Duke of Porto

Infante Afonso, Duke of Porto

Infante Afonso Henriques of Portugal, Duke of Porto GCVO (Portuguese, ; Ajuda, Lisbon, July 31 1865-Napoli, February 21 1920) was a Portuguese infante of the House of Braganza son of King Louis I of Portugal and his wife Maria Pia of Savoy. His full name was Afonso Henriques Maria Luís Pedro de Alcântara Carlos Humberto Amadeu Fernando António Miguel Gabriel Gonzaga Xavier Francisco de Assis João Augusto Júlio Valfando Inácio de Saxe-Coburgo e Gotha de Bragança.


He was born during the reign of his father and was created Duke of Porto.

He was a younger brother of Carlos I of Portugal. His paternal first cousins included (among others) Frederick Augustus III of Saxony, Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony, Prince Wilhelm of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen and Ferdinand I of Romania.

His maternal first cousins included (among others) Napoléon Victor Bonaparte, Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, Emanuele Filiberto, 2nd Duke of Aosta, Vittorio Emanuele, Count of Turin, Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, Umberto, Count of Salemi.

Life account

Later, he acted as Constable of Portugal and was the last viceroy of Portuguese India.

Afonso was known for his bon-vivant lifestyle. He was a lover of car races and was responsible for the first races in Portugal. He also became known of the public because of the enormous fortunes he used to lose in casinos. After the Proclamation of the Portuguese First Republic in 1910 Afonso went into exile first in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland with his nephew the deposed-King Manuel II, and after that he went to Italy.


In 1917 in Rome, Afonso married morganatically to an American called Nevada Stoody Hayes. He tried to get the approval of his marriage but found strong opposition in the form of his nephew and the rest of the Royal Family. His pension was cut and Afonso began to live in obscurity. After his and Manuel II's death, Nevada demanded the Portuguese republican government the recognition of all the Bragança's patrimony to herself. Because of that she was briefly arrested.

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