Prince of Grão-Pará

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The Prince of Grão-Pará was the title bestowed on the eldest son of the Prince Imperial of Brazil. The title holder was the second in the line of succession to the throne of the Empire of Brazil, after the Prince Imperial. The title was established by article 105 of the 1824 Brazilian Constitution, which read:[1]

O Herdeiro presumptivo do Imperio terá o Titulo de "Principe Imperial" e o seu Primogenito o de "Principe do Grão Pará" todos os mais terão o de "Principes". O tratamento do Herdeiro presumptivo será o de "Alteza Imperial" e o mesmo será o do Principe do Grão Pará: os outros Principes terão o Tratamento de Alteza.
(The heir presumptive of the Empire will have the title of "Prince Imperial" and his first born son the title of "Prince of Grão-Pará", all the others shall have that of "Prince". The style of the heir presumptive and the Prince of Grão-Pará will be "Imperial Highness": the other princes will have the style of "Highness".)

The only holder of the title under the constitution was Prince Pedro de Alcântara of Orléans and Braganza, who was the eldest son of Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil, and grandson of Emperor Pedro II. He held the title from his birth in 1875 until after the Brazilian monarchy was deposed in 1889.

The only known documented and official exception was Princess Maria da Glória, who was created Princess of Grão-Pará in her own right by her father, Pedro I of Brazil, after the birth of his heir apparent, Prince Imperial Pedro (later Pedro II). She used the title in her capacity as second in the line of succession to the Brazilian throne from December 1825 to April 1826, until her father abdicated the throne of Portugal in her favor, and she became Queen Maria II.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Constituicão Politica do Imperio do Brazil (de 25 de Março de 1824)" (in Portuguese). Government of Brazil. Retrieved 2 November 2011.