The Duke of Braganza appeals to the Portuguese at the end of the year and reaffirms the need for “a permanent and historical institution like the King to ensure national unity”.

Portugal’s pretender to the throne, Dom Duarte de Bragança, is the first to share his year-end message on Independence Day. The Duke of Braganza gave a speech in which he reviewed the current situation in his country, Europe and the world. The descendants of Portuguese kings took the opportunity to pay tribute to the founder of the Monarchist Party, who died in 2020, affirming the need to restore the monarchy.

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Dom Duarte de Bragança talks about the international situation on the occasion of Independence Day 2022

The grandson of King Miguel I of Portugal shared his message on the occasion of year-end celebrations and Independence Day celebrations, marking Portugal’s independence since December 1, 1640, following Portugal’s rebellion against the Spanish occupier. That same day, supporters of Duke John of Braganza seized the royal palace in Lisbon and asserted Portuguese sovereignty.

The Duke of Braganza shares his annual Independence Day and year-end speech (Photo: Casa Real Portuguesa video screenshot)

The 77-year-old Duke of Braganza began his speech by talking about the Ukrainian conflict. “We faced a reality that we all thought was an impossible war in Europe”accepted the claimant to the throne of Portugal. “Every day we witness the destruction of Ukraine, which will mark several generations between two peoples.” Dom Duarte emphasized that the Portuguese were mobilized for this purpose. He recalled that he went to Ukraine, where he participated in the opening of a reception house for refugees transiting to Hungary, and that the Order of St. Michael supported a number of humanitarian aid actions in the region.

The Duke of Braganza warned that this conflict already has significant consequences for the economy and the daily life of households in Europe and Portugal. As the situation continues, inflation and output growth will continue. Unfortunately, Dom Duarte shows this “All the cases of corruption we have experienced in recent times” don’t help the economy get back on its feet. Although Portuguese companies are increasingly open to the world, there are still efforts to be made in this area.

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“This development can only be attributed to bad economic policy options. Unlike the countries closest to the Portuguese Republic, successful people and companies are victims of social envy and fiscal persecution.”insists the Duke of Braganza. “Because of this situation and the economic stagnation we are experiencing, more and more of our young people are looking for work outside the country, away from their families and communities. Currently, more than 40% of our immigrants are between 20-29 years old.

Family tree of Duarte of Braganza (Image: Royal Histories)

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We need more and more projects for the Nation, which is less and less “, continues the head of the House of Braganza. Dom Duarte, who took Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles as his model, shows himself “It is absolutely necessary to make Portugal viable, to think about our roots and our future as a free and independent nation. »

Dom Duarte then quotes Goncalo Ribeiro Telles, founder of the monarchist Popular Party (PPM), who died in 2020. In this international context, there must be a permanent and historic institution, the King, that ensures national unity, freedom, diversity of opinion, goals, as well as our authority. Only in this way can we continue to be a free and independent state and play the role that our history and civilization forces us to play in the world.”

Before ending his message by wishing all the people of Portugal happy family holidays, the Duke of Bragança looks forward to the next World Youth Day in Portugal next August.

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Nicholas Fontaine


Nicolas Fontaine has been a freelance web editor since 2014. After being a copywriter and author for numerous Belgian and French brands and media, he specializes in royalty news. Nicolas is now editor-in-chief of Histoires royales.

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