Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza

Prince Pedro Gastão
Titular Prince of Orléans-Braganza
Head of the Imperial House of Brazil (disputed)
Reign 29 January 1940 – 27 December 2007
Successor Prince Pedro Carlos of Orléans-Braganza
Born 19 February 1913
Eu, Seine-Maritime, France
Died 27 December 2007(2007-12-27) (aged 94)
Villamanrique de la Condesa, Seville, Spain
Spouse Princess Maria de la Esperanza of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Issue Prince Pedro Carlos
Princess Maria da Gloria
Prince Alfonso Duarte
Prince Manuel Álvaro
Princess Cristina Maria
Prince Francisco Humberto
Full name
Pedro de Alcântara Gastão João Maria Filipe Lourenço Humberto Miguel Gabriel Rafael Gonzaga de Orléans e Bragança
House Orléans-Braganza
Father Prince Pedro de Alcântara of Orléans-Braganza
Mother Countess Elisabeth Dobržensky de Dobrženicz
Styles of
Prince Pedro Gastão
Reference style His Imperial and Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial and Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir

Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza (born Pierre-d'Alcantara Gaston Jean Marie Philippe Laurent Hubert d'Orléans et Bragance ; in Portuguese, Pedro de Alcântara Gastão João Maria Filipe Lourenço Humberto Miguel Gabriel Rafael Gonzaga de Orléans e Bragança e Dobrzensky de Dobrzenicz) (19 February 1913  27 December 2007)[1] was one of two claimants to the Brazilian throne and head of the Petrópolis branch of the Brazilian Imperial House.[2]


Pedro Gastão with his paternal grandfather, Gaston of Orléans during First World War.

Prince Pedro Gastão was the son of Prince Pedro de Alcântara of Orléans-Braganza and his wife Countess Elisabeth Dobržensky de Dobrženicz. He was born in Eu, France. He spent his youth in Europe and at his family's Parisian home in the Boulogne sur Seine suburb: "I have very good memories of my grandparents...In exile in France I was always brought up thinking of Brazil not France or Portugal."[3]

A few years before his death Pedro Gastão's father Prince Pedro de Alcântara told a Brazilian newspaper:

"My resignation was not valid for many reasons: besides, it was not a hereditary resignation."[4]

Following the death of his father supported by Infante Alfonso, Duke of Calabria and Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona he declared himself head of the Imperial Family of Brazil.[4] His position was supported by Francisco Morato the professor of the faculty of Law at the University of São Paulo who concluded the resignation of Pedro Gastão's father was not a valid legal or monarchical act. Professor Paulo Napoleão Nogueira da Silva in the 1990s published a report saying that the resignation of his father was invalid under all possible aspects of Brazilian Law.[4]

He represented a rival claim to that of his cousin's son, Prince Luiz of Orléans-Braganza, to be the heir of the deposed Emperor Pedro II of Brazil, despite the renunciation signed by his father in 1908 when he married, without dynastic approval, a Bohemian noblewoman.[5]

Pedro Gastão died aged 94 on 27 December 2007.

Marriage and children

He married Princess Maria de la Esperanza of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1914–2005), a daughter of Prince Carlos of the Two Sicilies and Princess Louise of Orléans, on 18 December 1944 in Seville, Spain, and had six children:[6]



  1. Morre na Espanha dom Pedro Gastão de Orléans e Bragança
  2. Handler, Bruce (5 March 1989). "Brazil to Decide on Return of Monarchy". Los Angeles Times: 34.
  3. Bailey, Anthony (January 1998). "Dom Pedro and the lost empire". Royalty: 54–59.
  4. 1 2 3 Bodstein, Astrid (2006). "The Imperial Family of Brazil". Royalty Digest Quarterly (3). Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2007.
  5. The Amazon Throne at the Wayback Machine (archived 8 October 2006)
  6. Genealogy of Prince Pedro Gastão
Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza
Cadet branch of the House of Orléans
Born: 19 February 1913 Died: 27 December 2007
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Emperor of Brazil
Petrópolis pretender to the Brazilian throne
29 January 1940 – 27 December 2007
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1889
Succeeded by
Prince Pedro Carlos
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