Pedro Thiago, Prince Imperial of Brazil

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Pedro Thiago
Prince Imperial of Brazil
D. Pedro Thiago in 2022.
Born (1979-01-12) 12 January 1979 (age 45)
Petrópolis, Brazil
Full name
Pedro Thiago Maria Miguel Gabriel Rafael Gonzaga de Bourbon e Orléans e Bragança
House Orléans-Braganza
Father Pedro Carlos, Prince of Brazil
Mother Rony Kuhn Souza
Occupation Cyclist
Religion Roman Catholic

Dom Pedro Thiago, Prince Imperial of Brazil (born 12 January 1979) is a member of the Imperial House of Brazil and the Prince Imperial of Brazil according to the disputed claims of the Imperial Family's Petrópolis branch, being the first in the line of succession to the Brazilian throne as heir to his father Pedro Carlos, Prince of Brazil. After his father, he is the most senior member of the House of Orléans-Braganza and great-great-grandson in male lineage of Isabel, Regent of Brazil. A controversial figure, in 2022 Pedro Thiago proclaimed himself Head of the Imperial House of Brazil in place of his father, accusing him of being a republican.

Early life

Pedro Thiago was born in Petrópolis, the first of the two sons of Pedro Carlos, then Prince Imperial of Brazil, and his first wife Rony Kuhn de Souza, who died two days after his birth. According to Petrópolis branch claims, when he was born, as the Prince Imperial's eldest son, he was styled Prince of Grão-Pará until his grandfather's death in 2007, when he became Prince Imperial of Brazil himself.

On 26 May 1992, Pedro Thiago was kidnapped while on his way to school and held for a ransom reported at $5 million.[1] He was freed on 2 June after police raided a house in a Rio de Janeiro suburb.[2] In January 2002, he was indicted on charges relating to the theft and then sale of a set of porcelain dishes from the Palace of Grão-Pará belonging to his aunt Princess Christina.[3]

Education and career

Prince Pedro Thiago holds a degree in physical education from Estácio de Sá University,[4] having later studied architecture and urbanism at the same university, without ever completing it. Throughout his life, the Prince has held various jobs as a ship's pilot, a professional runner and has been a model.[5] In 2001 he applied to join the Civil Police in which he served for a period until he was dismissed.[6] In 2004 the Prince moved from the Palace of Grão-Pará in Petrópolis to the neighborhood of Jacarepaguá, in Rio de Janeiro, with his then girlfriend, businesswoman Patrícia Lima, becoming a professional cyclist in the downhill category, in which he was considered the 11th best in the world.[5] In 2020 Pedro Thiago ran for vice mayor of the city of Petrópolis by the far-right Brazilian Labor Renewal Party, but without success.[7]

Dynastic activities

In 2022 Prince Pedro Thiago, until then obscure, claimed for himself the headship of the Imperial House of Brazil under the name of Pedro VI, supplanting his father, whom he accuses of having abandoned any claim to the throne for having supposedly declared himself a republican.[4] Pedro Thiago's claim had no effect on the Brazilian monarchist movement, nor on those who support the Petrópolis branch. However, based on the assumption that the Head of the Imperial House is de jure Emperor of Brazil, some monarchists consider that the Prince acted in a criminal manner in violation of article 87 of the Criminal Code of the Empire of Brazil, which establishes:

And therefore, having attacked the position of the legitimate Head of the Imperial House, Pedro Thiago became ineligible to succeed him, theoretically losing the title of Imperial Prince, passed to his brother, Prince Filipe Rodrigo. Furthermore, due to the conflicts he had with his family, as in the case where he stole pieces from his aunt the Princess of Sapieha-Rozanski, and with his own father, and his controversial issues, Pedro Thiago has very little relationship with the international nobility and royalty.

Titles, styles and honors

Styles of
Prince Pedro Thiago
Reference styleHis Imperial Highness
Spoken styleYour Imperial Highness
Alternative styleSire

Titles and styles

  • 12 January 1979 – 27 December 2007: His Imperial Highness The Prince of Grão-Pará
  • 27 December 2007 – present: His Imperial Highness The Prince Imperial of Brazil


Pedro Thiago has been a recipient of the following honours:[8]



  1. Soca, Ricardo (29 May 1992). "La policía brasileña prepara una "operación de guerra" para rescatar al príncipe Pedro". El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 December 2007.
  2. "Police raid hideout near Rio and liberate a teen Prince". Deseret News. 2 June 1992.
  3. Rother, Larry (6 January 2002). "Brazil's Royal Scandal: Prince Is Said to Steal Aunt's Dishes". NY Times. Retrieved 27 December 2007.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Biografia Do Príncipe Dom Pedro Bourbon De Orleans E Bragança Site Oficial Da Casa Imperial Do Brasil
  5. 5.0 5.1 Príncipe pede emprego (29 November 2004)
  6. Um príncipe na polícia do Rio (27 September 2001). Jornal do Brasil
  7. Candidatos a Vice-Prefeito em Petrópolis - Príncipe D.pedro
  8. Sainty, Guy Stair. "House of Bourbon: Branch of Orléans-Braganza". Chivalric Orders. Archived from the original on 25 October 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2007.

External links

Pedro Thiago, Prince Imperial of Brazil
Cadet branch of the House of Orléans
Born: 12 January 1979
Titles in pretence
Petrópolis line of succession to the Brazilian throne
1st position
Succeeded by
Prince Felipe Rodrigo