THE ROYAL HOUSE TODAY
At the end of the 20th Century, the Royal House has emerged as one of the strongest Royal Families in the post-monarchist world. Well educated by its own history, it has adapted to the cultures and philosophies of today. Its fighting skills well personified by HRH Dona Maria Pia are only matched by its subtle and persuasive diplomatic skills as evidenced by HRH Dom Rosario.
Gaining from its history and adapting to the ideas of today the Royal House maintains a number of institutions to advise, guide and represent it in a variety of situations.
The Cortes is the Parliament of the Royal House. It comprises twelve members appointed by HRH Dom Rosario. Six members are appointed from the ranks of the Nobles and six are appointed by grace of HRH Dom Rosario.
The Cortes members are responsible for specific Ministerial Portfolios. Individual Ministries have been instituted by Decree. The Royal House therefore has eg. A Ministry of Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Relations, Ministry of Economic Affairs etc.
Four members of the Cortes sit in judgement on any alleged infringement of the rules by any member. This Organisation is called The Tribunal of the Conscience for Defence of the Order of Knights.
It is a court with substantial powers including removal of noble privileges and title.
The Royal House maintains the right to grant certain titles to persons who have been of service or otherwise have done noble deeds.
Knights are appointed to the Order of Knights for life by the Royal House. Knighthood may be granted for charitable, philanthropic and meritorious acts.
Citizens of the Royal House comprise the combined membership of Nobles and Knights.
Citizens are appointed to the various councils of the Royal House. Currently active councils are the Due Diligence Council, (which investigates and reports on any prospective partner of a Royal House institution or company); the Principality Acquisition Council (which is preparing the Royal House and its institutions for the move to the Principality); and the Communications Council (which advises on the public and international perception of the Royal House and its institutions and manages relations between the Royal House, the Government of Portugal, other governments, international institutions and the media). These Councils report to the Cortes.
Charities are of two types.
Charities established by the Royal House and which are managed by Citizens on a revolving basis. Their prime objectives are to help the poor and underprivileged and the sufferers of famine and other natural disasters. They are funded by the Casa Real and by individual citizens. They maintain a direct involvement on the ground in their operations.
Charities established by HRH Dom Rosario personally and represented by him as president. These Charities tend to be connected with activities of Portugal and the Braganza Family.
All activity of the Royal House is recorded in the Official Journal of the Royal House which is maintained by a commission of three persons.