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Prince Luiz of Braganza to become Chairman of Brazil’s House of Foreign Relations

By Tonyjeff, based on work of Jean-Baptiste Debret. - XIX century, Public Domain,

This week, the Brazilian national press announced that the Brazilian royal, Prince Luiz Philippe of Orléans-Braganza will become the new Chairman of the House of Foreign Relations Committee. The change of office will happen when the current post holder, the son of President Eduardo, is appointed as Ambassador to the United States. His Royal Highness Prince Luiz Philippe of Orléans-Braganza is currently the Vice President of the House Foreign Relations Committee.

In February this year, His Royal Highness Prince Luiz Philippe of Orléans-Braganza was inaugurated in Brasília for his first term as Congress representative in the Brazilian parliament. During the inauguration, the Prince of the former Empire of Brazil wore the Imperial Order of Christ that used to belong to Emperor Pedro II Brazil.

Prince Luiz Philippe was officially elected as new congress-representative for the state of Sao Paulo in Brazil last year. The Brazilian royal received more than 120,000 votes and therefore became one of the 70 congress representatives. Prince Luiz Philippe is often referred to as just  “O Príncipe” (the Prince) by the media. Luiz Philippe is a member of Bolsonaro’s PSL party.

HRH Prince Luiz Philippe of Orleans-Braganca. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Prince Luiz Philippe was born in 1969. He is the son of Prince Eudes of Orléans-Braganza and Ana Maria de Cerqueira César Moraes de Barros. It is his nephew, Prince Luiz of Orléans-Braganza, who is one of the disputed heads of the Imperial House of Brazil. Among one of his popular proposals is the creation of a fourth national authority equal to the current head of state. The fourth power will, according to the Prince, have a veto equal to the parliament. Many believe that this may be the first step in the direction to re-establish a version of a monarchy in Brazil.

The Brazilian Imperial Family is a branch of the Portuguese Royal House of Braganza that ruled the Empire of Brazil from 1822 to 1889. The members of the family are dynastic descendants of Emperor Pedro I. With the proclamation of the republic in 1889, and the consequent extinction of the Brazilian Empire on that date, the title of Head of the Imperial House of Brazil was created for the apparent heir to the defunct throne.

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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.