Princess Anne, Duchess of Calabria

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Princess Anne d'Orléans
Dowager Duchess of Calabria
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Princess Anne and her husband Infante Carlos at a Mass of the Two Sicilian Royal Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George in Barcelona
Born (1938-12-04) 4 December 1938 (age 78)
Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Belgium
Spouse Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria
Issue Princess Cristina
Archduchess Maria 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
French royal family
Orléanist
Coat of Arms of the July Monarchy (1830-31).svg

HRH The Count of Paris
HRH The Countess of Paris

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 fifth child[1] of Prince Henri, Count of Paris (1908–1999), Orleanist claimant to the defunct French throne,[2] and his wife Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza (1911–2003).[1]

Biography[edit]

Marriage[edit]

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 the 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 Infante Alfonso of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Calabria (1901–1964) and Princess Alice of Bourbon-Parma (1917-2017). 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]

Children[edit]

Anne and Carlos had 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, 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 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
  • 1965–2015: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Calabria
  • 2015–2017: Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, Duchess of Calabria
  • 2017-present:Her Royal Highness The Dowager Duchess of Calabria

Honours[edit]

Arms[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Darryl Lundy (10 March 2007). "Anne Marguerite Brigitte Marie d'Orléans, Princesse d'Orléans". thePeerage.com. 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)

External links[edit]

Princess Anne, Duchess of Calabria
Cadet branch of the House of Bourbon
Born: 4 December 1938
Italian nobility
Preceded by
Princess Alicia of Bourbon-Parma
Duchess consort of Calabria
12 May 1965 – 5 October 2015
Succeeded by
Sofía Landaluce y Melgarejo
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Princess Alicia of Bourbon-Parma
— TITULAR —
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