Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Moslem princess weds heir to Brazilian prince

April 29, 1949

The Associated Press reports today the marriage of Fatima Scherifa Cherine, who is the sister-in-law of King Farouk of Egypt, and Prince Joao of Orleans and Braganza, who is a member of the exiled Brazilian royal family.
The couple were married in a Roman Catholic ceremony in the private chapel of Quinta dos Anjos, near Sintra, Portugal, which is the home of the Count of Paris, pretender to the French throne.
The Pope granted a special dispensation that allowed the Moslem Princess to marry in the Roman Catholic church. The priest who performed the marriage told a reporter that the princess has agreed to raise "any children of the union in the faith of her husband."
The Count of Paris is married to Joao's sister, Isabelle. Joao's older brother, Pedro Gastao, is married to Princess Maria de la Esperanza of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, and his other sister, Maria Francisca, is the wife of the Duke of Braganza, heir to the throne of Portugal.

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