Heir of Brazilian Imperial Family Seeks Princess to Preserve Dynasty

Marriage to members of a lower-ranking nobility is the reason why the imperial family is divided today between two branches - Petrópolis and Vassouras.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Monarchy in Brazil ended 130 years ago, but the descendants of D. Pedro II (Peter II) are still following the ways of the high European nobility.

Great-great-grandson of Princess Isabel, D. Rafael Antonio Maria José Francisco Gabriel Gonzaga de Orleans e Bragança, 32 years old, is looking for a princess to marry and, thus, to follow the line of succession of the Brazilian imperial family.

"Tradition calls for a dynasty wedding (between members of dynasties who have the same status)," says D. Rafael, who holds the title of Prince of Orleans and . . .

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