House of Braganza

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Coat of Arms of the House of Braganza

The House of Braganza (Portuguese: Casa de Bragança) is a royal house which reigned over Portugal and Brazil.

The House of Braganza was founded by Afonso, the illegitimate son of King John I of Portugal of the House of Aviz, who was created Duke of Braganza in 1443.[1] His descendant John II, 8th Duke of Braganza ascended to the Portuguese throne in 1640 under the regnal name of King John IV.

The current head of the House of Braganza is Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza.


  1. Almanach de Gotha (1923). Page 31