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D. Pedro de Sousa Holstein, 1st Duke of Palmela, was the Portuguese envoy to the Court of St. James

1812

D. Pedro de Sousa Holstein, 1st Duke of Palmela, was the Portuguese envoy to the Court of St. James

D. Pedro de Sousa Holstein (1781-1850), 1st Duke of Palmela was the Portuguese envoy to the Court of St. James from 1812-1817, 1825-1828 and 1838-1841. An able and important diplomat he represented Portugal at the Congress of Vienna. He was active in politics for the Constitutional cause during the Liberal Wars (1828-1834) and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister. He was a friend of Beckford and the Prince Regent and was invited to Brighton Pavilion. He was present at the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1838.

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