Prince Rafael of Orléans-Braganza

Prince Rafael
Born (1986-04-26) 26 April 1986
Petrópolis, Brazil
Full name
Rafael Antonio Maria José Francisco Miguel Gabriel Gonzaga de Orléans e Bragança e Ligne
House Orléans-Braganza
Father Prince Antônio of Orléans-Braganza
Mother Princess Christine of Ligne
Brazilian Imperial Family
(Vassouras branch)

Styles of
Prince Rafael
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir

Prince Rafael of Orléans-Braganza (Rafael Antonio Maria José Francisco Miguel Gabriel Gonzaga de Orléans e Bragança e Ligne, 26 April 1986) is a member of the Imperial House of Brazil. He is the youngest and only surviving son of Prince António of Orléans-Braganza and Princess Christine of Ligne.

Prince Rafael is third in line to one of two disputed lines of succession to the defunct Brazilian throne, which is currently claimed by his uncle Prince Luiz of Orleans-Braganza and his cousin Prince Pedro Carlos of Orléans-Braganza.

Currently, he resides in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He graduated in Production Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. He currently works for AmBev - Americas' Beverage Company, where, previously, he was an intern. His older brother Pedro Luis died in an airplane crash in 2009. He has an older sister, Princess Amelia of Orleans-Braganza, and a younger sister, Princess Maria Gabriela.

His older brother, Prince Pedro Luiz, was confirmed to be a passenger on Air France Flight 447, which crashed into the ocean while traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on 1 June 2009.[1]



  1. Família Orleans e Bragança confirma que príncipe brasileiro estava no vôo AF 447 (Portuguese) His body was later found.
Prince Rafael of Orléans-Braganza
Cadet branch of the House of Orléans
Born: 12 January 1983
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Prince Antônio
Vassouras line of succession to the Brazilian throne
3rd position
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1889
Succeeded by
Princess Maria Gabriela

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