Princess Élida of Ebenthal

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Princess Élida
Princess of Ebenthal
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Born23 April 1981 (1981-04-23) (age 41)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
SpouseFilipe Moreira
IssueHeitor, Prince of Altenburg
Full name
Élida van der Bruyn
FatherArmando, 5th Baron of Roches
MotherWanda da Costa
ReligionRoman Catholicism
OccupationBallet dancer

Princess Élida of Ebenthal (born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23 April 1981) is a Princess of Ebenthal, sister of King Arthur II and former heiress to her brother's throne as Princess of Belmonte, being the last holder of the title to be heir to the Ebenthali throne. She had been also her brother's heiress when he was King of Roschfallen under the title of Princess of Iriland. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she is the first of the six children of Armando, 5th Baron of Roches, head of the Portuguese barional and Ebenthali royal House of Bruyn, and his first wife Wanda da Costa.

In 2011 Princess Élida married the Brazilian Filipe Moreira, from São Paulo, with whom she had a son, Heitor, Prince of Altenburg, in favor of whom she resigned her dynastical rights in 11 April 2021.


Early life

Élida was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 1981, as the first daughter of Armando van der Bruyn, then Hereditary Baron of Roches to his first wife, Ms. Wanda da Costa, both aged 20 when she was born. Through her father, she is a member of the House of Bruyn, a Dutch-Portuguese family whose ancestry goes back to the nobility of Scotland and the Holy Roman Empire. She is great-great-great-great-granddaughter of King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy through an illegitimate line via her father's mother.

Education and career

Élida began her studies at the St. Ignatius College in Rio de Janeiro where she graduated. At the age of 11 she startet a ballet course, being so successful she was invited to the Royal Ballet School, an offer she declined because she didn't wanted to leave her grandparents, who raised her. Later on her career, she performed in front of Mikhail Baryshnikov and was invited to take part at the Bolshoi Ballet, which she also declined.

In 2001 she joined the ballet company of the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre, under the guidance of Ana Botafogo. She rose inside the company to be nowadays the number one ballet dancer, succeeding Ana.

Marriage and children

In 2009 she began to date Mr. Filipe Moreira, a Paulistan ballet dancer who moved to Rio to work at the Municipal Theatre, where he became the number one ballet dancer as well. The two moved together and, in 2011, they bore a son, born Prince Heitor of Ebenthal. The couple and child took residence in the Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro. In 2019 their residence was annexed into Ebenthal and was called Central Hill Castle, being currently part of the city of Malmünd. The walls that protect the castle were called Elidian Walls after Princess Élida.

Titles, styles and honours

Styles of
Princess Élida
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Reference styleHer Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour Royal Highness
Alternative styleMa'am

Titles and styles

  • 28 January 2014 – 29 December 2019: Her Serene Highness The Princess of Iriland
  • 29 December 2019 – 11 April 2021: Her Gracious Highness The Princess of Belmonte
  • 29 December 2019 – 11 April 2021: Her Royal Highness Princess Élida of Ebenthal


National Honors

As Princess of Ebenthal, Élida is recipient of the following orders:

Foreign Honors


The ancestry of Princess Élida of Ebenthal:


  1. Dhrubajyoti Roy (1 August 2021). "ROYAL DECREE No. – 198/2021".

Princess Élida of Ebenthal
Born: 23 April 1981
Royal titles
Preceded by
Pedro II of Belmonte
Princess of Belmonte
29 December 2019 – 11 April 2021
Succeeded by
Pedro II of Belmonte
Preceded by
New title
Princess of Roschfallen
28 January 2014 – 29 December 2019
Succeeded by
Prince Cláudio