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Isabel de Herédia

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Isabel, Duchess of Braganza (née Isabel Inês de Castro Curvello de Herédia; born 22 November 1966), is a Portuguese businesswoman who married Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, the current pretender to the defunct Portuguese throne.

Born into the family of the old Portuguese nobility, Isabel worked as an assets manager prior to her marriage. Since marrying Duarte Pio, Isabel has left the professional world, devoted her attention to her family, and become patron to several Portuguese charities and non-profit foundations. She and her husband have had three children together, thus securing the continuation of the House of Braganza.


Isabel Inês de Castro Curvello de Herédia was born on 22 November 1966, in Lisbon, to Jorge de Herédia (b. 1934), an architect, and his wife, Raquel Leonor Pinheiro de Castro Curvello (b. 1935).[1]

She is a descendant in the male lineage of Francisco Correia de Herédia, Viscount of Ribeira Brava[2] (a Vitalício title,[2] meaning Life peerage) and his wife Dona Joana Gil de Borja de Macedo e Meneses (1851-1925). Although Francisco was member of the Portuguese nobility, he was a famed republican, who was involved in the failed republican uprising of 28 January 1908.

Furthermore, Isabel de Herédia is the first cousin of Manuel Caldeira Cabral, former Portuguese Minister of Economy.[3]

Early life[edit]

Isabel lived between metropolitan Portugal and Portuguese Angola until 1975, when Angola was granted independence. Her family subsequently moved to São Paulo, Brazil. There, she studied at the Colégio São Luís, a Jesuit-run institution. In 1990, she obtained a degree in business administration from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas and returned to Portugal to a job in BMF — Sociedade de Gestão de Patrimónios, S.A. She specialized as an asset manager.

Personal life[edit]

On 13 May 1995 she married Duarte Pio de Bragança, at Jerónimos Monastery. Present at the ceremony were representatives of various European royal and noble houses: Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant, Prince Henri, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria, among others. The principal Portuguese political figures, including the President of the Republic Mário Soares, Prime Minister Aníbal Cavaco Silva and President of the Assembly António Barbosa de Melo, were also present.

Following her marriage and the birth of her first child, Afonso, Isabel resigned from her professional life and devoted herself to the management of her family and the patronage of various causes.


Dynastic honours[edit]




Duarte Pio and Isabel of Heredia have three children:

Name Birth Notes
Afonso, Prince of Beira 25 March 1996 16th Prince of Beira, 18th Duke of Barcelos; 2nd in line in the succession
Maria Francisca, Duchess of Coimbra 3 March 1997 5th Duchess of Coimbra, Infanta of Portugal; 4th in line in the succession
Dinis, Duke of Porto 25 November 1999 4th Duke of Porto, Infante of Portugal; 3rd in line in the succession


  1. ^ "Dona Isabel-Inés de Castro Curvelo de Herédia: Genealogics".
  2. ^ a b (in Portuguese) "Nobreza de Portugal e do Brasil", Direcção de Afonso Eduardo Martins Zúquete, Editorial Enciclopédia, 2.ª Edição, Lisboa, 1989, Volume Terceiro, p. 214
  3. ^ Freches, Silvia; Paiva Cardoso, Filipe (26 August 2016). "O meu carro do ministério já marca perto de 100 mil quilómetros". Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  4. ^ Ideias, Terra das. "Real Ordem de Santa Isabel". www.rainhasantaisabel.org (in European Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  5. ^ http://www.realcasadiborbone.it/wp-content/uploads/4.S.A.R._la_Duchessa_di_Castro_dopo_aver_ricevuto_lOrdine_di_Santa_Isabel_con_le-_figlie_le_LL.AA_.RR_._Maria_Carolina_Duchessa_di_Palermo-e_Maria_Chiara_Duchessa_di_Capri_e_le_LL.AA_.RR_._il_Principe_di_Beira_e_il_Duca_di_Porto.jpg [bare URL image file]
  6. ^ "Principesa Moștenitoare Margareta a primit Marea Cruce a Ordinului Sfânta Isabel a Portugaliei | Familia Regală a României / Royal Family of Romania". www.romaniaregala.ro. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  7. ^ "Investiture ceremonies between Constantinian Order and Royal Order of Saint Isabel - Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George". Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George. 2014-07-09. Retrieved 2017-07-13.

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