Wedding of Infanta Maria Francisca and Duarte de Sousa Araújo Martins

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Wedding of Duchess of Coimbra
Date7 October 2023; 8 months ago (7 October 2023)
VenuePalace of Mafra
LocationMafra, Portugal
ParticipantsInfanta Maria Francisca, Duchess of Coimbra
Duarte de Sousa Araújo Martins

The wedding of Infanta Maria Francisca, Duchess of Coimbra and Duarte de Sousa Araújo Martins is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 7, 2023, at Palace of Mafra, in Mafra, Portugal. The bride is third in line to the Portuguese throne. The couple announced their engagement in December 2022.[1]

Engagement announcement[edit]

On December 15, 2022, the Duke and Duchess of Bragança announced the engagement of Infanta Maria Francisca to Duarte de Sousa Araújo Martins (b. 1992). The couple had become engaged in East Timor earlier in the month.[2]

About the bride and groom[edit]

The bride[edit]

Maria Francisca of Braganza is one of the daughters of Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza and Isabel de Herédia, who are the Duke and Duchess of Bragança, respectively. She was born in Lisbon, on March 3, 1997, and is second in line to the Portuguese throne, after her older brother, Afonso, Prince of Beira. She also holds the titles of Infanta of Portugal and Duchess of Coimbra. Maria Francisca studied Social Communication and Culture at the Portuguese Catholic University.[3]

The groom[edit]

Duarte Maria de Sousa Araújo Martins was born in Lisbon on May 14, 1992, son of Pedro Martins and Maria do Carmo de Sousa Araújo. He is the maternal grandson of the architect and sacred art painter João de Sousa Araújo. He has a degree in Law from the Universidade Católica Portuguesa and a Master of Laws (Banking and Finance Law) from Queen Mary University, in London. He specializes in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and works at the law firm Uría Menéndez – Proença de Carvalho. In addition, he carries out voluntary work, having been general head of missions at the Faculdade de Direito da Católica.[4]

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Portuguese royal family[edit]

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