Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies

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Prince Carlos
Carlos Maria of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.jpg
Formal photo portrait wearing a Spanish Hussar uniform, 1913
Born(1870-11-10)10 November 1870
Gries-San Quirino [it], Bolzano, Austria-Hungary
Died11 November 1949(1949-11-11) (aged 79)
Seville, Spain
Iglesia Colegial del Divino Salvador, Seville
SpouseMercedes, Princess of Asturias
Princess Louise of Orléans
IssuePrince Alfonso, Duke of Calabria
Prince Fernando
Princess Isabella
Prince Carlos
Dolores, Princess Augustyn Józef Czartoryski
Mercedes, Countess of Barcelona
Esperanza, Princess Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza
Full name
Italian: Carlo Maria Francesco d'Assisi Pasquale Ferdinando Antonio di Padova Francesco de Paola Alfonso Andrea Avelino Tancredi
HouseBourbon-Two Sicilies
FatherPrince Alfonso, Count of Caserta
MotherPrincess Maria Antonietta of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
ReligionRoman Catholicism
SignaturePrince Carlos's signature

Don Carlos, Prince of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Infante of Spain[1][2] (Full Italian name: Carlo Maria Francesco d'Assisi Pasquale Ferdinando Antonio di Padova Francesco de Paola Alfonso Andrea Avelino Tancredi, Principe di Borbone delle Due Sicilie, Infante di Spagna;[1][2] 10 November 1870, Gries-San Quirino [it], Bolzano, Austria-Hungary[1][2] – 11 November 1949, Seville, Spain[1][2]) was the son of Prince Alfonso of the Two Sicilies, Count of Caserta and his wife Princess Maria Antonietta of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, and nephew of the last King of the Two Sicilies, Francis II.[1][2]

Marriages and children[edit]

On 14 February 1901 in Madrid, Carlos married Mercedes, Princess of Asturias, elder daughter of the late King Alfonso XII of Spain and of his wife Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria.[1][2] Mercedes was the elder sister and heiress presumptive to King Alfonso XIII of Spain, an unmarried teenager. A week before the wedding, on 7 February, Carlos was given the title of Infante of Spain.[3]

Carlos and Mercedes had three children:[1][2]

Mercedes died in childbirth in 1904.

In 1907, Carlos married secondly to Princess Louise of Orléans, daughter of Prince Philippe, Count of Paris.[1][2] The couple had four children:[1][2]

Prince Carlos's descendants include King Felipe VI of Spain, Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria, Prince Pedro Carlos of Orléans-Braganza and Prince Peter of Yugoslavia, among others.

Military service[edit]

Carlos served in the Spanish Army in the Spanish–American War and received the Military Order of Maria Cristina.[4] Eventually he rose to the rank of Inspector General.[5]

He was the 1,099th Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece in Spain on 7 February 1901 and the 280th Grand Cross of the Order of the Tower and Sword.

Prince Carlos with his second wife, Princess Louise of Orléans, c. 1909

Two Sicilies succession[edit]

In 1894, Carlos's father Alfonso became the Head of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. On marrying his first wife, Carlos renounced his rights of succession to the Crown of Two Sicilies on 14 December 1900. In 1960, Carlos's older brother Ferdinand died without male issue, and Carlos' son Alfonso reclaimed his rights. However, Carlos's younger brother Ranieri objected and also claimed rights based on the renunciation of 1900. The dispute is still not resolved. While most royal houses in Europe recognize the claim of Ranieri's descendants, the Spanish Royal House recognizes the claim of Carlos's descendants.[6]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 10 November 1870 – 7 February 1901: His Royal Highness Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
  • 7 February 1901 – 11 November 1949: His Royal Highness Infante Carlos of Spain, Prince of Bourbon-Two Sicilies





  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Darryl Lundy (4 April 2008). "Carlos Maria François di Borbone, Principe di Borbone delle Due Sicilie". Retrieved 3 October 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Paul Theroff. "Two Sicilies". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Royal Decrees" (PDF). Gaceta de Madrid (in Spanish). Page 555. 8 February 1901. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Carlos of Bourbon Dead in Spain at 79", The New York Times (12 November 1949): 15.
  5. ^ "Infante Don Carlos", The Times (12 November 1949): 7.
  6. ^ Opfell, Olga S. (2001). Royalty Who Wait: The 21 Heads of Formerly Regnant Houses of Europe. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. pp. 37–8. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  7. ^ a b c Boletín Oficial del Estado
  8. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado
  9. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado
  10. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado
  11. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado
  12. ^ Escalafón general del Real Estamento Militar del Principado de Gerona. Girona. 2014. p. 137.
  13. ^ a b Royal Ark

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