Princess Carolina, Marchioness of Sala
Princess Maria Carolina Christina of Bourbon-Parma, Marchioness of Sala (born 23 June 1974), Duchess of Guernica, is the fourth and youngest child of Princess Irene of the Netherlands and Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma, and is member of the Royal and Ducal House of Bourbon-Parma, as well of the Dutch Royal Family.
Princess Carolina was born at 23 June 1974 in Nijmegen. She has two older brothers Prince Carlos, the head of the House of Bourbon-Parma, and Prince Jaime. She also has one older sister Princess Margarita. She was baptised at the castle of Lignières in France with Prince Claus of the Netherlands and Princess Christina of the Netherlands as her godparents.
In 1981, when she was six, her parents decided to divorce. She moved together with her mother and her brothers and sister to the Soestdijk Palace (Baarn), the then residence of the queen of the Netherlands. They lived at the palace for a number of years with her grandparents, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and Prince Consort Bernhard. Later on they lived for a while in a villa at Wijk bij Duurstede.
Education and career
Princess Carolina studied political science at University of Amsterdam and Harvard University and also has an M.Sc. in Forced Migration from the University of Oxford. She has had a career at the United Nations. For this organisation she was stationed at the UN headquarters in New York, as well as problematic areas like Eritrea, the Gaza Strip, and in Acheh (Indonesia) after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. She is currently employed at the United Nations in Geneva, in the Organisation for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The princess has been seen regularly at important events of the royal house of the Netherlands. In 2001 she was one of the maids of honor at the wedding of Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands. And during the baptism of their daughter Countess Eloise of Orange-Nassau, she was the godmother of the child. She was a witness at the church wedding of her cousin Prince Floris of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven, and in 2010, was named as the godmother of Floris' second child, Eliane.
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Already a princess from birth, her father bestowed the substantive title Marchesa di Sala (Marquise of Sala) upon her on 2 September 1996, as well later on the Carlist title Duquesa de Gernika (Duchess of Guernica) on 28 September 2003. In 1996 she was incorporated into the Dutch Nobility by Queen Beatrix, with the highest title of nobility Prinses de Bourbon de Parme (Princess of Bourbon-Parma) and styled Hare Koninklijke Hoogheid (Her Royal Highness). She does not belong to the House of Orange-Nassau or the limited Dutch Royal House, but as a granddaughter of Queen Juliana and niece of the present Queen Beatrix, she is an official member of the more extended Dutch Royal Family.
Princess Carolina is:
- Dame Grand Cross with Collar of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George.
- Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Saint Louis for Civil Merit.
- Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Legitimidad Proscrita.
On 9 January 2012, it was announced Carolina would marry Albert Brenninkmeijer, (born 16 May 1974), a member of the wealthy Brenninkmeijer family. The civil marriage took place on 21 April 2012 at Wijk bij Duurstede. The church wedding took place at the San Miniato al Monte on 16 June 2012 in Florence, Italy.
- 23 June 1974 - 2 September 1996 Her Royal Highness Princess Carolina of Bourbon-Parma
- 2 September 1996 - 28 September 2003 Her Royal Highness Princess Carolina of Bourbon-Parma, Marquise of Sala
- 28 September 2003 – present Her Royal Highness Princess Carolina of Bourbon-Parma, Marquise of Sala, Duchess of Guernica
- Almanach de Gotha (182nd ed.). Almanach de Gotha. 1998. p. 55. ISBN 0953214206.
- "Palabras de S.A.R. el Príncipe Don Carlos Hugo de Borbón Parma en al acto de imposición de cruces de la Orden de la Legitimad Proscrita, celebrado el domingo día 28 de septiembre de 2003 en Arbonne". House of Bourbon-Parma. Retrieved 2008-07-30.
- "The 14th list of nobility determined by royal decree on 9 June 2004 (Stb.307)". Website of the High Council of Nobility in the Netherlands
- "Members of the Dutch Royal House and the royal family". Postbus 51 - Website of the Dutch Government Information Service (in Dutch)
- Principessa Maria Carolina - Website Reale e Ducale Casa di Borbone Parma
- PPE Agency, King Willem-Alexander's inthronization, Photo
- Prinses Carolina gaat trouwen De Telegraaf, 9 January 2012
- Prinses Carolina getrouwd met C&A-telg, De Telegraaf, 22 April 2012
- Prinses Carolina trouwt 16 Juni in Italië, Algemeen Dagblad, 19 April 2012