Infante Alfonso, Duke of Calabria

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Infante Alfonso
Infante of Spain, Duke of Calabria and Count of Caserta
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The Duke of Calabria in 1912
Head of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Pretendence 7 January 1960 – 3 February 1964
Predecessor Prince Ferdinand Pius
Successor Infante Carlos
Spouse Princess Alicia of Bourbon-Parma
Issue Princess Teresa
Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria
Princess Inés Maria
Full name
Italian: Alfonso Maria Leo Christinus Alfonso di Liguori Antonio Francesco Saverio[1]
House House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Father Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Mother Mercedes, Princess of Asturias
Born (1901-11-30)30 November 1901
Madrid, Spain
Died 3 February 1964(1964-02-03) (aged 62)
Madrid, Spain
Burial Panteon Infantes, Monastery of San Lorenzo de el Escorial
Religion Roman Catholic

Infante Alfonso of Spain, Prince of the Two Sicilies, Duke of Calabria (30 November 1901, in Madrid, Spain[1] – 3 February 1964, in Madrid, Spain[1]) was one of two claimants to the title of the head of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies from 1960 until his death in 1964. Alfonso was the son of Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1870–1949) and his wife Mercedes, Princess of Asturias (1880–1904).[1]

Alfonso's mother was Mercedes, Princess of Asturias, but she died in childbirth in 1904. King Alfonso XIII of Spain was unmarried at the time so as the Princess of the Asturias' eldest son, Alfonso became heir-presumptive to the Spanish crown, though, unlike his mother, he never held the title of Prince of Asturias.[2] He was heir-presumptive until the birth of his cousin, Alfonso, to Alfonso XIII and Queen Victoria Eugenie.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Alfonso married Princess Alicia of Bourbon-Parma (born 1917), his second cousin, daughter of Elias, Duke of Parma and Piacenza and his wife Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, on 16 April 1936 in Vienna, Austria.[1] Alfonso and Alicia had three children:[1]

  • Princess Teresa María of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (born 6 February 1937), married to Íñigo Moreno y Artega, Marqués de Laula, with seven children
  • Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria (born 16 January 1938), married to Princess Anne of Orléans, with five children
  • Princess Inés María of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (born 18 February 1940), married to Luis de Morales y Aguado, with five children

Honours[edit]

On the day after his birth (1 December 1901), his grandmother Queen Maria Christina conferred on him the Order of the Golden Fleece, the Collar of the Order of Charles III, and the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic.[3]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Paul Theroff. "TWO SICILIES". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  2. ^ Por Real Decreto del 17 de octubre de 1904, gozó de todos los honores que le correspondían como heredero de la Corona, pero nunca ostentó el título de Príncipe de Asturias
  3. ^ "Latest intelligence - Spain" The Times (London). Monday, 2 December 1901. (36627), p. 5.
Infante Alfonso, Duke of Calabria
Cadet branch of the House of Bourbon
Born: 30 November 1901 Died: 3 February 1964
Italian nobility
Preceded by
Ferdinand Pius
Duke of Calabria
1960–1964
Succeeded by
Carlos
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Ferdinand Pius
— TITULAR —
King of the Two Sicilies
1960–1964
Reason for succession failure:
Italian Unification under the House of Savoy
Succeeded by
Carlos