Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro

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Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Duke of Castro
Head of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Chief 20 March 2008 – present
Predecessor Prince Ferdinand
Heir apparent Princess Maria Carolina
Born (1963-02-24) 24 February 1963 (age 54)
Saint-Raphaël, France
Spouse Camilla Crociani (m. 1998)
Issue 2
Full name
Italian: Carlo Maria Bernardo Gennaro
House Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Father Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Castro
Mother Chantal de Chevron-Villette

Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro (born 24 February 1963) is a claimant to the headship of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.

Early life and education[edit]

Prince Carlo was born at Saint-Raphaël, Var, France, the only son of Ferdinand, Duke of Castro, and his wife, Chantal de Chevron-Villette.[1]

Claimed headship of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies[edit]

In 2008, Carlo succeeded his father's claim as head of the House of the Two Sicilies. As claimed head of the house, he uses the title Duke of Castro. This claim is disputed by the Spanish branch of the house of the Two Sicilies. As claimant to the headship of the house, he thus also claims to be Sovereign of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George as well as the Royal Order of Francis I.

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 were 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]

In letters dated 21st July 2017, the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda issued notice that the Castro's 2014 appointment to the Order of the Nation had been annulled. The appointment of his wife was likewise annulled. [5]

Personal life[edit]

Prince Carlo is married to Camilla Crociani and has two children: Maria-Carolina (born 23 June 2003) and Maria Chiara (born 1 January 2005).[6]

Titles, styles, honours and awards[edit]


Foreign honours[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 Two Sicilies Royal House
  5. ^
  6. ^ Bourbon-Two Sicilies Royal Family
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b c, Page in which Carlo's titles and orders are listed
  9. ^ a b GettyImages, Carlo wearing national dynastic and state medals
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ wearing the Necklet of malta
  12. ^
  13. ^ Independent Catholic News
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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