The Associated Press is reporting the death of the Countess of 'Eu, the daughter of former Brazilian emperor Pedro II and his wife, Theresa. The countess died earlier today in Paris. She was 75 years old.
The Countess was born Princess Isabel de Braganca, the heiress to the Brazilian throne until 1889, when her father abdicated, and Brazil became a republic. As regent, Princess Isabel signed a degree that abolished slavery in Brazil "without compensation to slave owners."
On October 15, 1864, Princess Isabel married Prince Louis Gaston of Orléans, Count of Eu. She is survived by her husband, and the eldest of three sons, Dom Pedro de Alcantara. Her two younger sons, Dom Luis and Dom Antonio, died in 1920 and 1918, respectively.