The Duke and Duchess of Bragança and Family: February 2008- December 2014

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Região de Leiria > Edição Impressa > Educação & Ciência - Escola recebe D. Duarte em festa

On May 9th, D. Duarte Pio de Bragança was enthusiastically recieved in the School EB2 Dr. Manuel de Perpetual Oliveira, in Porto de Mós. The Duke of Bragança was invited by the students from the 5th grade, who had written him a letter, during a History class.

After giving autographs and taking photos with the children, D. Duarte gave a "history lesson", during which he presented the advantages of the Monarchy and he said that the expenses of the Portuguese Presidency of the Republic are only supplanted by one European monarchy: the United Kingdom.

Dom Fuas Fm & O Portomosense - Duque de Bragança visita Escola Dr. Manuel Oliveira Perpétua
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Hipódromo do Campo Grande organized the International equestre Competition of Jumps (CSIO Lisboa) for the 88th time.

The Dukes of Braganza and Children were present on this event.

(scanned by me, Caras Magazine)
D. Duarte is facing a process of a man who says that D. Duarte's documents are false. But D. Duarte garantee he's portuguese
(sorry for my english)
Hi Juliette, I've posted about this topic here :flowers: since it is related to the Claims to the Portuguese throne thread.
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The duke was interviewed by Norwegian television, look at this link. The interview is in english.

Courtesy: Hans-E at the FIRMB
Perhaps any of the Portuguese posters can help us to find out what was the topic of the interview. My Portuguese sadly is rather disappointing.
The interview was mostly about Portuguese political, cultural and economical issues.
Oh and he also mentioned Timor's situation (of course :D )

In his opinion, if Portugal was a Monarchy, it would be a more developped country like all the other european monarchies. He thinks a monarchy plays a very small part in the life of a government but it still has a symbolical role in society. Duarte believes a republican government has a short term thinking, while a constitutional monarchy is more concerned with the Future of the Nation.

About international issues: D. Duarte finds the Treaty of Lisbon a dangerous treaty because it will only serve the federalist ideal. In his opinion, these european Treaties are no more than dangerous steps to reach the european unification.

GEF (a real estate management company, owned by the millionaire Vasco Pereira Coutinho) is going to present D. Manuel II Foundation (chaired by D. Duarte) with 10 shops, 4 apartments and several parking places in a luxury condominium (which can be leased). This is the result of a deal, involving the buildings that once belonged to PIDE (which were owned by the Foundation and are located at the Street António Maria Cardoso, in Lisboa) and were now evaluated in more than two million euros. The main beneficiary of the business exchange (which should overcome 2.000.000 €) will be D. Duarte, since the statutes of the Foundation allocate 60% of its revenues to the head of the Bragança royal family and his descendants.

The D. Manuel II Foundation was established by D.ª Augusta Vitória (the widow of King D. Manuel) for social and cultural purposes.
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Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie (President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia) was recently in Portugal for a week’s visit, during which he participated in the celebrations marking the 600th anniversary of the Royal House of Bragança.

The grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie was received in Sintra, by the Duke of Bragança, who took him to Cabo de Roca – “where Europe ends and the ocean begins”.

Also D. Filipe Folque de Mendonça (Count of Rio Grande and descendant of King D. João IV) accompanied the Royal visitor to the São Vicente Royal Pantheon, in order to pay homage to the Kings and Queens of the Bragança dynasty.

For a complete report, see this link:
The Crown Council of Ethiopia


Local press reports:
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Jornal de Notícias

Last Sunday, the inauguration of a new spa in São Pedro do Sul (Viseu) included a historical reconstitution, with 150 people recreating the time when the first King of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, was here to cure a wounded a leg, after the Battle of Badajoz.

D. Duarte Pio, Duke of Bragança, was one of the special guests who attended the parade.


RBA - Rádio Bragança: Feira de São Pedro celebra 25 anos

The São Pedro Fair (an anual fair held in Macedo de Cavaleiros) is taking place up to July 5th. Among the events that are scheduled, there is a symposium on "Heritage, Tourism and Nature", which will be attended by D. Duarte Pio, Duke of Bragança.
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The interview was mostly about Portuguese political, cultural and economical issues.
I would have to agree with D. Duarte. A democratic republican form of government is prone to short-term thinking. Often I think our politicians here in the US only think in the short-term and not in the long-term interests of the country because they are trying to get re-elected. So they cater to the immediate interests and popular notions at the time instead of attempting to discern and work for what is best for the nation in the long run. In my opinion this is one of the reasons our country has developed certain characteristics that were never intended by our founders. For instance, if we would stay true to what our founders had intended, and be more concerned about long-term interests, we would probably be meddling less in other countries' affairs and be building more friendly economic interests with them. Our State's would not have lost so much of their liberties, rights and sovereignty. Actually, I think this is why so many Americans are a little suspicious about the European Union. Are the European countries going to lose much of their liberties and sovereignty? Be careful of a strong centralized federal government. We have found that as the government becomes more centralized and powerful, economic and political liberties seem to decrease.

The short-term thinking is also what has resulted in our dependence on oil rather than developing a long term energy strategy.

Another problem is that many factions have developed that is splitting the country ideologically. And these factions tend to be self-righteous believing only their vision of the country has any merit, and work to gain power over the other factions. There are several reasons why these factions develop, which I don't have the space or time to go into right now. But the President, generally, cannot unify these factions since that person is a member of one of the factions that is opposition to other factions. Often, I think, it would be nice to have a monarchy that would be above partisanship and provide an institution which unites the people. Don't get me wrong, just because I'm critical of some of things my country has become does not mean I don't think we have some great qualities. After all it is still my home. I just think in some ways a constitutional monarchy offers some advantages that would offset the disadvantages inherent in a democratic republic.

I know there have been some not so good experiences with monarchies in the past. But there have been some good success stories with monarchies as well. From my perspective, I would say that the European countries should be very careful about throwing out their monarchies, and instead work to find a way to include the institution of monarchy in how they govern themselves.
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The main beneficiary of the business exchange (which should overcome 2.000.000 €) will be D. Duarte, since the statutes of the Foundation allocate 60% of its revenues to the head of the Bragança royal family and his descendants.

The D. Manuel II Foundation was established by D.ª Augusta Vitória (the widow of King D. Manuel) for social and cultural purposes.

I don't know much about the Foundation's statutes. Who (Dª Augusta, Salazar?) stablished that 60% of its revenues would be allocated to the the Head of the House of Bragança?
Since the Foundation was created for social and cultural purposes, I am surprised that only 40% are used for that purpose.
Regina, I would have to agree with D. Duarte...
I agree with you, Keith, interesting post of yours.
Here in Portugal, the elected Presidents always try to be re-elected 5 years later. So in the first five years, they say popular (and populist) things, they try to be nice all the time to everyone and do not give too much "problems" to the Government. After those 5 years, they change and become "tough" to the Government. Each of them wish to become known as the best President that Portugal ever had...

Just to give you an example: our President (Cavaco Silva) always called himself a praticant Catholic. Which means he goes to the Mass every Sunday, he recognized Pope's authority, etc. The Roman Catholicism teachings say you can't approve a law if it is against God. On the last referend about Abortion, most people (more than 55%) stayed at home and didn't care for this. So the result (Yes or No) could never be taken as Valid. The Yes won and no matter how much Christians (Catholics, Evagelics) signed petitions to Cavaco to ask him to do not sign a law supporting abortions, he did sign it because if he didn't, most political parties would accuse him of not respecting people's will, etc. And maybe because of that he wouldnt wint the elections next time... The possible negative comments were the only reason why he signed something against his so well known beliefs.
As many Christians condemned his behaviour, he later said he would pay attention to exaggerations this law could bring... :ermm:

Anyway, I trully believe that he would NOT sign this law if he was in his second (and last) presidential mandate. So as you see, the perspective of future elections really made presidents think in short terms and not according to what they think it is the best for the people.
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If 55% of the people stayed home and did not vote, then the will of the people cannot be discerned with a certainty. There is another problem that seems to occur in a republic. Of course, I suppose this problem could occur elsewhere where there is a supreme court that interprets laws. This problem is one of loosely interpreting the constitution. One of the critiques of our Supreme Court is that it has loosely interpreted our constitution to make it agree with their personal beliefs. This essentially results in the court making laws, by-passing the legislative branch, and actually going against the will of the majority of people to please a particular segment of society. Theoretically, our legislative branch could over-ride this situation, but choose not to because of fears of not being re-elected. Again, this raises the question whether or not the long-term well-being of the country is being considered.

It would be nice to have some kind of institution that stands above all this and is in a position to question these kinds of situations without having to worry about being popular or winning elections.
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I don't know much about the Foundation's statutes. Who (Dª Augusta, Salazar?) stablished that 60% of its revenues would be allocated to the the Head of the House of Bragança?
I can't answer that question, I'm sorry Regina.
But here's the website of the Foundation:

DN Online: D. Duarte diz que há cada vez mais pessoas com fome

D. Duarte de Bragança stressed yesterday that the State should be commited in giving training to families on how to manage the domestic economy, in the context of the present food crisis.

"There are people starving, but many people is in a difficult situation, because they are not able to manage the domestic economy," told D. Duarte. "For example, many people do not know how to plan a balanced diet; they think they have to eat a steak every day". Therefore, he considered that the State must have a "vital" role in educating these families.

These quotes were made in the scope of the inaugural session of the symposium "Food Crisis in Urban Centers". The event took place yesterday in Fundão and it was organized by the Portuguese Institute of Democracy (whose chairman is the Duke of Bragança) in association with the Town Hall of Fundão.
Entrega de medalhas marca Dia de Minas em Mariana*-*UFOP - Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto

On July 16th, the official festivities of the State of Minas Gerais were attended by the Duke of Bragança, who presented the Brazilian city of Mariana with a portrait of the queen who gave name to the city: D.ª Maria Ana Josefa (a.k.a. D.ª Mariana of Austria). The portrait dates from the 19th century and it was later transferred to Rio de Janeiro. In 1998, during a visit to Mariana, Dom Duarte de Bragança had assumed the commitment to donate the picture to this city.

D. Duarte travelled to Brazil, accompanied by Dona Isabel de Herédia and by the princes D. Afonso de Santa Maria, D.ª Maria Francisca and D. Dinis.

Globo VÃ*deos - VIDEO - Solenidade em Mariana comemora Dia de Minas

Photos by Secom MG and Imprensa MG:
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I guess this was the children's first time to Brazil. Dona Isabel had lived there for many years so I believe she was very happy to be there with her family.

She always describes her years in São Paulo as very pleasant and memorable.
Brazil was a place where Isabel took one of the most important decisions of her life. When D. Duarte proposed to her, she didn't give him an immediate Yes. She travelled to Brazil (where she could be far from everyone) to think about her future.
I genuinely like this couple; I realize that their marriage has strong undertones of arrangement, but the fact is that they both seem to have thrived within it, and can reach outward to causes that aren't necessarily advancing their own personal agendas.

I particularly support D. Duarte de Bragança's efforts to bring a rational process to making a home and the economic implications of that. It's too neglected. We used to have courses in "home economics," and I think those need to be re-introduced.
The Duke and Duchess of Bragança and their children spent part of their summer vacations in Côte d'Azur, along with their cousins, Guillaume and Sybilla of Luxembourg.

Contacto Semanario
Do you know if they rented a house there? Or were they staying in the holiday residence of the Luxembourg Grand Ducal family (I believe that one is located on the Cote d'Azur).
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Correio da Manhã

After a vacation of ten-days in Brazil (where the family enjoyed the piece of a large farm in Minas Gerais) and one week in Cote d'Azur (at the Prince of Luxembourg's residence), the Duke and Duchess of Bragança are now enjoying the very last days of their holidays in the Algarve (south of Portugal).

D. Duarte Pio and the family are vacationing in their house of Ferragudo, along with a group of more than ten people, including D.ª Isabel's brothers and some other friends. Last Wednesday, the group was very amused, drinking "caipirinhas" at the beach of Caneiros, up to 8:30 PM.

Yesterday however, the group chose to have lunch on the terrace of the house. After the meal, the group visited the Castle and Cathedral of Silves and took some photos by the statue of D. Sancho I, the second king of Portugal.
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