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Demoted Braganza princes
Posted by Steven
on 5/11/2018, 22:58:04
The sons and daughter of the Duke of Vizeu and his Duchess née Anita Stewart were recognized by the Duke's father as Braganza princes. They were listed as such in the Almanach de Gotha from 1911-1926, the latter year being well after their father's renunciation and subsequent death. (Vizeu's 1920 renunciation of succession rights of his children as well as his own rights seems highly irregular, much like Tsar Nicholas II's legally dubious abdication for both himself and his minor-age son.)
Assuming the last Gotha in which their grandfather the old Duke of Braganza had input was the 1926 edition (he died in 1927), it appears the Braganza teenagers, living in New York at the time, were demoted at the request of either the new Duke of Braganza (their father's much younger half-brother) or by those acting on the new duke's behalf.
The matter of their succession rights aside, was there Portuguese royal precedent or any legal merit to the minor-age princes being stripped of the rank and titles accorded to them at birth?
- Demoted Braganza princes - Steven 5/11/2018, 22:58:04
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