Love is the most powerful emotion of all times and while world history is filled with wars and controversy caused by love stories, music and art galleries host priceless masterpieces inspired by love. We went looking into Europe’s most beautiful love stories and made our first stop in Portugal.
In anticipation of King D. Pedro V’ s birthday on 15 September, we take a spin into his love story with his Queen, Stephanie Josepha Friederike Wilhelmine Antonia, and the love legacy they left behind. They got married when they were both short of a few month of their 21st birthday. Welcomed with a lavish lifestyle at her new home, Stephanie wrote back to her parents a letter saying that Portuguese understood luxury better than dignity.
Keepers of the happy memories, the gardens at the Royal Palace are inviting for long strolls and nothing could stop you imagining The Royal Prince and the love of his life, Queen D. Estefânia holding hands and sharing concerns about the future of Portugal.
After his loving Queen died, only 14 month after they got married, the King honored her memory and focused on the development of his country. He became the founder of the School of Letters, getting involved in choosing the its professors and courses himself.
When Lisbon was evacuated during the pandemic, aristocracy had to leave immediately, but the Royal Prince refused to leave his subjects, and instead of seeking safe refuge, he selflessly helped the hospitals, the ill and payed tribute comforting the grieving families.
Lisbon is still celebrating the Royal Prince and his Queen’s legacy for love, kindness and compassion. Casa do Príncipe takes its name after the Royal Prince, King D. Pedro V, and each of its 9 palatial suites and rooms refer to a meaningful part of this King’s life.
Authentic frescos, 13ft height intricately stuccowork ceilings, real hardwood floors are enhanced by beautiful restoration work bring along aristocratic grace, discretion and elegance.
Right at the heart of Lisbon, Casa Do Principe is a place for love and compassion, facing the Príncipe Real Garden. Its spectacular location on the doorstep of fashionable shops and city sights, signature restaurants and historic attractions, makes Lisbon Europe’s most well-kept secret and inspire us all to imagine the next modern love story.