Happy Birthday to the Duchess of Braganza, who turns 57 today! The Portuguese aristocrat, who grew up between Portugal, Angola, and Brazil, married Dom Duarte Pio, the Duke of Braganza, pretender to the defunct Portuguese throne, the Duchess wears several spectacular jewels, of which we are featuring one of the most significant family heirlooms at her disposal: Queen Amélie’s Diamond Choker!
Today marks the 170th anniversary of the Death of Queen Maria II of Portugal, who passed away on this day in 1853! The Regnant Queen who reigned for over two turbulent decades before her tragic death, Queen Maria II’s Sapphire Tiara was an iconic Jewel that was an Heirloom of the Hohenzollern Princely Family for over a century before being auctioned in 2021, and was on display at the Palácio da Ajuda in Lisbon!
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium are hosting the President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of the Republic of Portugal on a State Visit to Belgium from October 16 to 19, at the invitation of the Belgian Government to celebrate and build diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties, under the themes of digitalization, innovation and energy. The Belgian King and Queen went on a State Visit to Portugal in 2018.
Following the Wedding of Infanta Maria Francisca de Bragança and Duarte de Sousa Araújo Martins at the Basílica Palácio de Mafra, the Duke and Duchess of Braganza hosted a Gala Dinner in the grounds of their House in São Pedro de Sintra on the evening of October 7th, following a Reception held inside the Palácio de Mafra.
Infanta Maria Francisca de Bragança, Duchess of Coimbra, the only daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Braganza, married Duarte de Sousa Araújo Martins at the Basílica Palácio de Mafra inside the Palácio Nacional de Mafra on October 7th, which is the first Portuguese Royal Wedding in over a quarter of a century. The Wedding was followed by a Gala Dinner hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Braganza in the grounds of their House in São Pedro de Sintra.
This week, Infanta Maria Francisca de Bragança, Duchess of Coimbra, the only daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Braganza, will marry Duarte de Sousa Araújo Martins at the Basílica Palácio de Mafra inside the Palácio Nacional de Mafra, which will be the first Portuguese Royal Wedding in over a quarter of a century.
Today marks the Anniversary of the Death of Queen Amélie of Portugal, who passed away on this day in 1951! The exiled Orléans Princess who married the Portuguese King, witnessed the assassination of her husband & son, & was then exiled for the remaining four decades of her life, Queen Amelie wore some spectacular Jewels, which included the Portuguese Crown Sapphires!
Royal and Noble Guests and Relatives from around Europe gathered for the Wedding of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, future Head of the House of Wittelsbach, and Sophie-Alexandra Evekink at the Theatinerkirche (St. Kajetan) in Munich on May 20th, followed by a Reception at Schloss Nymphenburg and a Ball at Schloss Schleißheim. Continue reading
Royal Guests from around the world joined the Greek Royal Family for the the Funeral of King Constantine II of Greece at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Athens at noon on January 16th, which will be followed by the Burial in the Royal Cemetery at Tatoi Palace. The former King Constantine II was an Olympic Gold Medalist before becoming the Sovereign for nine years and then being exiled for over 40 years, returning to Greece only a decade ago. Continue reading