The Passing of a Brazilian Royal: Prince Eudes of Orléans and Bragança (1939-2020)

Prince Eudes of Orléans and Bragança passed away today, 13 August 2020, in Rio de Janeiro. He was eighty-one years-old. The prince had suffered from ill health for some time; the case of death was renal failure.

The Secretariat of the Head of the Imperial House of Brazil has communicated the following message announcing the death of Prince Eudes of Orléans and Bragança:

On behalf of H.I.&R.H. Prince D. Luiz de Orleans e Bragança, the Secretariat of the Imperial House of Brazil fulfils the painful duty of reporting the death, today in the city of Rio de Janeiro at age 81, after long illness, of his brother Prince D. Eudes de Orleans e Bragança, one of the twelve children of D. Pedro Henrique and D. Maria de Orleans e Bragança and the father of Deputy D. Luiz Philippe de Orleans e Bragança. 

We all ask for prayers for the eternal rest of his soul. 

São Paulo, August 13, 2020

The wedding of Prince Pedro Henrique of Brazil and Princess Maria Elisabeth of Bavaria
Pedro Henrique and Maria Elisabeth with their three eldest children: Luiz (b.1938), Eudes (1939-2020), and Bertrand (b.1941).

Prince Eudes Maria Ranieri Pedro José Miguel Gabriel Raphael Gonzaga of Orléans and Bragança was born on 8 June 1939 at Mandelieu. Eudes was the second son of Prince Pedro Henrique of Brazil (1909-1981) and Princess Maria Elisabeth of Bavaria (1914-2011), who married in 1937. Born during the exile of the Imperial Family, Prince Eudes was registered at the Consulate General of Brazil in Paris as a Brazilian citizen, fulfilling the mandate of the Empire Constitution, thus guaranteeing his rights to the Throne and the Crown of Brazil. His baptism was celebrated in the Chapel of Mas-Saint-Louis, the home of his paternal grandmother, the Dowager Princess Imperial Maria Pia of Brazil (born Princess of the Two Sicilies; 1878-1973). The godfather of Prince Eudes was his great-uncle, Prince Ranieri (1883-1973), Duke of Castro and Head of the Royal House of the Two Sicilies.

Prince Eudes in his youth.

Fluent in Portuguese, French, German and English, Prince Eudes began his studies at the Colégio Santo Inácio, when his family was still living at Rio de Janeiro. After moving to the South, Eudes studied at the Cristo Rei College, run by German priests, and completed his secondary education in 1957. Following his father’s advice, Prince Eudes entered the Naval School and the Submarine School, becoming one of the greatest Brazilian specialists in this type of vehicle. Eudes did postgraduate studies in Economics at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas, and took specialisation courses at Cambridge University, in the United Kingdom.

Prince Eudes with his wife Mercedes
In 1966, Prince Eudes renounced his dynastic rights in view of his engagement to a commoner. On 8 May 1967, the prince married Ana Maria de Cerqueira César e Moraes de Barros (b.1945) at São Paulo. Eudes and Ana Maria had two children: Prince Luíz Filipe (b.1969) and Princess Anna Luíza (b.1971). Eudes and Ana Maria divorced on 22 March 1976. Four days later, on 26 March 1976, Eudes married Mercedes Williamsens Neves da Rocha (b.1955) in a civil ceremony at Rio de Janeiro. The couple had four children: Eudes (b.1977), the twins Maria Antonia and Maria Francisca (b.1979), and Guy (b.1985).

Article about the plane crash during the honeymoon of Eudes and Mercedes.
From The News and Observer of Raleigh, NC, 19 April 1976.

During their honeymoon to Jamaica in April 1976, Eudes and Mercedes survived a harrowing airplane accident. The plane on which the couple were passengers crashed, and they remained missing for four days, much to the despair of family members. Fortunately, Prince Eudes, his wife Mercedes, and the pilot Ronald Fletcher all survived. The news of the couple’s rescue was met with great joy.

Prince Eudes.

May the Prince Rest in Peace.

Prince Eudes with his wife Mercedes (left) and his cousin Princess Diane of Orléans, Duchess of Württemberg (right).

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