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Daughter of Emperor Dom Pedro II with Teresa Cristina, the heiress is always remembered for signing the Lei Áurea, the project that abolished slavery in Brazil. However, there is a lot more content about the princess in the history books that most people don’t remember. As interest in the subject has arisen with the novel Nos Tempos do Imperador, today we are going to tell you some interesting facts about Princess Isabel.

Trivia – Where is Princess Isabel buried?

The remains of the daughter of the last emperor of Brazil are buried in Brazil. Until 50 years after her death – the princess died in 1921 – the princess’s tomb was in Europe, but then in the early 1970s that changed.

In 1971, the remains of Princess Isabel were brought to Brazil, were exhibited for a time at the Igreja do Rosário, in Rio de Janeiro, and received the honors of heads of state. Shortly thereafter, the coffin went to Petrópolis and was buried in the cathedral of São Pedro de Alcântara.

Tombs of Pedro II and D. Teresa Cristina in the center, Princess Isabel on the left and Conde d’Eu on the right in the Imperial Mausoleum – Photo: Public Domain/Reproduction

He was head of state during the time of Dom Pedro II abroad.

When Dom Pedro II left the country for some reason, he left the affairs of state in his daughter’s hands. The woman has been regent three times.

The first occasion happened in 1871, in power she sanctioned the Law of the Womb Book together with José Maria da Silva Paranhos and Visconde do Rio Branco. The bill said that children born to slaves would not be slaves. The second time took place between 1876 and 1877 and the third time between 1887 and 1888, when the Aurea Law was signed.

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On the left side Conde D’Eu (sitting) and Dom Pedro II (standing), on the right side Teresa Cristina and Princess Isabel – Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Reproduction

Princess Isabel’s Curiosities – Problems getting pregnant

Isabel and Conde D’Eu faced great difficulties in conceiving children. The couple’s first baby came only after 10 years of marriage, in 1974, but the child did not survive. It took 50 hours of labor for the princess to give birth, but Luísa Vitória de Orléans and Bragança unfortunately died in the womb and was already born dead. According to Aventuras na História, it was necessary to break some of the baby’s bones so that the girl could be removed from the princess’s body.

About a year later, Princess Isabel managed to get pregnant again and this time gave birth to a boy: Pedro de Alcântara de Orléans and Bragança. In the following years, Antônio Gastão de Orléans and Bragança and Luís de Orléans and Bragança were born.

Was declared heir presumptive before 1 year of age

The first child of Dom Pedro II and Teresa Cristina was considered the heir to the throne in Brazil, Afonso Pedro, however, the boy died at 2 years of age and therefore Isabel was declared heir at 11 months.

Another baby boy was born from the union of Isabel’s parents and she was passed in the line of succession, however, Pedro Afonso also died as a child, so the title of presumptive heiress returned to her. This title belongs to someone when there is no other preferable heir, at the time it was desired that the heirs were male, so even being older the princess was removed from office when the male brother was born.

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Princess was born in July 1846 – Photo: Book The Story of Princess Isabel: Love Freedom and Exile – Regina Echeverria/ Reproduction

Curiosities about Princess Isabel – Changing husbands

Isabel married Gaston d’Orléans, the Count d’Eu, however, before exchanging alliances with the boy, the princess was destined to marry Luis Augusto de Saxe-Coburgo-Gota. When they came to Brazil, Gastão was Leopoldina and Augusto de Isabel’s suitor, but everything changed when they met.

For reasons of affinity, the couples preferred to change pairs and with the permission of Dom Pedro II Isabel married Gastão and Leopoldina with Augusto, both ceremonies taking place in October 1864.

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On the left of the image Daniel Torres e Gastão, on the right Augusto and actor Gil Coelho- Photo: TV Globo/Reprodução

died in exile

After the Proclamation of the Republic, on November 15, 1889, the royal family was exiled from Brazil. Isabel then went to Europe with her husband and children. The woman died in France in 1921. Her mortal remains remained in France until 1971, when her coffin was transferred to Brazil.

First Senator of Brazil

Did you know that Dom Pedro II’s daughter was Brazil’s first senator? This is a curiosity about Princess Isabel that is not in everyone’s imagination. In 1871, when she was 25 years old, she was appointed senator and was the first woman in office in the country.

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Isabel was Brazil’s first female conductor and first senator – Photo: Victor Meirelles/Wikipedia/Reprodução

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