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Pedro Henrique Afonso Filipe Maria Gastão Miguel Gabriel Rafael Gonzaga d'Orléans e Bragança

Russian: Педру Энрике Орлеан-Браганса
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, Ile-de-France, France
Death: July 05, 1981 (71)
Vassouras, Vassouras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Place of Burial: Vassouras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Immediate Family:

Son of Luís Maria de Orléans e Bragança and Maria Pia di Borbone Due-Sicilie
Husband of Maria Elisabeth von Wittelsbach, prinzessin von Bayern
Father of Luís Gastão d'Orléans e Bragança; Eudes Maria d'Orléans e Bragança; Bertrand de Orléans e Bragança; Isabel Maria de Orléans e Bragança; Pedro de Alcântara de Orléans e Bragança e Wittelsbach and 7 others
Brother of Luis Gastão d'Orléans e Bragança and Pia Maria d'Orléans e Bragança

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About Pedro Henrique d'Orléans e Bragança

He was born in 1909 in France at Boulogne-sur-Seine during the exile of the Brazilian imperial family, which had been deposed in 1889, his father, Prince Luiz of Orléans-Braganza, was the second son of the heir to the defunct Brazilian throne, the Princess Imperial Isabel, and Prince Gaston d'Orléans, comte d'Eu. His mother was Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.] The year before Pedro Henrique's birth, she recognized his father, Luiz, as the heir to the succession when Luiz's elder brother, Pedro de Alcântara, Prince of Grão-Pará, renounced his claim to the throne on behalf of himself and his descendants

Thus, at birth Prince Pedro Henrique received the title of Prince of Grão-Pará, according to Article 105 of the Constitution of 1824. He was baptized in the chapel of the Château d'Eu with the waters of the fountain taken from Largo da Carioca, in Rio de Janeiro, his godparents were his paternal grandmother, Princess Isabel of Brazil, and maternal grandfather Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta, Head of the royal house of the Two Sicilies. The prince and his family lived between the Eu castle and a palace in Boulogne-sur-Seine, both belonging to the Imperial Family, he was raised primarily by his paternal grandmother, and numerous preceptors educated him as future emperor of Brazil In 1920, his father died in Cannes of injuries acquired in the trenches of the First World War; in 1920 Brazil's banishment of the Orléans-Braganzas was revoked by the then President Epitácio Pessoa. Prince Pedro Henrique accompanied Count d'Eu when he led part of the Imperial Family back to Brazil, without the aged and infirm Princess Isabel. Grandfather and grandson returned to Europe Upon the death of his father in 1920 Prince Pedro Henrique became Prince Imperial, but on 14 November 1921 Princess Isabel died at the Castle d'Eu. So, at age of 12 Prince Pedro Henrique became the head of the imperial family. Had he became Emperor, his imperial name would be Dom Pedro III.

He continued living in France with his mother, Princess Maria Pia, where she thought he could get a better education with his siblings Prince Luiz Gastão and Princess Pia Maria. Pedro Henrique was educated at the Ecôle des Sciences Politiques in Paris, he was described by his grandmother as "a very intelligent child".

In 1925, at the age of 16, the Brazilian government ruled against his request to serve in the military.

Pedro de Alcântara, Prince of Grão-Pará, died in 1940.

Pedro Henrique was only able to return to Brazil in 1945, when the Second World War ended, he settled first in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, in the palace of the Grão-Pará, and then in the neighborhood of Retiro, also in Petrópolis. His cousin, Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza, the eldest son of Pedro de Alcântara, Prince of Grão-Pará, challenged Pedro Henrique's right to the succession in 1946, on the basis that his father's renunciation had no legal force.

In 1951, D. Pedro Henrique bought a farm, Fazenda Santa Maria, in the town of Jacarezinho, interior of Paraná; in 1965, he returned to Rio de Janeiro, settling in Vassouras, an important city in the days of Empire for coffee production. Prince Pedro Henrique resided at a site called Santa Maria until the end of his life, he was active in the monarchist movement.

On his death in 1981, Pedro Henrique's claim to the throne passed to his eldest son, Prince Luiz

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Pedro Henrique d'Orléans e Bragança's Timeline

September 13, 1909
Boulogne-Billancourt, Ile-de-France, France
June 6, 1938
Age 28
Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
June 8, 1939
Age 29
Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
February 2, 1941
Age 31
Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
April 5, 1944
Age 34
La Bourboule, France
December 1, 1945
Age 36
Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
February 2, 1948
Age 38
Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
June 24, 1950
Age 40
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
May 20, 1953
Age 43
Jacarezinho, Parana, Brazil