Infante Miguel, Duke of Viseu

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Infante Miguel
Duke of Viseu
Born (1946-12-03) 3 December 1946 (age 72)
Bern, Switzerland
Full name
Miguel Rafael Gabriel Xavier Teresa Maria Felix
HouseBraganza
FatherDuarte Nuno, Duke of Braganza
MotherMaria Francisca of Orléans-Braganza
ReligionRoman Catholic

Infante Dom Miguel, Duke of Viseu (born 3 December 1946) is a member of the Portuguese royal family, as the second child of Duarte Nuno, Duke of Braganza, and Princess Maria Francisca of Orléans-Braganza. The Duke of Viseu is fourth in the Line of succession to the former Portuguese throne, behind his elder brother, Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, and his three children.

The Duke of Viseu is a noted patron of the arts and painter, and the founder and sponsor of the annual Luso-Brazilian Week of Aldravist Art, held interchangeably between Portugal and Brazil. He is also an active member in various orders of chivalry, notably the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George.

Early life[edit]

Miguel Gabriel Rafael Xavier Teresa Maria Felix was born on 3 December 1946, in Bern, Switzerland, to Duarte Nuno, Duke of Braganza, the pretender to the defunct throne of Portugal, and Maria Francisca of Orléans-Braganza. Since birth, Miguel has held the honorific styling of Dom and the styling of His Highness, alongside the titles of Infante of Portugal and Duke of Viseu.

In 1950, the Portuguese Laws of Banishment were repealed and Infante Miguel's family was permitted to return to Portugal, which they did in 1952.

Arts patronage[edit]

The Duke of Viseu founded, in 2011, the Annual Luso-Brazilian Week of Aldravist Art, held interchangingly between Portugal and Brazil. It celebrated its 5th session in 2016 in Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

The Duke is also a painter himself and a fan of Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer and surrealist painter H. R. Giger.

The Duke of Viseu graduated from the School of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon.

Personal life[edit]

The Duke of Viseu is unmarried and without children. He primarily lives in Santar, Nelas Municipality, in the Viseu District, in the Casa das Fidalgas, a manor with origins in the 14th century.[1]

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

Infante Miguel's styling as Duke of Viseu:

Arms[edit]

The Coat of Arms of the Duke of Viseu consist of the Royal Arms of Portugal (as currently borne by his elder brother), differenced by a label of three points Or, the third point debruised by a square Vert, on the Square an armillary-sphere Or, pierced with a cross formy Gules, voided Argent, and surrounded by an annulet Azure charged with 19 five-pointed stars Argent (the arms of his mother). His crest is: on a gold barred helmet affronty, a dragon or, tongued gules, issuant from a crown Or. Mantling Or, lined Gules. [2]

Honours[edit]

Infante Miguel has been decorated with the following honours:

Dynastic Orders

Foreign Orders

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

Infante Miguel, Duke of Viseu
Cadet branch of the House of Aviz
Born: 3 December 1946
Titles in pretence
Vacant
Title last held by
Infante Miguel Maximiliano
Duke of Viseu Incumbent