Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro

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Prince Carlo
Head of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Pretendence 20 March 2008 – present
Predecessor Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Castro
Spouse Camilla Crociani
Issue Princess Maria Carolina, Duchess of Palermo
Princess Maria Chiara, Duchess of Capri
Full name
Italian: Carlo Maria Bernardo Gennaro
House House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Father Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Castro
Mother Chantal de Chevron-Villette
Born (1963-02-24) 24 February 1963 (age 51)
Saint-Raphaël, France
Religion Roman Catholic

Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro (born 24 February 1963) is one of two claimants to the headship of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and Grand Master of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George.

Styles of
Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies,
Duke of Castro
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir

Early life and education[edit]

Carlo was born at Saint-Raphaël, Var, France, the only son of Ferdinand, Duke of Castro, and his wife, Chantal de Chevron-Villette.[1] He was baptised in France with the names Charles Marie Bernarde Gennaro. He generally uses the Italian form of his name Carlo.

Carlo was educated firstly at the Institute of the Marist Fathers at Toulon, France. He went on to study at a namesake of the Collège Stanislas de Paris located in Nice, France. After studying at an international university in Paris, he spent three years working for a public relations firm in Manhattan. He is fluent in Italian, French and English.

Headship of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies[edit]

In 2008, Carlo succeeded his father as claimant to the headship of the House of the Two Sicilies. As head of the house, he uses the title Duke of Castro.

Carlo's supporters state that since his grandfather's brother Infante Carlos renounced his rights and those of his successors to succession to the throne of the Two Sicilies in 1900, the headship of the house passed to Carlo's grandfather Ranieri, Duke of Castro, then to Carlo's father Ferdinand, Duke of Castro, and most recently to Carlo.[2][3] Infante Carlos's claims to be the Duke of Calabria and head of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies are recognized by the Spanish King Juan Carlos of Spain (since they are cousins), while the other royal families (and all others Bourbon-Two Sicilies members) recognize the Castro claim.[4]

Carlo claims the Grand Mastership of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, the Order of Saint Ferdinand and Merit, the Order of St. Januarius, the Order of Saint George and Reunion, and the Royal Order of Francis I.

Orders and decorations[edit]

Carlo has been highly decorated with a number of state and dynastic honours.[5] They include:

In October 2011, the Duke of Castro was granted the Freedom of the City of London.[7]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Carlo is married to Camilla Crociani.[8]

They have two children:[8]

Royal Godfather[edit]

On 14 April 2011, the Duke and Duchess of Castro attended the joint christening of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark's twin children, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine at the chapel of the Church of Holmen in Copenhagen, Denmark. Carlo is one of six godparents to Princess Josephine. The Duke of Castro is also a godfather of Prince Gaston of Orléans.

Titles from birth[edit]

  • 24 February 1963 – 13 January 1973 His Royal Highness The Duke of Noto
  • 13 January 1973 – 20 March 2008 His Royal Highness The Duke of Calabria
  • 20 March 2008 – present His Royal Highness The Duke of Castro

Ancestry[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Worldroots
  2. ^ (Disputed) Headship of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies In Defense of (Real) History: Who is the Head of the Royal House of Bourbon of the Two Sicilies? by Luigi Mendola.
  3. ^ [1] The Two Sicilies Succession.
  4. ^ The Succession to the Headship of the The Two Sicilies Royal House
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ "Le Onorificenze". Website: Presidenza Della Repubblica (in Italian). Office of the President of the Italian Republic. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. BORBONE DELLE DUE SICILIE S.A.R. il Principe Carlo, Cavaliere di Gran Croce Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, Data del conferimento: 29 July 1996. English Translation: Borbon of the Two Sicilies, H.R.H The Prince Carlo, Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Date conferred: 29 July 1996. 
  7. ^ Independent Catholic News
  8. ^ a b Bourbon-Two Sicilies Royal Family[dead link]

External links[edit]

Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro
Cadet branch of the House of Bourbon
Born: 24 February 1963
Italian nobility
Preceded by
Prince Ferdinand
Duke of Castro
20 March 2008 – present
Incumbent
Heir:
Prince Antoine
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Ferdinand III
— TITULAR —
King of the Two Sicilies
(Castro claimant)

2008 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Italian Unification under the House of Savoy
Incumbent
Heir:
Prince Antoine of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Preceded by
Prince Pedro of
Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Line of succession to the
throne of the Two Sicilies
(Calabria line)

6th position
Succeeded by
Prince Antoine of
Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Line of succession to
the French throne (Legitimist)

c. 26th position
Succeeded by
Adrian de Bourbon