Although history is written by the victors and there might have been a temptation to hide the first wedding between uncle and niece, D.Maria officially was married 3 times and there is no argue about that.
If the two parties never met or consumated the matrimony during the period they were married, that does not exclude that on October 29 1826 Maria da Gloria married by proxy in Rio de Janeiro her uncle D.Miguel with papal dispense on account of their kinship.
Such marriage was only annulled in December 1st 1834, oddly enough, the day she married by proxy, again, in Munich, her 2nd husband, August de Beauharnais, Duke of Leuchtenberg.
I wonder if nobody noticed that D.Maria had been previously married and such marriage had never been dissolved before, with the risk of her having been bygamist
Officially, the queen is listed as having undergone only two marriages ...
The reason for my focusing on 2nd sons is that although in today's world such a person doesn't have any chance of succession, in the past it used to be common for younger sons to sit on thrones.
Unfortunately, this could have caused problems for 2nd sons who renounced their rights -- whether or not they had to -- when marrying queens regnant (or princesses who were close in line to thrones). We've seen the mess caused in the royal house of Bourbon, by the union in 1901 of Infanta Maria de las Mercedes of Spain and her Neopolitan cousin, Prince Carlo of the Two Sicilies.
Queen Victoria's husband, however, never renounced his rights to the ducal throne of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. As it was, their eldest son conditionally renounced his rights -- the result being that he and his issue got passed over in the German succession, in favor of his younger brothers.
This sort of thing sometimes creates havoc in dynasties; but fortunately in that particular case, neither King Edward VII of Great Britain nor his son, King George V, ever made a stink about it. Heck, they had no reason to, since they inherited the British throne: "I'm the king of England and emperor of India; why should I give a darn about being the duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha?"
This may be stretching the rope a bit too much.
D.Miguel I was the 3rd son, but 2nd surviving son of D.João VI.
When D.João VI died in 1826, he was legally succeeded by D.Pedro I Emperor of Brazil who abdicated the portuguese crown in his elder daughter D.Maria II da Glória.
D.Pedro established that D.Maria II would marry her uncle D.Miguel, a wedding by proxy was celebrated and they were formally married from 1826 till 1834 when the marriage was finally annulled.
D.Maria II was just 7 when she married her uncle
D.Miguel, the 2nd son, found himself legally married to the de jure Queen D.Maria II, although they never met during their "married life".
Wonder why it took so much time (8 years) to obtain the annullement of the marriage.
Of course D.Maria da Glória was a minor and there was no rush for her to marry anyone else, but considering D.Pedro saw D.Miguel as an usurper, he should have provided sooner for the annullement of that wedding.
May be he was too busy trying to regain the crown to be bothered with that "minor" circumstance .
I admit this one may be a stretch.
Heinrich V (1081 or 1086 -1125), was King of Germany (from 1099 to 1125) and Holy Roman Emperor (from 1111 to 1125) was the second son of Henry IV and his wife Bertha of Savoy (died in 1087).
Heinrich V married Matilda of England daughter and heir of King Henry I of England.
Although Stephen of Blois usurped the throne, during the ensuing Civil War known as the Anarchy, Matilda did capture London and Stephen was imprisoned. Matilda was never formally declared Queen of England, and was instead titled "Lady of the English" seating her coronation but in the end was unable to consolidate her position and Stephen returned to the throne and Matilda fled briefly to Normandy.
Also. The Anarchy did occur after the death of Heinrich V and Matilda's subsequent marriage to Geoffrey of Anjou.
Who were the royal princes born as second sons in their families and who married women who became heads of royal houses?
Probably the best-known example would be Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who in 1840 married his first cousin, Queen Victoria of Great Britain.
Their kinsman, Prince Gaston of Orléans, married Isabel, the Princess Imperial of Brazil
Prince George of Denmark (1653-1708) was born the third son in his family (his father being King Frederik III); but because one of his older brothers died in infancy, he might count as a second son. In any case, he was married to Queen Anne of Great Britain.
Are there other examples? What about the early pre-Spanish kingdoms or Navarre?