News/Events

February 2020, Travel to Poland. At the Cathedral of Krakow, the Most Serene Dom Filipe, awarded the Directors of the Museum of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation with the Order of “the Arrow”, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of that concentration camp. On that occasion Dom Filipe, had the opportunity to honor his ancestors, the Kings of Poland, having also visited the exhibition of the Royal Treasures of the Kraków Palace.

Marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the 2nd World War, Dom Filipe decorated the Commanding Colonel of the Skawinia Scout Group with the Order of “the arrow”, thus paying tribute to the Polish soldiers killed in combat, having received on that occasion the Commemorative Medal of the Battle of Monte Cassino.

January 18, 2020, Most Serene Dom Filipe received in the Military Order of St. Sebastian, said of “the Arrow”, several personalities, among them the Colonel of Infantry Raúl Miguel Socorro Folques (Member of the Council of the Former Military Orders) and the Colonel of Cavalry Francisco Amado Rodrigues (Director of the Library and Museum Collection of the Portuguese Military Academy).

December 2, 2019, United Arab Emirates National Day, Most Serene Dom Filipe was present at the reception of the United Arab Emirates National Day, in Lisbon, being received by the Ambassador of that Federation that celebrated the 48th anniversary of its foundation.


November 20-22, 2019, Mafra-Lisbon, The Most Serene Dom Filipe welcomed the Princes of Hawaii (House of Kamakahelei), re-establishing the historical ties between the Royal Houses of Portugal and Hawaii (started in the reign of King Dom Luis I ). Dom Filipe had the opportunity to make known to them the former Royal Palaces of Mafra and Ajuda, recalling the History of the Braganza Dynasty, especially of his grandfather, the King Dom João VI.

October 6, 2019, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA, Dom Filipe was in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (USA), where he paid a symbolic tribute to the Portuguese volunteers of the New York Infantry Regiment 39 who fought in this famous battle of the American Civil War. Dom Filipe was accompanied, on this visit, by civil and ecclesiastical authorities, as well as Gulf War veterans, whom Dom Filipee was right to award with the Order of Saint Sebastian, said of the Arrow, insignia.


June 4, 2019, in the context of the 2nd Centenary of the Birth of Queen Dona Maria II, Academia de Marinha (Academy of Navy) in partnership with the National Academy of Fine Arts, organized a colloquium on this ephemeris, having the Most Serene Dom Filipe, made a communication on the theme the Consorts and Pretenders of Queen Dona Maria II.


March, 19, 19 – Apostolic Nunciature to Portugal – The Most Serene Dom Filipe with His Excellency D. Rino Passigato, Apostolic Nuncio in Lisbon, on the occasion of the 6th Anniversary of the Pontificate of the Pope Francisco.


January 19, 2019 – Military Academy, the Most Serene Dom Filipe gave to Major-General João Vieira Borges (Military Academy Commander), the diploma and insignia of Honour Knight Commander of the Military Order of S. Sebastian, known as “da Frecha”, awarded to the Military Academy. of Portugal. After the cerimony, a Mass was celebrated in the Palace of Bemposta Church, in honor of the Martyr Saint Sebastian, Saint Patron of the Order and of the Artillery Arm of Portuguese Army.


December 5, 2018 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Award for Modern and Contemporary History (2018) of the Portuguese Academy of History , at the ceremony under the Presidency of Prof. Manuela Mendonça (President of the Portuguese Academy of History), Dom Filipe received from the hands of Prof.. Guilherme de Oliveira Martins, the Calouste Gulbenkian Award for the best work in Modern and Contemporary History (2018), of the Portuguese Academy of History prizes,da Academia Portuguesa da História, due to his work “O Duque de Loulé – Crónica de um Percurso Político (1804-1875)”.


2018 – Travel to Poland, On the centenary of Polish Independence, Dom Filipe, was received by the Governor of Malopolska. having spoken about the promotion and safeguard of the European civilizational heritage, developed over the last years by APTCE in Poland, and about the historical-cultural actions developed by Dom Filipe, strengthening the cultural ties between Portuguese and Poles.

Dom Filipe had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of the Skawina (Malapolska) Scout Group, being welcomed by their leaders. There, after honoring the fallen Poles in combat (in the 1st and 2nd World Wars), he highlighted the role of the Scout movement around the world, particularly in the formation of the new generations, based on the perennial values of the Fatherland and Family, founded on honor and dignity of man.

Dom Filipe was officially received by the Governor of Donoslaski (Wroclaw) and on this occasion he honored Colonel Ryszard Filipowicz (now the late R.I.P.), former Polish WWII fighter and member of the resistance against Nazism and Communism.

Dom Philip attributed the Honorific Commander of the Order “da frecha” to the Image of St. Sebastian of Zatonia (Zilona Gora).


2017 – Journey to Poland.- The Most Serene began his visit paying homage to his ancestors the Kings of Poland Stanislaus I and August II, buried in the crypt of Krakow Cathedral.

See below the relationship of Dom Filipe with the kings of Poland.

Most Serene Dom Filipe was officially received by the Governor of the MaloPolska Region and the Mayor of Krakow.

The Most Serene Dom Filipe and his entourage were received by the Auxiliary Bishop of Krakow in the Episcopal Palace of that city.

Dom Filipe and his entourage were received at the Krakow Prison Center, by his Drector. Dom Filipe used the occasion to pay tribute to the political prisioners to the political prisoners (dead and tortured) of the Soviet regime, at the memorial of the former prison.

The Most Serene Dom Filipe, as President of the APTCE Honor Committee, was one of the invited speakers to the conference: “Europe after the experiences of Guernica and Auschwitz”, organized by the Oswiecim City Hall in partnership with the Auschwitz Museum. – Birkenau.

The Most Serene Dom Filipe awarded with the Military Order of Saint Sebastião, some Polish veteran combatants of World War II, in honor of their sacrifice and dedication for the benefit of the Polish nation and freedom in Europe


19 de Julho de 2017 – Commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the Battle of Matapan, Dom Filipe, as Representative Heir of Admiral Lopo Furtado de Mendóça (Count of Rio Grande) – Commander of the Portuguese fleet that beat the Turks in the famous Battle of Matapão, unveiled a plaque alluding to that ephemeris in Praça de Armas of Portuguese Navy headquarters. In this solemn act, Dom Filipe was accompanied by Admiral Silva Ribeiro (Chief of Naval Staff) and General Artur Pina Monteiro (Chief of the Armed Forces General Staff).


Abril, 18, 2018, Award Grémio Literário 2017, at Grémio Literário (in Lisboa), the Most Serene Dom Filipe, received from Dr. António Pinto Marques (President of Grémio Literáario) the Award Grémio Literário (2017), attributed to the work of his own “O Duque de Loulé – Crónica de um Percurso Político (1804-1875)”.


November, 6, 2017 – Grémio Literário (in Lisbon) – Book presentation ceremony – “O Duque de Loulé – Crónica de um Percurso Político (1804-1875) by Dom Filipe (Count of Rio Grande). It was subsequently presented in Porto (28 November 2017) and Loulé (7 August 2018).

This work reproduces the Doctoral Thesis of its author in Contemporary History, defended in doctoral public examination on September, 21, 2016, at the University of Coimbra. The public presentation of the work was made by Professor Pedro Soares Martínez, who captivated all present with his characteristic eloquence. The work was published by Orfeu Bookstore-Publisher, Brussels.


October 23, 2017 – 300 years of Royal Basílica of Mafra, the Most Serene Dom Filipe, attended, as a Descendent Member of the Royal House of Portugal (and representative of El-King Dom João V in that act), to the Mass presided by His Eminence Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, evocative of the 300th anniversary of the erection of the Royal Basilica of Mafra, by King Dom João V will.


March 1, 2017 – Doctoral Letter – University of Coimbra, In the Great Acts Room of the University of Coimbra (Old Throne Room of the former Royal Palace), Dom Filipe received his Doctoral Letter from the Dean of the University of Coimbra – João Gabriel Monteiro de Carvalho e Silva, PhD , and by the Director of the Faculty of Letters – José Pedro Paiva, PhD.


January 21, 2017 – Order of St. Sebastian – Investiture Ceremony, in the Chapel of the Queen Palace – Military Academy. The Investiture of new Members of the Military Order of St. Sebastian, said of the Arrow, was held. On this occasion Dom Filipe received in that Order the Paratrooper Manuel Augusto Marques (meanwhile deceased, R.I.P.), awarding the Association of Paratroopers Greens Berets, with the Honorary Knight Commander.


September 21, 2016 – PhD Thesis Defense, in the Great Acts Room of the University of Coimbra, Dom Filipe defended his PhD Thesis in Contemporary History. Most Serene Dom Filipe, is the first Dynastic Member of the Royal House of Portugal, and descendant of King Dom Jose I to conclude a doctorate degree at this university.


July 2, 2015 – Feasts of the Shrine of Senhor de Matosinhos, the Most Serene Dom Filipe was the guest of honor at the celebrations in honor of Martyr Saint Sebastian, held by the Feast Comission of the Shrine of Snhor de Matosinhos. On this occasion Dom Filipe attributed the Honorary Knight Commander of the Military Order of Saint Sebastian to the Image of that Saint venerated in the Mother Church, accompanying it in the procession.


October 18, 2014 – Barcelos, Dom Filipe was officially received by the Mayor of the city of Barcelos, as a Dynastic Member of the Royal House of Portugal. Then, a guided tour was made to the ruins of the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança and the house of the Constable Dom Nuno Álvares Pereira, ancestors of the Most Serene Princess Dona Maria de Bragança and Bourbon (Countess of Barcelos), Grandmother of Dom Filipe.


October, de 2014, Honoring the city of Barcelos, Dom Filipe presented the Diploma and Insignia of Honorary Commander in the Military Order of Saint .Sebastian, said of the Arrow, the City Council of Barcelos, in the person of Mayor and Vice-Mayor, being accompanied in this act by Dr. Alfredo de Côrte-Real (Member of the Council of the Portuguese Dynastic Orders).


October 2014 – Presentation of the work “Chivalric Orders in Barcelos”, by Dr. Alfredo Còrte-Real. The presentation session was attended by the Most Serene Dom Filipe who presented the work as President of the Council of Dynastic Orders of Portugal, and by Colonel António Feijó (Member of the Council of the Portuguese Assembly of the Sovereign and Military Order of Malta) On this occasion, the vice-Mayor of Barcelos welcomed the edition of this work. . This presentation was followed by the opening of an exhibition on the theme of the Orders of Chivalry.


June 10, 2014, in the Tower of Valdenoceda, Region of Castilla-Leon, Kingdom of Spain, the Most Serene Dom Filipe receives from Master Rubén Pérez Llarena and Don Álvaro Enrique de Villamor a carved heraldic piece with his personal arms. This piece was crafted at the “Juan del Castillo” Highest Arts and Crafts Guild.


June, 9 2013 – Homage, S. Miguel, Azores, The Most Serene Dom Filipe, paid a Homage to the glorious and victorious liberating Army, at the place of the battle of Ladeira a Velha (S. Miguel Island, Azores), on August, 3 1831, 1831, where the Liberals defeated the absolutist hosts, expelling them from their last redoubt in that archipelago of Azores.


10th and 11th May 2013 – International Seminar, Ateneu de Sevilha, Seville, Dom Filipe presidid, together, with General Don Laurentino Ceña Coro (Commander of the da 4.ª Zone of Spanish Civil Guard), to the International Seminar held at Ateneu de Sevilha (Seville Athenaeus, Spain), on the theme: “”Emerging Problems in General Security”.


January, 20 2012 -Order of Saint Sebastian – Dubbing Ceremony, Dom Filipe, presidid to the dubbing ceremony of new members od the Military Order of Saint Sebastian, said of the Arrow, à cerimónia de investidura de novos membros da Ordem Militar de São Sebastião, dita da Frecha, held in the Chapel of Bemposta Palace, Lisbon, having the Mass been celebrated by The Most Rev. Abílio de Sousa Ribas, Bishop Emeritus of S. Tomé e Príncipe.


November 10, 2011, Most Serene Dom Filipe, accompanied by Army Colonel Fernando Pinto Simões, attended a protocol ceremony sponsored by the Directorate of History and Military Culture of the Portuguese Army., officially received by its Director Major General Adelino de Matos Coelho.


October 19, 2011 – Military Order of Saint Sebastian – Ceremony of admission. At the Monastery of S. Salvador de Palme, in Barcelos, the Most Serene Dom Filipe presided over the knighthood of new members of the Order of the Arrow, in Northern Portugal. The ceremony Mass was celebrated by Reverd Bishop Abilio de Sousa Ribas, Emeritus Bishop of São Tomé and Principe.


January 23, 2011 – Celebrations in Honor of S. Sebastian, Huelva, Spain. Dom Filipe, participated in the feasts in honor of the Martyr Saint Sebastian in Huelva (Spain), having attended the celebration of Holy Mass presided by Bishop Don José Vilaplana, to whom the Most Serene Dom Filipe handed over the insignia of the Order of the Arrow destined to the Image of Saint Sebastian. On this occasion the Most Serene offered a particle of the relic of that Martyr to the Parish of Huelva. This Relic was placed in a bas-relief carved by Master Alberto Gérman Franco, located in the crypt of that Church.


April 25, 2010 – Oña Monastery, the Most Serene Dom Filipe, visited the Oña Monastery, paying tribute to his ancestors, the Kings of Castile, who are buried in the Church of that Monastery, namely near the tomb of King D. Sancho II.


April 1, 2010 – Ajuda Palace, months before the fateful centenary of the fall of the Monarchy, Dom Filipe and his entourage paid a symbolic tribute to the Kings of Portugal, visiting the Ajuda Palace. They were received by the Director of that National Palace.


January 20, 2010 – Military Order of San Sebastian – Ceremony of Admission. It was held in the Chapel of the Palace of Bemposta (Paço da Rainha – Military Academy), under the Presidency of the Most Serene Dom Filipe, another ceremony of investiture in the Military Order of S. Sebastian, said of the Arrow. The Mass, in Honor of Martyr Saint Sebastian, was celebrated by Canon Doctor Manuel Alves Lourenço, Chancellor of the Patriarchate of Lisbon and Dean of Cathedral Seat of the Patriarchate of Lisbon.


August 20-23, 2009 – Military Order of Saint Sebastian – Meeting. In Barcelos, a meeting of the members of the Military Order of S. Sebastião, known as of the Arrow, was held. In addition to the ceremony of Admission for new members of the Order and the Gala Dinner, the guests were able to make a cultural visit to monuments of that Northern Portugal, in particular those linked to the history of the House of Braganza, namely to the Saint Condestable, D. Nuno Álvares Pereira and to the Counts and Dukes of Barcelos (and Dukes of Bragança), ancestors of the Most Serene Dom Filipe.


January 21, 2009 – Military Order of Saint Sebastian, said of the Arrow – Another Admission Ceremony on the Military Order of Saint Sebastian, said of the Arrow, was held. This was followed by a dinner in the Valmor mansion (Businessmen’s Club). The Most Serene Dom Filipe received in the Order of the Arrow, among others, Colonel António José de Mello Machado, to whom the Order’s Council renders its tribute for all that he did during the missions entrusted to him in defense of the integrity of his Homeland.


22 October 2008 – Anniversary of King D. João V – Mafra Palace, on King Dom João V’s Birth Anniversary Day, Dom Filipe, accompanied with some members of the Council of the Royal Order of the Trinity, paid a just and symbolic tribute to His Grandfather and Founder of this Royal Building.


24 de Julho de 2008 – 175º aniversário da libertação de Lisboa. Na manhã do dia 24 de Julho de 2008, no dia do 175.º aniversário da entrada em Lisboa do Exército Libertador sob o comando do Duque da Terceira (24 de Julho de 1833), o Sereníssimo Senhor Dom Filipe prestou uma homenagem junto aos Túmulos dos Seus Tios os Duques da Terceira, localizados na ante-câmara do Panteão da Casa de Bragança (S. Vicente de Fora). A partir da morte da Duquesa da Terceira (ocorrida em 1866), a Representação dos Duques da Terceira passou para a Casa dos Duques de Loulé (D. Filipe Folque de Mendóça, “A Representação do 1.º Duque da Terceira”, in Revista Armas e Troféus, Instituto Português de Heráldica, Lisboa, 1996 [1997], pp. 235 a 246).


1º de Fevereiro de 2008 – Missa por alma de El-Rei D. Carlos e do Principe D. Luís Filipe. O Sereníssimo Senhor Dom Filipe, mandou celebrar uma missa por alma de El-Rei Dom Carlos I e do Príncipe Dom Luís Filipe, assinalando a trágica data do centenário do Regicídio. Esta missa teve lugar na Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graça, em Lisboa. Após a Santa Missa o Sereníssimo Senhor Dom Filipe, acompanhado por membros do Seu Conselho estiveram no Panteão de S. Vicente de Fora, onde puderam prestar a sua homenagem junto aos túmulos de El-Rei e do Príncipe Real.

Neste contexto apraz registar a obra de Jorge de Morais “Regicídio a contagem decrescente 100 anos (1908-2008)“, onde o autor põe a claro, sem reservas nem contemplações, os implicados no monstruoso crime, onde sem sombra de dúvida aparecem, entre outros, os nomes de José d’Alpoim e de Francisco de Herédia (Visconde da Ribeira Brava)(Jorge de Morais,”Regicídio a contagem decrescente 100 anos [1908-2008]”, pp. 127,128, 129,130, 132, 160, 161).


1.º de Dezembro de 2007 – Paço dos Duques de Bragança, Guimarães No dia da comemoração da Restauração da Independência de Portugal, o Sereníssimo Senhor Dom Filipe, visitou o Paço dos Duques de Bragança, em Guimarães; prestando uma singular homenagem a seus antepassados, nomeadamente a El-Rei Dom Afonso Henriques e a El-Rei Dom João IV, respectivamente o primeiro como Fundador da Nacionalidade e o segundo como Fundador da Dinastia de Bragança. Nesta ocasião o Sereníssimo Senhor Dom Filipe foi recebido pelo Presidente da Câmara de Guimarães e pela Directora daquele Paço.


7 de Agosto de 2007 – Palácio de Mafra O Sereníssimo Senhor Dom Filipe foi recebido pela Directora da Biblioteca do Palácio de Mafra, tendo demoradamente apreciado diversos volumes pertencentes ao Seu Augusto Avô El-Rei Dom João V (Fundador do Real Palácio e Convento de Mafra).


25 de Setembro de 2007 – Esclarecimento do Secretário Geral do Instituto D. João VI. Tratou-se de um esclarecimento que o Dr. Luís Bívar emitiu. Para consultar o texto clique aqui


20 de Janeiro de 2007 . Missa em Honra de São Sebastião. Em Lisboa, foi mandada celebrar na Igreja do Santíssimo Sacramento (ao Chiado), uma Missa em Honra do Mártir São Sebastião, a que assistiu o Sereníssimo Senhor Dom Filipe, acompanhado de diversos membros do Conselho da Ordem Militar de S. Sebastião, dita da Frecha.


23 de Dezembro de 2006 – Evocação dos 200 anos nascimento Infanta Ana de Jesus Maria O Instituto Dom João VI mandou celebrar na Basílica de N.S. dos Mártires (em Lisboa), uma Missa evocativa dos 200 anos do nascimento de S.A. a Senhora Infanta Dona Ana de Jesus Maria de Bragança e Bourbon. Após a celebração da Santa Missa, foi apresentado um livro na sala da Irmandade da mesma Basílica intitulado “A Infanta Dona Ana de Jesus Maria Infanta de Portugal – Marquesa de Loulé”. Este Acto foi presidido pelo Sereníssimo Senhor Dom Filipe (Conde do Rio Grande), sendo a apresentação realizada pelo Dr. Luís Bivar de Azevedo.


20 de Janeiro de 2006 – cerimónia investidura da OMSS Realizou-se na Basílica de Nossa Senhora dos Mártires, a cerimónia de Investidura na Ordem Militar de S. Sebastião, dita da Frecha, sob a presidência do Sereníssimo Senhor Dom Filipe. A Santa Missa em Honra do Mártir São Sebastião foi celebrada pelo Revdmo. Cónego Armando Duarte, Prior da Basílica dos Mártires e da Igreja do S. Sacramento.