Princess Anne, Duchess of Calabria

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Princess Anne
Dowager Duchess of Calabria
Anne of Orléans, Duchess of Calabria (b1938).JPG
Born (1938-12-04) 4 December 1938 (age 77)
Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Belgium
Spouse Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria
Issue Princess Cristina
María, Archduchess of Austria
Prince Pedro, Duke of Calabria
Princess Inés
Princess Victoria
Full name
French: Anne Marguerite Brigitte Marie
House Orléans
Father Prince Henri, Count of Paris
Mother Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza
Religion Roman Catholicism
Royal styles of
Princess Anne, Dowager Duchess of Calabria
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Princess Anne of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Dowager Duchess of Calabria[1] (née Princess Anne of Orléans; born 4 December 1938, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Belgium[1]) is the widow of Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria.[1] Princess Anne is the third daughter and the fifth child[1] of Prince Henri, Count of Paris (1908–1999), claimant to the French throne,[2] and his wife Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza (1911–2003).[1]



On 12 May 1965, at Dreux, France, Princess Anne married Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Calabria (1938-2015), one of the two claimants to be Head of the Royal House of Two Sicilies.[1][3] The bride wore a Balmain silk gown of Lyonnaise lace, embroidered with fleurs de lys. [4]

Prince Carlos was the son of Alfonso of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Calabria (1901–1964) and Princess Alice of Bourbon-Parma (born 1917). Though they had known each other since childhood, their romantic relationship began in Athens, in 1962, at the wedding of the future King Juan Carlos of Spain to Princess Sophia of Greece, at which Princess Anne was a bridesmaid.[3]

The Duke and Duchess of Calabria lived in Spain.[3]


Anne and Carlos hac five children:[1]

  • Princess Cristina Isabella Maria Luisa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (born 1966 in Madrid); married, in 1994, at Ciudad Real, Pedro López-Quesada y Fernandez-Urrutia (b. 1964)
    • Victoria López-Quesada y de Borbón-Dos Sicilias (b. 1997)
    • Pedro López-Quesada y de Bórbon-Dos Sicilias (b. 2003)
  • Princess María Paloma Diana Irene of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (b. 1967 in Madrid); married, in 1996, at Ciudad Real, Archduke Simeon of Austria (b. 1958), a grandson of Karl I of Austria.
    • Archduke Johannes of Austria (b. 1997)
    • Archduke Ludwig of Austria (b. 1998)
    • Archduchess Isabelle of Austria (b. 2000)
    • Archduchess Carlotta of Austria (b. 2003)
    • Archduke Philipp of Austria (b. 2007)
  • Prince Pedro Giovanni Maria Alejo Saturnino y Todos los Santos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Calabria (b. 1968 in Madrid); married
    • Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Noto and Capua (b. 1993)
    • Prince Juan of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (b. 2003)
    • Prince Pablo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (b. 2004)
    • Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (b. 2007)
    • Princess Sofía of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (b. 2008)
    • Princess Blanca of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (b. 2011)
    • Princess María of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (b. 2015)
  • Princess Inés María Alicia Anna Isabella of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (b. 1971 in Madrid); married in 2001 at Toledo Italian aristocrat Nob. Michele Carrelli Palombi dei Marchesi di Raiano (b. 1965)
    • Nob. Teresa Carrelli Palombi dei Marchesi di Raiano (b. 2003)
    • Nob. Blanca Carrelli Palombi dei Marchesi di Raiano (b. 2005)
  • Princess Victoria María Aline Carolina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (b. 1976 in Madrid); married Greek shipowner Markos Nomikos (b. 1965) in 2003.
    • Anastasios Nomikos (b. 2005)
    • Ana Nomikos (b. 2006)
    • Carlos Nomikos (b. 2008)
    • Simeon Nomikos (b. 2012)

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 1938–1965: Her Royal Highness Princess Anne of Orléans
  • 1965–1994: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Calabria
  • 1994–2015: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Calabria, Grandee of Spain
  • 2015-present: Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, Duchess of Calabria, Grandee of Spain

When she became a widow in 2015, technically it would be titled The Dowager Duchess of Calabria, but as your mother-in-law, Infanta Alicia, is still alive, it was titled as Princess Anne, Duchess of Calabria.





  1. ^ a b c d e f g Darryl Lundy (10 March 2007). "Anne Marguerite Brigitte Marie d'Orléans, Princesse d'Orléans". Retrieved 2008-10-03.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Milestones: May 21, 1965". Time. 1965-05-21. Retrieved 2011-06-05. Married. Princess Anne of France, 26, daughter of the Count of Paris, Bourbon pretender to the French throne; and Prince Carlos de Bourbon, 27, man-about-Madrid, her tenth cousin, himself a disputed minor pretender to the Spanish throne; in Dreux, France. 
  3. ^ a b c Kamm, Henry (13 May 1965), "French Princess Wed To Spaniard", The New York Times, Dreux 
  4. ^ "Anne de France, duchesse de Calabre". Mariees du Gotha. 
  5. ^ Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George (2008). "Membership of the Constantinian Order". Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George. Retrieved 2008-10-13.  External link in |publisher= (help)
Princess Anne, Duchess of Calabria
Cadet branch of the House of Bourbon
Born: 13 November 1917
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Alicia of Bourbon-Parma
Queen consort of the Two Sicilies
12 May 1965 – 5 October 2015
Reason for succession failure:
Italian Unification under the House of Savoy
Succeeded by
Sofía Landaluce y Melgarejo