Afonso, Prince of Beira

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Prince of Beira
Born (1996-03-25) 25 March 1996 (age 28)
Lisbon, Portugal
Full name
Afonso de Santa Maria Miguel Gabriel Rafael
House Braganza
Father Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza
Mother Isabel de Herédia
Religion Roman Catholic

Dom Afonso, Prince of Beira (born 25 March 1996) is the heir apparent to the Portuguese throne. He is the elder son of Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza and Isabel, Duchess of Braganza. The Miguelista, to which Afonso belongs as the great-great-grandson of King Miguel I, is a cadet branch of the House of Braganza. With the extinction of the male dynasties descending from Queen Maria II in 1932, Miguel's descendants became the only remaining male Braganças and the closest male heirs to the extinct Portuguese throne.

25 March 1996-present His Royal Highness The Prince of Beira, The Duke of Barcelos, The Duke of Guimaraes

Early life[edit]

Afonso was born in Lisbon the eldest child of Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, and Dª. Isabel Inês Castro Curvello de Herédia.[1] His full name ends with Miguel Gabriel Rafael, a naming tradition of the House of Braganza that honors the three archangels in the Catholic Church.

On 1 June 1996, in the Cathedral of Braga, Afonso was baptised by Eurico Dias Nogueira, Archbishop of Braga, Primate of all the Spains.

His godparents are Princess Helene of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and his maternal uncle, Afonso Miguel de Herédia.[2]

Immediately after his baptism at the Sé Cathedral of Braga, the young prince was consecrated in nearby Guimarães to Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, (Our Lady of the Olive Tree), where his ancestor King John I (founder of the House of Aviz), along with his illegitimate son Afonso, Duke of Braganza (founder of the House of Braganza), had been to thank her for his victory at the battle of Aljubarrota, in 1385, against his niece Queen Beatrice of Portugal and her husband John I of Castile.

Afonso's education has included St. Julian's School on the Portuguese Riviera, Colégio Planalto in Lisbon, and The Oratory School, a Catholic Public School in the United Kingdom.

He has a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the Catholic University of Portugal at the Institute for Political Studies in Lisbon.

Prince of Beira[edit]

Afonso is first in the line of succession to the Portuguese Crown, as heir to his father, the Duke of Braganza.

In August 2018 Afonso joined[3] as an intern in the Social and Pre-Hospitalar Emergency Department, the Voluntary Fire Brigade of Lisbon, following in the foot steps of Afonso, Duke of Porto, who was Honorary Commander of the same brigade. The decision to join the fire brigade came after discussing Portugal's summer fires with his family and friends.

In recognition of his family's connections to East Timor, Afonso was made an honorary Liurai (a ruler's title on Timor. The word is Tetun and literally means "surpassing the earth") in September 2014,[4] when he and his family visited the country to attend the second Senate session of the Liurais Association, which represents the descendants of the island's tribal kings.





  1. "L'infant du Portugal est né", Point de Vue (3 au 10 avril, 1996): 9.
  2. "Le Portugal baptise l'héritier de la couronne", Point de Vue (5 au 11 juin, 1996): 12–15.
  3. Ferreira, Marta Leite. "D. Afonso de Bragança está a estagiar num quartel, mas para já não pode combater fogos". Observador (in European Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  4. "Afonso, filho dos duques de Bragança, investido 'liurai' numa visita a Timor". Caras. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  5. "ORDEM DE MALTA: Dom Duarte de Bragança consagra filho Dom Afonso a Nossa Senhora da Lapa". ORDEM DE MALTA. 27 September 2015. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  6. Menezes, Maria. "Família Real Portuguesa: DEZANOVE ANOS DE CASAMENTO DOS DUQUES DE BRAGANÇA". Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  7. "Comunicado: A propósito das ordens imperiais brasileiras". 8 February 2022. Retrieved 18 July 2022.
  8. Constantinian

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Afonso, Prince of Beira
Born: 25 March 1996
Titles in pretence
Preceded by Prince of Beira
Duke of Barcelos

25 March 1996
Line of succession to the Portuguese throne
1st position
Succeeded by
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