Miguel II of Braganša, in English Michael II of Braganza (September 19 , 1853- October 11, 1927) was the 22nd Duke of Braganša.

He was born in Kleinheubach Castle near Miltenberg, Bavaria, during the exile in Germany of his father, former king Miguel I of Portugal. His mother was Adelaid, princess of Lowenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort-Rosenberg.

As the son of King Miguel, the duke was forbidden to enter Portuguese territory. Therefore, he was educated in Germany and Austria. He was a member of the staff of Franz Josef, emperor of Austria and took part in the occupation of Bosnia. It is said that the emperor liked the duke immensely and granted him the privileged of extra-territoriality that allowed him to remain Portuguese, despite the rejection of Portugal. During World War I, Miguel was one of the field marshals of the Austrian army until, in 1917, Portugal enters the conflict on the opposite side. Immediately he asked for exoneration and served the rest of the war as a civil, in the Order of Malta. After the end of the Austrian Empire, Miguel and his family were (relatively) thrown into poverty.

Miguel's descendants

  • First marriage, with princess Elizabeth Thurn und Taxis (May 28, 1860 - February 7, 1881), on October 17, 1877 in Regensburg
    • Miguel of Braganša (1878-1923)
    • Francisco JosÚ of Braganša (1879-1919)
    • Maria Teresa of Braganša (1881-1945)
  • Second marriage, with princess Maria Theresa of Lowenstein-Wertheim
    • Isabel Maria of Braganša (1894-1970), married Franz, prince Thurn und Taxis
    • Maria Benedita of Braganša (1896-1971)
    • Mafalda of Braganša (1898-1918)
    • Maria Ana of Braganša (1899-1971), married Karl, prince Thurn und Taxis
    • Maria Antˇnia of Braganša (1903-1973), married Ashley Chandler
    • Duarte Nuno, Duke of Braganša (1907-1976)
    • Maria Adelaide of Braganša (born 1912), married Nicolau van Uden

In 1920, after some family quarrels with his older son, Miguel II abdicated the duchy of Braganša for Duarte, only 13 years old.

Miguel died in Seebenstein, on October 11, 1927.

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