Eleanora, Princess of Ligne
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. 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
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. 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:
- Princess Alix Marie Isabelle Adelgonde Eléonore de Ligne (b. 3 July 1984), married on 18 June 2016 Count Guillaume Aymar Emmanuel de Dampierre (b. 4 May 1985)
- Prince Henri Antoine Gabriël Wauthier Marie Lamoral of Ligne (b. 3 March 1989)
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
- 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
Eleanora's ancestors in three generations
- Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Dona Eleanora de Orléans-Bragança e Wittelsbach". Retrieved 30 July 2010.
- Noblesse et Royautes, Order of Saint Isabel awarded to several Gotha personalities
- This article incorporates information from the Portuguese Wikipedia.
Eleanora, Princess of LigneBorn: 20 May 1953
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Princess Isabel Maria of Orléans-Braganza
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Vassouras line of succession to the Brazilian throne
7th in line
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1889
Prince Henri Antoine of Ligne