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Prince Pedro Carlos of Orléans-Braganza

Prince Pedro Carlos
Prince of Orléans-Braganza
Prince Pedro Carlos (on the right) receiving the Brazilian Order of Cultural Merit
Head of the Imperial House of Brazil
Period 27 December 2007 – present
Predecessor Prince Pedro Gastão
Heir presumptive Prince Pedro Thiago
Born (1945-10-31) 31 October 1945
Petrópolis, Brazil
Spouse Rony Kuhn de Souza
Patricia Alexandra Brascombe
Issue Prince Pedro Thiago
Prince Filipe
Full name
Pedro de Alcântara Carlos João Lourenço Miguel Rafael Gabriel Gonzaga
House House of Orléans-Braganza
Father Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza
Mother Princess Maria de la Esperanza of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Styles of
Prince Pedro Carlos
Reference style His Imperial and Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial and Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir
Brazilian Imperial Family
(Petrópolis branch)

Prince Pedro Carlos of Orléans-Braganza (born 31 October 1945) is a Brazilian royal, one of two claimants to the defunct Brazilian throne, and head of the Petrópolis branch of the Brazilian Imperial House.


  • Life 1
  • Marriages and family 2
  • Career 3
  • Political beliefs 4
  • Ancestry 5
  • References 6


Prince Pedro Carlos was born in Rio de Janeiro, the eldest son of six children of Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza and his wife, Princess Maria de la Esperanza of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. He was baptised with the names Pedro de Alcântara Carlos João Lourenço Miguel Rafael Gabriel Gonzaga.

By his father, Pedro Carlos is the cousin of Prince Henri, Count of Paris, Duke of France (born 1933), Orléanist pretender to the French throne, and Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza (born 1945), pretender to the throne of Portugal. By his mother, he is also the cousin of Juan Carlos I of Spain (born 1938) and Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (born 1926).

Marriages and family

Pedro Carlos has been married and widowed twice. Each marriage has resulted in one son.

He married Rony Kuhn de Souza (20 March 1938 – 14 January 1979) on 2 September 1975, at Petrópolis. Together, they had one son:

Pedro Carlos' wife, Princess Rony of Orléans-Braganza, died two days after the birth of their son.

On 16 July 1981, at Fazenda São Geraldo, Pedro Carlos married Patricia Alexandra Branscombe (22 November 1964 – 21 November 2009). The couple had one son:

  • Prince Filipe Rodrigo of Orléans-Braganza (born 31 December 1982)

Princess Patricia of Orléans-Braganza died at the Palácio do Grão-Pará in Petrópolis.


Pedro Carlos is a forest engineer.[1]

Political beliefs

Prince Pedro Carlos is considered to be a claimant of the Brazilian throne by monarchists who believe the renunciation of his grandfather was invalid, but a Spanish newspaper has reported that Pedro Carlos subscribes to a Republican point of view.[2] Since the death of his father he is considered as the senior representative of the Imperial House of Brazil.



  1. ^ Marcia Vietra, "Um príncipe na polícia do Rio", Journal do Brasil (27 de Setembro de 2001).
  2. ^ Bernardo Gutiérrez, "La familia real brasileña defiende los nuevos ideales", Príncipes Republicanos (09/01/2008)
Prince Pedro Carlos of Orléans-Braganza
Cadet branch of the House of Orléans
Born: 31 October 1945
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Prince Pedro Gastão
Emperor of Brazil
Petrópolis pretender to the Brazilian throne
27 December 2007 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1889
Prince Pedro Thiago
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