Wednesday, 6 December 2006

Infante D. Henrique, duke of Coimbra

H.R.H. Infante Dom Henrique Nuno João Miguel de Bragança (b. Bern 1949), 4th duke o Coimbra

He is the third son of H.R.H. D. Duarte Nuno, duke of Bragança (1907-1976) and H.R.H. D. Maria Francisca de Orléans e Bragança (1914-1968) daughter of H.I.H. D. Pedro de Alcântara de Orleans e Bragança, prince of Grão-Pará (1875-1940) and Isabel, countess Dobrzensky of Dobrzenicz (1875-1951) and the younger brother of H.R.H. Dom Duarte Pio, Duke of Bragança and Chief of the Royal House of Bragança.

His great grandfather was D. Miguel I (1802-1866), proclaimed king of Portugal in 1828, who as a result of defeat in the civil war was forced to abdicate (1834) and died in exile in Austria at the Castle of Bronnbach (see,

He is the namesake of Infante D. Henrique, the Navigator, son of King John I and Philipa of Lancaster and half-brother of D. Afonso, count of Barcelos and 1st duke of Bragança. The latter's brother Infante D. Pedro, was 1st duke of Coimbra and Regent of Portugal, during the minority of his nephew king D. Afonso V.

Artist: Segismundo Ramires Pinto
Tech.: X3, opus 113
Year: 1986
Arms: The Royal arms differenced by a label of three points argent, the second charged with the arms of Orléans and the third with the Imperial Arms of Brazil (alluding to the prince's mother, née Princess of Orléans e Bragança)
Crest: Bragança (dukes of)

The same artist created another bookplate for HRH the duke of Coimbra with coronet and crest with the initials «D.C.»
Tech.: X3, opus 112
Year: 1986
A ducal coronet with the lettering DC
Crest: Bragança (dukes of)

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