Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Castro

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Prince Ferdinand
Duke of Castro
Head of the House of the Two Sicilies
Period 13 January 1973 – 20 March 2008
Predecessor Prince Ranieri
Successor Prince Carlo
Spouse Chantal de Chevron-Villette
Issue Princess Béatrice of the Two Sicilies
Anne, Baroness Cochin
Carlo, Duke of Castro
Full name
Ferdinando Maria Andrea Alfonso Marcus
House House of the Two Sicilies
Father Prince Ranieri, Duke of Castro
Mother Countess Maria Carolina Zamoyska
Born (1926-05-28)28 May 1926
Podzamcze, Poland
Died 20 March 2008(2008-03-20) (aged 81)
Draguignan, France
Religion Roman Catholic

Prince Ferdinando of the Two Sicilies (Ferdinando Maria Andrea Alfonso Marcus; 28 May 1926 – 20 March 2008) was a claimant to the headship of the House of the Two Sicilies. He was known as the Duke of Castro.


Ferdinand was born in Podzamcze the son of Prince Ranieri, Duke of Castro and Countess Maria Carolina Zamoyska (1896–1968). His parents were first cousins as his grandmothers were sisters. His paternal grandparents were also first cousins. He lived most of his life in France and was the first member of the Two Sicilies royal family to serve in the French Armed Forces.

Ferdinand succeeded as head of the House of the Two Sicilies on his father's death in 1973 having carried out the functions associated with the headship of the family since 1966. He was Grand Master of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George and the Royal Order of Francis I. He was decorated with several dynastic and state orders.[1]

Ferdinand died in France on 20 March 2008.[2]

Marriage and children[edit]

Ferdinand was married in Giez on 23 July 1949 to Chantal de Chevron-Villette (1925–2005), they had three children.

∞ Prince Charles Napoléon on 19 December 1978 in Paris; divorced in 1989
  • Princess Anne Marie Caroline Carmen of the Two Sicilies (born 24 April 1957 in Saint-Raphaël)
∞ Jacques Cochin, Baron Cochin on 9 September 1977 in Roquebrunne-sur-Argens
  • Nicolas Cochin (born 21 January 1979)
  • Dorothée Cochin (born 10 June 1985)
Camilla Crociani on 31 October 1998 in Monte Carlo
  • Princess Maria Carolina of the Two Sicilies (born 23 June 2003)
  • Princess Maria Chiara of the Two Sicilies (born 1 January 2005)



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Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Castro
Cadet branch of the House of Bourbon
Born: 28 May 1926 Died: 20 March 2008
Italian nobility
Preceded by
Prince Ranieri
Duke of Castro
13 January 1973 – 20 March 2008
Succeeded by
Prince Carlo
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
King of the Two Sicilies
13 January 1973 – 20 March 2008
Reason for succession failure:
Italian Unification under the House of Savoy
Succeeded by

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