Today the Portuguese Monarchists celebrate the coming of age of the heir to the throne: Dom Afonso de Santa Maria, Prince of Beira, Duke of Barcelos was born on 25th March 1996.
|The Portuguese Royal Familiy with Dom Duarte Pio (r.) and Dom Afonso de Santa Maria (2nd f. r.).|
He is the eldest son and heir to Dom Duarte Pio, Duke of Bragança, the rightful King of Portugal. As the first child of the Duke and Duchess Isabel de Herédia, Prince Afonso de Santa Maria is first in the Line of succession to the Portuguese throne, behind his father.
|The Portuguese Royal Family attended the papal mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI on 13th May 2010 in Lisbon. Dom Afonso de Santa Maria is seated in the centre.|
Numerous photos of a thanks giving mass in the church Nossa Senhora da Encarnação em Lisboa can be seen here.