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Eleanora, Princess of Ligne

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Tenure  2005 – present

Name  Eleanora, of
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Born  20 May 1953 (age 62) Jacarezinho, Parana, Brazil (1953-05-20)
Issue  Princess Alix Marie Henri Antoine, Hereditary Prince
House  House of Ligne (by marriage; 1981–) House of Orleans-Braganza (by birth)
Father  Prince Pedro Henrique of Orleans-Braganza
Mother  Princess Maria Elisabeth of Bavaria
Spouse  Michel, 14th Prince of Ligne (m. 1981)
Children  Henri Antoine, Hereditary Prince of Ligne, Princess Alix Marie Isabelle Adelgonde Eleonore de Ligne
Parents  Prince Pedro Henrique of Orleans-Braganza, Princess Maria Elisabeth of Bavaria
Siblings  Prince Luiz of Orleans-Braganza
Grandparents  Prince Luis of Orleans-Braganza
Similar People  Prince Pedro Henrique, Prince Luiz of Orleans‑Braganza, Prince Rafael of Orleans‑Braganza, Prince Pedro Luiz of Orlean, Alix - Dowager Princess

Eleanora, Princess of Ligne (born Eleonora Maria Josefa Rosa Filipa Miguela Gabriela Rafaela Gonzaga de Orléans e Bragança e Wittelsbach on 20 May 1953) is the wife of Michel, 14th Prince of Ligne, the head of the House of Ligne since 2005. She is a daughter of Prince Pedro Henrique of Orléans-Braganza and his wife Princess Maria Elisabeth of Bavaria. Her father was the titular Emperor of Brazil, a claim now held by Eleanora's brother Prince Luiz.


Family and education

By her father she is a great-great-granddaughter of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil and descendant of many European royal houses. By her mother, she is great-granddaughter of King Ludwig III of Bavaria. Her older brother Prince Antônio of Orléans-Braganza is married to Princess Christine of Ligne, a sister of her husband.

Eleanora has a degree in history from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.


On 10 March 1981, Eleanora married Michel, Hereditary Prince of Ligne in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Michel is the eldest son of Antoine, 13th Prince of Ligne and Princess Alix Marie of Luxembourg (herself a daughter of Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg).

They have two children:

  • Princess Alix Marie Isabelle Adelgonde Eléonore de Ligne (b. 3 July 1984), married on 18 June 2016 Count Guillaume Aymar Emmanuel de Dampierre (b. 4 May 1985).
  • Prince Henri Antoine Gabriël Wauthier Marie Lamoral of Ligne (b. 3 March 1989).
  • Succession

    Michel succeeded as 14th Prince of Ligne on 21 August 2005, making Eleanora Princess of Ligne. The couple have an important social role in Belgium among charitable organizations, where they live with their children.


  • House of Braganza : Dame of the Order of Saint Isabel (27/10/2012).
  • References

    Eleanora, Princess of Ligne Wikipedia