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The Chamber of Peers of Portugal, alternatively translatable as the House of Lords and formally styled the Chamber of the Most Worthy Peers of the Realm (Portuguese: Câmara dos Pares or Câmara dos Digníssimos Pares do Reino), was the upper house of the Cortes Gerais, the legislature of the Kingdom of Portugal during most of the constitutional monarchy period. Members of the Chamber were Peers of the Realm, appointed directly at the pleasure of the Portuguese monarch.

Chamber of the Most Worthy Peers of the Realm

Câmara dos Digníssimos Pares do Reino
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Type
Type
History
Founded1826
Disbanded1910
Leadership
First President (Lord Speaker) of the Chamber
Nuno Caetano Álvares Pereira de Melo, 6th Duke of Cadaval
Last President (Lord Speaker) of the Chamber
Gonçalo Pereira da Silva de Sousa e Menezes, 3rd Count of Bertiandos
Seats90
Meeting place
Camara dos Pares.jpg
São Bento Palace
Lisbon, Kingdom of Portugal

HistoryEdit

 
The ceremonial robes and uniform of Peers of the Realm while the Chamber was in session; 1860.

It was established before the Liberal Wars. The monarch appointed a number of the highest nobility to the Chamber. It was composed of 90 peerages, who did not have a hereditary right to sit by descent, but were nominated by the monarch.

The Chamber existed from 1826-1838 and again from 1842-1910, when it was known as the Chamber of Peers of the Realm (Câmara dos Pares do Reino).[1][2]

One of the members was The 1st Duke of Albuquerque (1815-1890).

The Chamber met at the São Bento Palace.[3] The successor of the Chamber was the Senate.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Debates Parlamentares - Câmara dos Dignos Pares do Reino / Monarquia Constitucional". Debates.parlamento.pt. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Debates Parlamentares - Câmara dos Pares do Reino / Monarquia Constitucional". Debates.parlamento.pt. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2014-08-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2014-08-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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