Carlos Gereda y de Borbón

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Carlos Gereda y de Borbón
Don
Grand Master of the Paris-Malta obedience of the Order of Saint Lazarus
Reign 12 October 2008 – present
Predecessor Francisco de Borbón y Escasany
François de Cossé-Brissac
Marquess of Almazán (jure uxoris)
Reign 15 February 1975 – present
Predecessor Jaime Castellano y Mazarredo
Born (1947-01-24) 24 January 1947 (age 70)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Spouse María las Nieves Castellano y Barón, Marchioness of Almazán
Father Don Nicolás Gereda y Bustamante
Mother Doña María Luisa de Borbón y Pínto
Religion Roman Catholicism

Don Carlos Gereda y de Borbón, Marquess of Almazán (born 24 January 1947 in Montevideo, Uruguay) is a Spanish aristocrat, engineering entrepreneur and philanthropist.

The youngest son of Don Nicolás Gereda y Bustamante, his mother Doña María Luisa de Borbón y Pintó[1] was the only daughter of Alberto María de Borbón y d'Ast, 2nd Duke of Santa Elena, making Don Carlos a great-great-great-great-great-grandson of Charles IV of Spain.[2]

Carlos Gereda y de Borbón is pretendent Grand Master of the Paris-Malta obedience of the Order of Saint Lazarus (instituted 1910) since 2008, as such succeeding the Duke of Seville and the Duke of Brissac.[3]

Early life and background[edit]

Don Carlos was born in Uruguay where his parents moved after the Spanish Civil War to run the country estate they had inherited.

Through his maternal grandfather, Alberto María de Borbón y d'Ast, 2nd Duke of Santa Elena, he is related to the Borbón family, being a sixth cousin once removed of King Felipe VI of Spain.[4]

Don Carlos spent his early childhood in Spain, before being sent to Ladycross Preparatory School in Sussex, England. He then attended Downside School, a Benedictine foundation in Somerset, before reading Industrial Engineering at the Complutense University of Madrid.

On 15 February 1975 he married Doña María las Nieves Castellano y Barón, Marchioness of Almazán (born 24 September 1947); her family's hereditary title was created in 1575 by Philip II of Spain.

Career[edit]

In 1975 Don Carlos embarked on a career in business as a commercial development entrepreneur, which has provided him opportunities to travel the world from the Far East to South America and Central Europe. He and his wife, Blanche, lived in Buenos Aires from 1979 to 1986, from where they still operate an oil services company.

Don Carlos is currently involved in establishing a Museum of Science and Leisure at Málaga, Spain,[5] with the aim of its developing into one of the most important such museums in southern Europe.

Distinctions[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 1947 — 1975: Don Carlos Gereda y de Borbón
  • 1975 — 2008: Don Carlos Gereda y de Borbón, Marquess of Almazán, iure uxoris ("by right of his wife") as is customary in Spain, being married to the substantive title holder of that marquessate
  • 2008 — present: His Excellency Don Carlos Gereda y de Borbón, Marquess of Almazán, 49th Grand Master of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem[6]

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