Antônio João Maria José Jorge Miguel Gabriel Rafael Gonzaga de Orléans e Bragança e Wittelsbach (born 24 June 1950) is the inheritor obvious of the Vassouras department of the Area of Orléans-Braganza and present Prince Imperial of Brazil.
Early existence and profession
Prince António was once born in Rio de Janeiro, the 6th son of Prince Pedro Henrique of Orléans-Braganza and his spouse, Princess Maria of Bavaria.
In 1976, Antônio earned a bachelor’s level in Engineering (with a specialization in Main Structural Initiatives) from the College of Barra do Piraí.
Antônio is an artist, generally portray water colour landscapes depicting constructions, ranches, and farms standard of colonial Brazil. In Might 1999 he held an exhibition, “A Herança Portuguesa no Brasil Colonial” (The Portuguese Heritage in Colonial Brazil) at Ipanema Park in Portugal. In 2001 he held exhibitions at Curitiba and at Joinville. His paintings has additionally been displayed within the Crystal Palace in Petropolis, the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro, and the Galeria Quadrante and the Museu da Casa Brasileira in São Paulo.
Marriage and factor
In 1981, he married Princess Christine de Ligne (born 11 August 1955 in Belœil), daughter of Antoine, thirteenth Prince of Ligne (head of one in every of Belgium’s most important noble households) and his spouse, Princess Alix of Luxembourg. The civil rite came about on September 25 and the spiritual rite on September 26, each at Belœil.
The couple have 4 youngsters:
- Prince Pedro Luiz of Orléans-Braganza (12 January 1983 in Rio de Janeiro – 1 June 2009), he was once a passenger at the Air France Flight 447, which crashed into the sea whilst touring from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.
- Princess Amélia of Orléans-Braganza (born 15 March 1984 in Brussels), renounced succession rights and married on Bastille Day 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Alexander James Spearman (born 27 March 1984 in Perth), son of Lochain Alexander Spearman and Pilar Garrigues y Carnicer. They’ve two sons: Alexander Joaquim Pedro Spearman (born 30 August 2016 in Madrid) and Nicholas Rafael William Spearman (born 20 February 2018 in Madrid).
- Prince Rafael of Orléans-Braganza (born 24 April 1986 in Rio de Janeiro), inheritor to his father.
- Princess Maria Gabriela of Orléans-Bragança (born 8 June 1989 in Rio de Janeiro)
Antônio lives along with his circle of relatives in Petrópolis.
Dom Antônio’s eldest brother was once Prince Luiz of Orléans-Braganza, former Head of the Brazilian Imperial Circle of relatives and, from a monarchist point of view, de jure Emperor Luiz I of Brazil. After Dom Luiz within the succession order got here the following brother, Prince Bertrand. Even if he’s the 6th brother, Antônio follows Bertrand within the succession order as a result of 3 older brothers renounced their claims to the throne to be able to marry commoners. Some Brazilian royalists believe the wedding of Prince Antônio with Princess Christine de Ligne as a mésalliance or morganatic, because the Princes de Ligne had been by no means a sovereign circle of relatives, nor a mediatised circle of relatives.