Prince Eudes of Orléans and Bragança passed away today, 13 August 2020, in Rio de Janeiro. He was eighty-one years-old. The prince had suffered from ill health for some time; the case of death was renal failure.
The Secretariat of the Head of the Imperial House of Brazil has communicated the following message announcing the death of Prince Eudes of Orléans and Bragança:
On behalf of H.I.&R.H. Prince D. Luiz de Orleans e Bragança, the Secretariat of the Imperial House of Brazil fulfils the painful duty of reporting the death, today in the city of Rio de Janeiro at age 81, after long illness, of his brother Prince D. Eudes de Orleans e Bragança, one of the twelve children of D. Pedro Henrique and D. Maria de Orleans e Bragança and the father of Deputy D. Luiz Philippe de Orleans e Bragança.
We all ask for prayers for the eternal rest of his soul.
São Paulo, August 13, 2020
|The wedding of Prince Pedro Henrique of Brazil and Princess Maria Elisabeth of Bavaria|
|Pedro Henrique and Maria Elisabeth with their three eldest children: Luiz (b.1938), Eudes (1939-2020), and Bertrand (b.1941).|
|Prince Eudes in his youth.|
|Prince Eudes with his wife Mercedes|
In 1966, Prince Eudes renounced his dynastic rights in view of his engagement to a commoner. On 8 May 1967, the prince married Ana Maria de Cerqueira César e Moraes de Barros (b.1945) at São Paulo. Eudes and Ana Maria had two children: Prince Luíz Filipe (b.1969) and Princess Anna Luíza (b.1971). Eudes and Ana Maria divorced on 22 March 1976. Four days later, on 26 March 1976, Eudes married Mercedes Williamsens Neves da Rocha (b.1955) in a civil ceremony at Rio de Janeiro. The couple had four children: Eudes (b.1977), the twins Maria Antonia and Maria Francisca (b.1979), and Guy (b.1985).
During their honeymoon to Jamaica in April 1976, Eudes and Mercedes survived a harrowing airplane accident. The plane on which the couple were passengers crashed, and they remained missing for four days, much to the despair of family members. Fortunately, Prince Eudes, his wife Mercedes, and the pilot Ronald Fletcher all survived. The news of the couple's rescue was met with great joy.
May the Prince Rest in Peace.
|Article about the plane crash during the honeymoon of Eudes and Mercedes. |
From The News and Observer of Raleigh, NC, 19 April 1976.
|Prince Eudes with his wife Mercedes (left) and his cousin Princess Diane of Orléans, Duchess of Württemberg (right).|