Just two days before the wedding of the daughter of the Dukes of Bragança, the preparations and guest list were finalized. The President of the Republic has long been a confirmed presence, but other well-known figures from the national political scene will also be present, such as mayors Carlos Moedas and Pedro Santana López and also former governors, such as Pedro Passos Coelho and Paulo Portas. Prime Minister Antonio Costa was invited, but was unable to attend for scheduling reasons.
More than a thousand guests are expected to attend the wedding of Infanta María Francisca with Duarte de Souza Araujo Martins at 3 pm next Saturday, October 7, inside the Mafra Church. Among them are also other figures from the panorama of current and past national politics, such as the President of the Regional Government of Madeira, the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, and former Prime Minister José Manuel Durão Barroso.
In addition to the mayors of Lisbon and Figueira da Foz, the mayors of Castelo de Vide and of course Mafra will also be present. The latter will have the rank of minister, as Ambassador José de Poza Serrano, one of those responsible for the protocol at the royal wedding, explained to the observer, according to the law of precedence, when a ceremony is held in a particular municipality. The mayor has the rank of minister.
At the wedding of the current Dukes of Bragança, on March 13, 1995, the ceremony was attended by the highest figures of state at the time in the Jerónimos Monastery, such as the President of the Republic Mario Soares and the Prime Minister Anibal Cavaco Silva. .
According to the former ambassador and head of protocols at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the seating arrangement inside the cathedral is strict and follows the rules. The left side of the altar will be more important than the right side, because it is where the Gospel is read and it is on this side that the bride’s family and guests will be. This is where the President of the Republic will be present “in a prominent place,” according to Boza Serrano. On the other side of the altar is the message and it will be the side of the groom’s family. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has been president of the Casa de Bragança Foundation for years, but his current position as head of state does not allow him to hold that position.
Royal wedding. The guests, organization and protocol explained by “My King in the Service of the Republic”
The guest list is long, and once they arrive at the party, they will receive the group book with a tag in the color of where they will be seated. There will be volunteers to take people to their seats.
As for international royalty, guests are expected to come from the House of Liechtenstein, the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Orleans and Bragança (from Brazil), the family of the Counts of Paris, close relatives from France, the aristocracy of Europe, relatives and family. Friends who meet meet regularly with the bride and her siblings. No royal guests will come from the United Kingdom and Spain, because, as the ambassador pointed out, no members of these families are of the same generation as the bride, Infanta Maria Francisca. Likewise, members of the royal families of Northern Europe, such as Sweden, Norway and Denmark, are not expected to be present. Members of the national aristocracy are also naturally expected to attend.
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