Eleanora, Princess of Ligne

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Princess Eleanora
Princess consort of Ligne
Tenure 2005 – present
Born (1953-05-20) 20 May 1953 (age 63)
Jacarezinho, Paraná, Brazil[1]
Spouse Michel, 14th Prince of Ligne
Issue Princess Alix
Henri Antoine, Hereditary Prince of Ligne
Full name
Eleonora Maria Josefa Rosa Filipa Miguela Gabriela Rafaela Gonzaga de Orléans e Bragança e Wittelsbach
House House of Ligne (by marriage; 1981–)
House of Orléans-Braganza (by birth)
Father Prince Pedro Henrique of Orléans-Braganza
Mother Princess Maria Elisabeth of Bavaria
Princely Family of Ligne
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HRH The Dowager Princess

  • HH Prince Wauthier
    HH Princess Regine
    • HH Prince Philippe
      HH Princess Laetitia
      • HH Prince Jean Charles
      • HH Princess Aliénor
    • HH Princess Melanie Yolande
    • HH Princess Élisabeth Éléonore, Baroness Gillès de Pelichy
  • HH Princess Anne Marie, Mrs. Mortgat
  • HRH Princess Christine of Orléans-Braganza
  • HH Princess Sophie, Countess of Nicolay
  • HH Prince Antoine
    HH Princess Jacqueline
    • HH Prince Louis
    • HH Princess Marie
    • HH Princess Florence

Brazilian Imperial Family
(Vassouras branch)
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Eleanora, Princess of Ligne (born Eleonora Maria Josefa Rosa Filipa Miguela Gabriela Rafaela Gonzaga de Orléans e Bragança e Wittelsbach, as princess of Brazil, de jure, and princess of Orléans-Braganza on 20 May 1953) is the wife of Michel, 14th Prince of Ligne, the head of the House of Ligne since 2005.[1] She is a daughter of Prince Pedro Henrique of Orléans-Braganza and his wife Princess Maria Elisabeth of Bavaria. Her father was the titular Emperor of Brazil, a claim now held by Eleanora's brother Prince Luiz.

Family and education[edit]

Her older brother Prince Antônio of Orléans-Braganza is married to Princess Christine of Ligne, a sister of her husband.

Eleanora has a degree in history from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.


On 10 March 1981, Eleanora married Michel, Hereditary Prince of Ligne in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[1] Michel is the eldest son of Antoine, 13th Prince of Ligne and Princess Alix Marie of Luxembourg (herself a daughter of Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg).

They have two children together:


Michel succeeded as 14th Prince of Ligne on 21 August 2005, making Eleanora Princess of Ligne. The couple have an important social role in Belgium among charitable organizations, where they live with their children.

Titles and honours[edit]

  • 1953-1981: Her Royal Highness Princess Eleonora of Orléans-Braganza
  • 1981-2005: Her Royal Highness The Hereditary Princess of Ligne
  • 2005-present: Her Royal Highness The Princess of Ligne

Dynastical orders[edit]


Eleanora's ancestors in three generations

16. Prince Louis, Duke of Nemours
8. Prince Gaston, Count of Eu
17. Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
4. Prince Luiz of Orléans-Braganza
18. Pedro II of Brazil
9. Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil
19. Princess Theresa Christina of the Two Sicilies
2. Prince Pedro Henrique of Orléans-Braganza
20. Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies
10. Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta
21. Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria (1816–1867)
5. Princess Maria di Grazia of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
22. Prince Francis, Count of Trapani
11. Princess Antonietta of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
23. Archduchess Maria Isabella of Austria
1. Eleanora, Princess of Ligne
24. Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria
12. Ludwig III of Bavaria
25. Archduchess Auguste Ferdinande of Austria
6. Prince Franz of Bavaria
26. Archduke Ferdinand Karl Viktor of Austria-Este
13. Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria-Este
27. Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria
3. Princess Maria Elisabeth of Bavaria
28. Rudolf Maximilian Konstantin, 11th Duke of Croÿ
14. Karl Alfred, 12th Duke of Croÿ
29. Princess Natalie of Ligne
7. Princess Isabella Antonie of Croÿ
30. Engelbert, 8th Duke of Arenberg
15. Princess Ludmilla of Arenberg
31. Princess Éléonore of Arenberg


  1. ^ a b c Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Dona Eleanora de Orléans-Bragança e Wittelsbach". Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Noblesse et Royautes, Order of Saint Isabel awarded to several Gotha personalities

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Eleanora, Princess of Ligne
Born: 20 May 1953
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Princess Isabel Maria of Orléans-Braganza
Vassouras line of succession to the Brazilian throne
7th in line
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1889
Succeeded by
Prince Henri Antoine of Ligne