Monday, June 1, 2009
Prince Pedro Luiz of Orleans-Braganza dead at 26
(The copyright for this photo belongs to Eric van deVloete).
Prince Pedro Luiz of Orleans-Braganza, 26, was on board Air France Flight 447, bound from Rio to Paris, that apparently crashed into the Atlantic in the late hours of May 31.
Prince Pedro Luíz Maria José Miguel Rafael Gabriel Gonzaga was born at Rio de Janeiro on January 12, 1983, the eldest son of Prince Antonio and his wife, the former Princess Christine de Ligne. This marriage was considered equal, Princess Christine is the daughter of Princess Alix of Luxembourg. He was third in line in the succession to the former Brazilian throne, after his uncles Luiz, who is the head of the house, Bertrand, and his father, Antonio.
The prince, who worked for BNP-Paribas, a bank in Luxembourg, was returning there after spending some time with his family in Sao Paulo.
"He came to visit his family, and now he is missing," said Pedro's uncle, Dom Francisco de Orleans-Braganca.
The head of the Brazilian royal family is Pedro's uncle, Luiz Gastao, who was born in 1938. Dom Luiz Gastao is unmarried, as Dom Bertrand, his brother, who is the heir apparent, although it is understood that the succession would eventually devolve on Dom Antonio, and his family.
Dom Pedro is survived by his parents, and his three siblings, Amelia, Rafael and Maria Gabriela.
The prince's cousin, Princess Alix de Ligne, was also planning to take that flight, but decided to leave on a later flight to Paris. Alix and Pedro are actually double cousins as Princess Alix's father, Michel, the Prince of Ligne, is married to Princess Leonor (Eleonore) of Orleans-Braganca, whose brother, Dom Antonio, is married to Michel's sister, Princess Christine.
On Monday, the family confirmed that Prince Pedro Luis was on the flight. Brazil's defense minister confirmed on Tuesday that the plane had crashed into the Atlantic as the wreckage found in the area has been determined to be from the Air France flight. There were no survivors.