Sunday, May 15, 2016

Royal Profile: Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza

Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza was born 15 May 1945 the son of Dom Duarte Duno, Duke of Braganza and Princess Fracisca of Orléans-Braganza. He has two brothers:
  1. Infante Miguel, Duke of Viseu (1946)
  2. Infante Henrique, Duke of Coimbra (1949)

His godparents were{Source}:
  • Pope Pius XII
  • Queen Amélie of Orléans 
From 1957 to 1959, Dom Duarte was enrolled in the Colégio Nun'Álvres in Santo Tirso, Portugal. In 1960, he attended Colégio Militar. He also attended Instituto Superior de Agronomia, and later attended the University of Geneva In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he fufilled his military service seriving as a helicopter pilot in the Portuguese Air Force. Dom Duarte was a major campaigner for the independence of Timor-Leste, a former Portuguese colony which was forcibly annexed by Indonesia in 1975.

Duarte Pio often travels and visits various places, in an official charge, for matters concerning cultural affairs, both in Portugal and overseas. From 24 until 25 May 2009, the Duke visited Terceira Island, in the Azores Autonomous Region, as a guest of honour of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia, for the presentation of Mendo Castro Henriques's book, Dom Duarte e a Democracia-Uma Biografia Portuguesa.

On 13 May 1995, he married Isabel Inês de Castro Curvelo de Herédia. Together, they have three children:
  • Infante Afonso de Santa Maria de Bragança of Portugal, Prince of Beira, Duke of Barcelos (1996)
  • Infanta Maria Francisca of Portugal (1997)
  • Infante Dinis de Santa Maria de Bragança of Portugal, Duke of Porto (b. 1999

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