Afonso, Prince of Beira

Afonso de Santa Maria
Prince of Beira (more...)
Born (1996-03-25) 25 March 1996
Lisbon, Portugal
Full name
Afonso de Santa Maria Miguel Gabriel Rafael
House Braganza
Father Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza
Mother Isabel Inês Castro Curvelo de Herédia
Religion Roman Catholic

D. Afonso de Santa Maria, Prince of Beira, Duke of Barcelos (born 25 March 1996) is the eldest son and heir to Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, the current pretender to the defunct throne of Portugal, and thus a member of the Portuguese Royal Family. The first child of the Duke and Isabel Castro Curvelo de Herédia, the Prince is first in the Line of succession to the former Portuguese throne, behind his father.


Afonso de Santa Maria Miguel Gabriel Rafael was born in Lisbon, the eldest child of Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, and Isabel Inês Castro Curvelo de Herédia.[1] As heir to his father, he bears the style Royal Highness, and title of Prince of Portugal. He is not however styled as an Infante of Portugal, as this title is traditionally reserved for the younger royal children, the result of a royal warrant issued in 1455 by Afonso V of Portugal, to celebrate the birth of the future John II.

On 1 June 1996, in the Cathedral of Braga, Afonso was baptised by Eurico Dias Nogueira, Archbishop of Braga, Primate of all the Spains. Since his birth he has been styled (16th) Prince of Beira and (18th) Duke of Barcelos. These are the titles traditionally reserved for the prince second in the line of succession to the throne.

His godparents are Princess Helene of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and his maternal uncle, Afonso Miguel de Herédia.[2]

Portuguese Royal Family

HRH The Duke of Braganza
HRH The Duchess of Braganza

HH The Duke of Viseu
HH The Duke of Coimbra

Immediately after his baptism at the Sé Cathedral of Braga, the young prince was consecrated in nearby Guimarães to Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, (Our Lady of the Olive Tree), where his ancestor John I (founder of the House of Aviz), along with his illegitimate son Afonso, Duke of Braganza (founder of the House of Braganza), had been to thank her for his victory at the battle of Aljubarrota, in 1385, against his niece Queen Beatrice of Portugal and her husband John I of Castile.

Prince Afonso's education includes The Oratory School, a Catholic Public School in England.

Titles, styles and honour

Styles of
Don Afonso, The Prince of Beira, Duke of Barcelos
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir


Don Afonso de Santa Maria, 16th Prince of Beira, 18th Duke of Barcelos






  1. "L'infant du Portugal est né", Point de Vue (3 au 10 avril, 1996): 9.
  2. "Le Portugal baptise l'héritier de la couronne", Point de Vue (5 au 11 juin, 1996): 12-15.
  3. As the heir-apparent to his father, Prince Afonso holds two titles, but for different charges. As the son and heir-apparent of the Prince Royal of Portugal, Afonso holds the title of Prince of Beira, but not the title of Infante of Portugal, which is held only by princes of the Portuguese royal house who are not heirs-apparent. As the son and heir-apparent to the Duke of Braganza, Prince Afonso holds the title of Duke of Barcelos

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Afonso, Prince of Beira
Cadet branch of the House of Aviz
Born: 25 March 1996
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Duarte Pio
Prince of Beira
Duke of Barcelos

25 March 1996
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