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Envelope written by Dom Pedro II

Envelope written by Dom Pedro II

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An envelope written by Dom Pedro II, with the imperial seal, to a European first cousin.

  • Envelope from Dom Pedro II to the Duke of Parma and Placencia.
  • No information about location and date.
  • In Portuguese.
  • 15.7 cm x 13 cm.
  • Good state.
  • Unique piece.

His Royal Highness the Duke of Parma and Placencia, Lord my good Cousin and Brother

The Duke of Parma and Placencia, recipient of this letter from Dom Pedro II, was called Roberto Carlos Luís Maria de Bourbon-Parma. He was born and died in Italy (1848-1907) and was the last sovereign of the extinct Duchy of Parma and Placencia, marking the end of the Bourbon-Parma dynasty.

Despite the lost throne and the murder of his father when he was just six years old, the Duke had a comfortable life, living in the family's different Austrian and Italian properties. And in 1883 he even inherited, from his uncle Henrique, the Château de Chambord, the most renowned and visited in France, after the Château of Versailles.

This fortune also allowed him to attract the attention of European princesses. He married a cousin, Maria Pia, daughter of King Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies and Archduchess Maria Teresa of Austria. They had twelve children, half of them with intellectual disabilities, a consequence of consanguinity. After Maria Pia's death, Roberto married a second time with Maria Antonia of Portugal, daughter of the deposed king Miguel I of Portugal. Twelve other children were born from this union!

But what was his relationship with Dom Pedro II? To put it simply, the Duke was a son-in-law of Ferdinand II of the two Sicilies, who was both a cousin of Dom Pedro II (through his mothers), and his brother-in-law by Empress Teresa Cristina, sister of Ferdinand and wife of Dom Pedro II.

In addition to this recipient with an unusual fate, I found this envelope found in France with its intact imperial wax seal interesting, as the letter was opened from the top. It is not known where the letter ended up, nor its contents. Probably congratulations on the birth of a child (24 opportunities!), Christmas, or those types of events that helped maintain the bond despite the distance. These details and, of course, the Emperor's handwritten line, will excite the growing number of collectors interested in the Brazilian royal family.

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