Pedro Carlos of Orléans-Braganza
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|Dom Pedro Carlos|
|Prince of Orléans-Braganza|
Prince Pedro Carlos (on the right) receiving the Brazilian Order of Cultural Merit
|Head of the Imperial House of Brazil
|Period||27 December 2007 – present|
|Predecessor||Prince Pedro Gastão|
|Heir presumptive||Prince Pedro Thiago|
31 October 1945 |
|Spouse||Rony Kuhn de Souza
(m. 1975; d. 1979)
Patricia Alexandra Brascombe
(m. 1981; d. 2009)
|Issue||Prince Pedro Thiago
|Father||Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza|
|Mother||Princess Maria de la Esperanza of Bourbon-Two Sicilies|
Prince Pedro Carlos
|Reference style||His Imperial and Royal Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Imperial and Royal Highness|
Prince Pedro Carlos was born in Petrópolis, the eldest son of six children of Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza and his wife, Princess Maria de la Esperanza of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. He was baptised with the names Pedro de Alcântara Carlos João Lourenço Miguel Rafael Gabriel Gonzaga. Paternally, Pedro Carlos is a cousin of Prince Henri, Count of Paris, Duke of France (born 1933), Orléanist pretender to the French throne, and great grandnephew of Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza (born 1945), pretender to the throne of Portugal and uncle of Prince Peter of Serbia, eldest son of Crown Prince Alexander. On the maternal side, he is also a cousin of Juan Carlos I of Spain (born 1938).
Prince Pedro Carlos is considered to be a claimant to the Brazilian throne by monarchists who believe the 1908 renunciation to dynastic rights of his paternal grandfather was invalid, although a Spanish newspaper has reported that Pedro Carlos subscribes to a republican point of view. Since the death of his father he is genealogically the senior representative of the House of Orleans-Braganza. The validity of his claim to headship of the Imperial dynasty and to the Brazilian throne, if restored, is disputed by those who consider his grandfather's renunciation valid and binding upon his descendants.
Marriages and familyEdit
Pedro Carlos has been married and widowed twice. Each marriage has resulted in one son.
He married Rony Kuhn de Souza (20 March 1938 – 14 January 1979) on 2 September 1975, at Petrópolis. Together, they had one son:
- Prince Pedro Thiago of Orléans-Braganza (born 12 January 1979) – Prince Imperial of Brazil according to supporters of the Petrópolis branch's claim.
Pedro Carlos' first wife died two days after the birth of their son.
On 16 July 1981, at Fazenda São Geraldo, Pedro Carlos married Patricia Alexandra Branscombe (22 November 1964 – 21 November 2009). The couple had one son:
- Prince Filipe Rodrigo of Orléans-Braganza (born 31 December 1982).
- Medal of the Order of Cultural Merit
- Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Pedro I
- Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Rose
- Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Christ
- Knight Grand Cross of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
- Royal Ark
- Bernardo Gutiérrez, "La familia real brasileña defiende los nuevos ideales", Príncipes Republicanos (09/01/2008)
- Marcia Vietra, "Um príncipe na polícia do Rio" Archived 10 November 2003 at the Wayback Machine., Journal do Brasil (27 de Setembro de 2001).
Pedro Carlos of Orléans-Braganza
Cadet branch of the House of OrléansBorn: 31 October 1945
|Titles in pretence|
Prince Pedro Gastão
|— TITULAR —
Emperor of Brazil
One of two pretenders to the Brazilian throne
27 December 2007 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1889
Prince Pedro Thiago