Isabel, Duchess of Braganza
|Duchess of Braganza (more...)|
|Born||Isabel Inês Castro Curvello de Herédia|
22 November 1966
Lisbon, Portuguese Republic
Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza (m. 1995)
|Afonso, Prince of Beira|
Infanta Maria Francisca, Duchess of Coimbra
Infante Dinis, Duke of Porto
|Father||Jorge de Herédia|
|Mother||Raquel Leonor Pinheiro Curvello|
Dona Isabel, Duchess of Braganza (née Isabel Inês Castro Curvello de Herédia; born 22 November 1966), is a Portuguese businesswoman who married Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, the current pretender to the defunct Portuguese throne.
Born to descendants of Portuguese nobility, Dona Isabel worked as an assets manager prior to her marriage. Since marrying Duarte Pio, Dona Isabel has left the professional world, devoted her attention to her family, and become patron to several Portuguese charities and non-profit foundations. She and her husband have had three children together, thus securing the continuation of the House of Braganza.
Isabel Inês Castro Curvello de Herédia was born on 22 November 1966, in Lisbon, to Dom Jorge de Heredia, an architect, and Raquel Leonor Pinheiro de Castro Curvello, his wife. Since birth, she was entitled to the honorific styling of Dona (Lady), being a descendant in the male lineage of Francisco Correia de Herédia, 1st Viscount of Ribeira Brava, of the Portuguese nobility, and a famed republican, who was involved in the failed republican uprising of 28 January 1908.
Dona Isabel lived between metropolitan Portugal and Portuguese Angola until 1975, when Angola was granted independence. Her family subsequently moved to São Paulo, Brazil. There, she studied at the Colégio São Luís, a Jesuit-run institution. In 1990, she obtained a degree in business administration from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas and returned to Portugal to a job in BMF — Sociedade de Gestão de Patrimónios, S.A. She specialized as an asset manager.
On 13 May 1995 she married Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, at Jerónimos Monastery. Present at the ceremony were representatives of various European royal and noble houses: Prince Phillippe, Duke of Brabant, Prince Henri, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria, among others. The principal Portuguese political figures, including the President of the Republic Mário Soares, Prime Minister Aníbal Cavaco Silva, and President of the Assembly António Barbosa de Melo, were also present.
Following her marriage and the birth of her first child, Afonso, Isabel resigned from her professional life and devoted herself to the management of her family and the patronage of various causes.
|Portuguese royal family|
HH The Duke of Viseu
- 9th Grand Mistress of the Order of Saint Isabel (House of Braganza)
- Dame Grand Cross of Justice of the Castroan-Two Sicilian Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George (Castroan Royal Family of Two Sicilies)
- Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Danilo I (Montenegrin Royal Family)
- Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre (Holy See)
- Dame Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, 3rd First Class (Sovereign Military Order of Malta)
|Ancestors of Isabel, Duchess of Braganza|
|By Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza (22 November 1966 – present; married 13 May 1995)|
|Afonso, Prince of Beira||25 March 1996||16th Prince of Beira, 18th Duke of Barcelos; 1st in line of succession|
|Infanta Maria Francisca, Duchess of Coimbra||3 March 1997||5th Duchess of Coimbra, Infanta of Portugal; 3rd in line of succession|
|Infante Dinis, Duke of Porto||25 November 1999||4th Duke of Porto, Infante of Portugal; 2nd in line of succession|
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