Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro

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Prince Carlo
Duke of Castro
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Head of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Pretendence 20 March 2008 – present
Predecessor Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Castro
Heir apparent Princess Maria Carolina
Born (1963-02-24) 24 February 1963 (age 54)
Saint-Raphaël, France
Spouse Camilla Crociani (m. 1998)
Issue Princess Maria Carolina, Duchess of Calabria
Princess Maria Chiara, Duchess of Capri
Full name
Italian: Carlo Maria Bernardo Gennaro
House Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Father Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Castro
Mother Chantal de Chevron-Villette
House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
COA Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.PNG
Charles VII of Naples and V of Sicily
Princess Maria Josefa
Maria Luisa, Holy Roman Empress
Infante Philip, Duke of Calabria
Charles IV of Spain
Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies
Principe Gabriele
Principe Antonio Pasquale
Principe Francesco Saverio
Ferdinand I
Maria Theresa, Holy Roman Empress
Maria Luisa, Grand Duchess of Tuscany
Prince Carlo Tito, Duke of Calabria
Princess Maria Anna
Francis I of the Two Sicilies
Maria Cristina, Queen of Sardinia
Princess Maria Cristina Amelia
Prince Gennaro
Prince Giuseppe
Maria Amalia, Queen of the French
Maria Antonia, Princess of Asturias
Princess Maria Clotilde
Princess Maria Henrietta
Leopoldo, Prince of Salerno
Prince Alberto
Princess Maria Isabella
Francesco I
Princess Caroline, Duchess of Berry
Prince Ferdinand
Princess Luisa Carlotta, Infanta of Spain
Maria Christina, Queen of Spain
Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies
Charles Ferdinand, Prince of Capua
Prince Leopold, Count of Syracuse
Maria Antonia, Grand Duchess of Tuscany
Prince Antonio, Count of Lecce
Princess Maria Amalia
Princess Maria Carolina, Countess of Montemolin
Teresa Cristina, Empress of Brazil
Prince Louis, Count of Aquila
Prince Francis, Count of Trapani
Ferdinand II
Francis II of the Two Sicilies
Prince Louis, Count of Trani
Prince Albert Maria, Count of Castrogiovanni
Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta
Maria Annunciata, Archduchess Charles Louis of Austria
Maria Immaculata, Archduchess Karl Salvator of Austria
Prince Gaetan, Count of Girgenti
Prince Giuseppe, Count of Lucera
Maria Pia, Duchess of Parma
Prince Vincenzo, Count of Melazzo
Prince Pasquale, Count of Bari
Maria Luisa, Countess of Bardi
Prince Januarius, Count of Caltagirone
Francis II
Princess Cristina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Prince Ferdinand Pius, Duke of Calabria
Prince Carlos
Prince Francesco di Paola
Princess Maria Immacolata
Princess Maria Cristina
Princess Maria delle Grazie
Princess Maria Giuseppina
Prince Gennaro
Prince Ranieri, Duke of Castro
Prince Filippo
Prince Francesco d'Assisi
Prince Gabriel
Ferdinando Pio
Princess Maria Antonietta
Princess Maria Cristina
Prince Ruggiero Maria, Duke of Noto
Princess Barbara
Princess Lucia, Duchess of Genoa
Princess Urraca

Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro (born 24 February 1963) is one of two claimants to the headship of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, and thus also as Grand Master of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George as well as the Royal Order of Francis I.

Styles of
Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies,
Duke of Castro
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir

Early life and education[edit]

Carlo was born at Saint-Raphaël, Var, France, the only son of Ferdinand, Duke of Castro, and his wife, Chantal de Chevron-Villette.[1] He was baptised in France with the names Charles Marie Bernarde Gennaro. He generally uses the Italian form of his name Carlo.

Carlo was educated at the Institute of the Marist Fathers at Toulon, France. He went on to study at a namesake of the Collège Stanislas de Paris located in Nice, France. After studying at an international university in Paris, he spent three years working for a public relations firm in Manhattan. He is fluent in Italian, French and English.

Headship of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies[edit]

In 2008, Carlo succeeded his father as claimant to the headship of the House of the Two Sicilies. As head of the house, he uses the title Duke of Castro.

Carlo's supporters state that since his grandfather's brother Infante Carlos renounced his rights and those of his successors to succession to the throne of the Two Sicilies in 1900, the headship of the house passed to Carlo's grandfather Ranieri, Duke of Castro, then to Carlo's father Ferdinand, Duke of Castro, and most recently to Carlo.[2][3] Infante Carlos's claims to be the Duke of Calabria and head of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies are recognized by the previous Spanish King Juan Carlos of Spain, while the other royal families (and all other Bourbon-Two Sicilies members) recognize the Castro claim.[4]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Carlo is married to Camilla Crociani.[5]

They have two children:[5]

Royal Godfather[edit]

On 14 April 2011, the Duke and Duchess of Castro attended the joint christening of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark's twin children, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine at the chapel of the Church of Holmen in Copenhagen, Denmark. Carlo is one of six godparents to Princess Josephine. The Duke of Castro is also a godfather of Prince Gaston of Orléans.

Titles, styles, honours and awards[edit]


  • 24 February 1963 - 13 January 1973: His Royal Highness Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Noto
  • 13 January 1973 – 20 March 2008: His Royal Highness Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Calabria
  • 20 March 2008 – Present: His Royal Highness Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, 10th Duke of Castro[6]


National honours[edit]

National dynastic honours[edit]
National state honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]


National awards[edit]

Foreign awards[edit]





  1. ^ Worldroots
  2. ^ (Disputed) Headship of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies In Defense of (Real) History: Who is the Head of the Royal House of Bourbon of the Two Sicilies? by Luigi Mendola.
  3. ^ [1] The Two Sicilies Succession.
  4. ^ The Succession to the Headship of the The Two Sicilies Royal House
  5. ^ a b Bourbon-Two Sicilies Royal Family
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y, Page in which Carlo's titles and orders are listed
  7. ^ a b c d GettyImages, Carlo wearing national dynastic and state medals
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  9. ^ Carlo wearing the grand cross set of Januarius
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  11. ^ "Le Onorificenze". Website: Presidenza Della Repubblica (in Italian). Office of the President of the Italian Republic. 1 May 2011. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2011. BORBONE DELLE DUE SICILIE S.A.R. il Principe Carlo, Cavaliere di Gran Croce Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, Data del conferimento: 29 July 1996. English Translation: Borbon of the Two Sicilies, H.R.H. The Prince Carlo, Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Date conferred: 29 July 1996. 
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Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro
Cadet branch of the House of Bourbon
Born: 24 February 1963
Italian nobility
Preceded by
Prince Ferdinand
Duke of Castro
20 March 2008 – present
Princess Maria Carolina
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Ferdinand III
King of the Two Sicilies
(Castro claimant)

2008 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Italian Unification under the House of Savoy
Princess Maria Carolina, Duchess of Calabria
Preceded by
Prince Pedro of
Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Line of succession to the
throne of the Two Sicilies
(Calabria line)

6th position
Succeeded by
Prince Antoine of
Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Line of succession to
the French throne (Legitimist)

c. 26th position
Succeeded by
Adrian de Bourbon