#AceHistoryNews – BRAZIL:Feb.23: Afonso was the Prince Imperial and heir apparent to the throne of the Empire of Brazil. Born in Rio de Janeiro, he was the eldest child of Emperor Dom Pedro II and Dona Teresa Cristina of the Two Sicilies, and thus a member of the Brazilian branch of the House of Braganza.
With the birth of his child, the insecure and shy 19-year-old Emperor Pedro II became more mature and outgoing. Afonso’s arrival also fostered a closer and happier relationship between his parents, who had not married for love.
Afonso died from epilepsy at the age of two, devastating the emperor. After the loss of his other son, doubts grew in Pedro II’s mind that the imperial system could be viable. He still had an heir in his daughter Isabel, but he was unconvinced that a female would prove to be a suitable successor.
He became careless about the effects of his policies on the monarchy, provided his daughter Isabel with no training for her role as potential empress, and failed to cultivate her acceptance within the country’s political class.
Pedro II’s lack of interest in protecting the imperial system ultimately led to its downfall.