer, currently a Senior Associate at the UrÝa MenÚndez Proenša de Carvalho law firm specializing in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions.
He developed voluntary work throughout his life, namely as General Chief of Missions.

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Congratulations to the Happy Couple and the Infanta Maria Francisca is very like her mother the Duchess!
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Congratulations to Maria Francisca and Duarte! Wishing them all the best
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What a nice news, many good wishes to Maria Francisca & Duarte!
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Congratulations to Infanta Maria Francisca and Duarte! What joyful news before Christmas!
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Congratulations to the couple. What does the bride to be do for a living?
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Such a lovely news. She always seems like a very friendly and down-to-earth young lady.

Had some hopes that she might become the perfect bride for prince Rafael - but of course that didn't happen; so, it is wonderful to see that she found the man she wants to spend her life with!

He is 5 years older than her but you couldn't tell from the picture they shared.
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Excellent news! I wish them the best! Will the groom be known as Duke of Coimbra as a courtesy title?
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Another photo of Infanta Maria Francisca and Duarte taken at the time of their engagement on Monte Ramelau, Timor.

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Is Duarte a common name in Portugal? Or only in certain circles? Or is it just an unlikely coincidence that MaraIa Francisca is going to marry someone that share his name with her father?
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Is Duarte a common name in Portugal? Or only in certain circles? Or is it just an unlikely coincidence that MaraIa Francisca is going to marry someone that share his name with her father?
Duarte is a common name in Portugal. It's just a coincidence that Maria Francisca's fiancÚ has the same name as her father.
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Is Duarte a common name in Portugal? Or only in certain circles? Or is it just an unlikely coincidence that MaraIa Francisca is going to marry someone that share his name with her father?
Duarte is an Iberian given name and surname, being an alternative Portuguese form of the name Edward (from wikipedia)
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I'm very curious about this marriage. The Dukes of Braganša were married at the Jerˇnimos Monastery in Lisbon. Maria Francisca can choose to get married there. I think the Nossa Senhora da ConceišŃo Church in Vila Višosa could also be an option. Maria Francisca was baptized in Vila Višosa. However, the bride and groom can choose another location.

I'm also very curious to know who the wedding guests will be.
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I'm very curious about this marriage. The Dukes of Braganša were married at the Jerˇnimos Monastery in Lisbon. Maria Francisca can choose to get married there. I think the Nossa Senhora da ConceišŃo Church in Vila Višosa could also be an option. Maria Francisca was baptized in Vila Višosa. However, the bride and groom can choose another location.

I'm also very curious to know who the wedding guests will be.
The Duke and Duchess are frequent guests at different German royal weddings and celebrations so I'd expect at least a few German guests.
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The Duke and Duchess are frequent guests at different German royal weddings and celebrations so I'd expect at least a few German guests.
Yes it's true. I also expect some German guests. And I also hope that the Imperial Family of Brazil will be invited. Afonso, Maria Francisca and Dinis are close to Rafael, AmÚlia and Maria Gabriela. And the Duchess of Braganša and her children were at the wedding of Princess AmÚlia and James Spearman in 2014.
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Duarte is an Iberian given name and surname, being an alternative Portuguese form of the name Edward (from wikipedia)

The name Duarte was introduced into the Portuguese royal family by Queen Philippa (1360-1415) wife of King Joao I and daughter of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. She named her oldest son Duarte (who succeeded his father as King) after her grandfather, King Edward III of England.
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According to a friend of Princess Maria Isabella of Savoy-Genoa, the princess was told by the Duchess of Braganša that the wedding of Infanta Maria Francisca will take place on 7 October 2023 at Sintra.
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