Prince Carlos, Duke of Parma

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Duke of Parma
Head of the House of Bourbon-Parma
Period 18 August 2010 – present
Predecessor Carlos Hugo
Heir Apparent Hereditary Prince Carlos
Born (1970-01-27) 27 January 1970 (age 47)
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Spouse Annemarie Gualthérie van Weezel (m. 2010)
Issue Princess Luisa
Princess Cecilia
Carlos, Hereditary Prince of Parma
Full name
Carlos Xavier Bernardo Sixto Marie
House Bourbon-Parma
Father Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma
Mother Princess Irene of the Netherlands
Religion Roman Catholicism

Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, Duke of Parma and Piacenza[a][1] (born 27 January 1970) is the current head of the House of Bourbon-Parma, as well a member of the Dutch Royal Family. He is the uncontested traditional claimant to the defunct throne of the Duchy of Parma under the name Carlo V[1] (English: Charles V), and is a contested pretender to the Carlist claim to the throne of Spain under the name Carlos Javier II (English: Charles Xavier II).[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Carlos was born in Nijmegen in the Netherlands as the eldest child of the late Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma and Princess Irene of the Netherlands. He has two younger sisters Princess Margarita and Princess Carolina, and one younger brother Prince Jaime. Carlos spent his youth in several countries including the Netherlands, Spain, France, England, and the United States. In 1981, when he was eleven, his parents divorced. Together with his mother and his siblings he then moved to Soestdijk Palace (Baarn) in the Netherlands. He lived at the palace for a number of years with his grandparents, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.

Education and career[edit]

Carlos studied political sciences at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and demography and philosophy at Cambridge University in England.

After completing his studies Carlos worked for the company ABN AMRO in Amsterdam, where he was involved with preparations for the introduction of the euro. He then worked for a while in Brussels as a public affairs consultant for the company European Public Policy Advisors (EPPA). Since 2007 he has been engaged in projects concerning sustainability in the business world.

Dutch royal house[edit]

Carlos is sometimes present at representative occasions concerning the royal house of the Netherlands. In 2003 he was involved, together with his aunt, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, in the inauguration of the "Prince Claus Leerstoel", a professorship named after the former queen's consort, Prince Claus of the Netherlands. During special events of the royal house he is regularly present. For example, he was one of the organizers of the wedding celebration of Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands.

Personal life[edit]

Relationship with Brigitte Klynstra and son[edit]

Prince Carlos had a relationship with Brigitte Klynstra (born 10 January 1959), the stepdaughter of Count Adolph van Rechteren Limpurg. During this relationship he fathered a son: Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren Klynstra (born 20 January 1997 in Nijmegen). In December 2015, the then 18-year-old Carlos Klynstra started the legal procedure to attempt to change his surname to that of his biological father which would also allow him to use the title of "Prince".[4] the Duke of Parma opposed this on the basis that it was in contravention of the traditions of the House of Bourbon-Parma. On the 9th of March 2016 the Minister of Security and Justice declared his request valid.[5] Later that year a court in The Hague concurred with the minister in declaring the claim valid.[6]

If Carlos Hugo were to succeed in this procedure he would then be legitimised and would be entitled to be known as His Royal Highness Prince Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren de Bourbon de Parme.

Marriage with Annemarie Gualthérie van Weezel[edit]

On 7 October 2009 it was announced through his mother's private secretary that Prince Carlos would marry Annemarie Cecilia Gualthérie van Weezel. The civil marriage took place on 12 June 2010 at Wijk bij Duurstede. The church wedding was to have taken place at the La Cambre Abbey in Ixelles on 28 August, but it was postponed owing to his father's illness. Prince Carlos Hugo died shortly afterwards.[citation needed]

Annemarie (born The Hague, 18 December 1977) is the daughter of Johan (Hans) Stephan Leonard Gualthérie van Weezel and Ank de Visser (The de Visser belong to the Dutch patriciate). Her father was a member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands for the Christian Democratic party, the Dutch ambassador to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, and the ambassador in Luxembourg. Gualthérie van Weezel's paternal grandfather is Jan Hans Gualthérie van Weezel, who was the head of the police in The Hague and member of the Dutch resistance during the Second World War. Annemarie Gualthérie van Weezel went to secondary school in Strasbourg and obtained a Master of Laws degree at the University of Utrecht. Subsequently she completed a post-graduate study in Radio- and Television journalism at the University of Groningen. Gualthérie van Weezel works as a parliamentary journalist in The Hague and Brussels for the Dutch public channel NOS. In Brussels, she met Prince Carlos for the first time.

On 2 August 2010, it was revealed that the health of his father, the Duke of Parma, was quickly deteriorating due to cancer. As a consequence, the church wedding of the prince Carlos and his fiancée was delayed.In a final announcement about his condition, the Duke confirmed Carlos as the next Head of the House of Bourbon-Parma.[7] Just before his death the Duke of Parma named Annemarie as Countess of Molina.[8] Prince Carlos's father died on 18 August 2010 in Barcelona, Spain, at the age of 80; Carlos subsequently became the next head of the House of Bourbon-Parma.

The new Duke of Parma and Annemarie were married on 20 November 2010 in La Cambre Abbey.[9] Together they have two daughters: Luisa, born on 9 May 2012 in The Hague and Cecilia, born 17 October 2013 in The Hague; and a son: Carlos, born 24 April 2016.

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Styles of
Carlos, Duke of Parma
Coat of arms of the House of Bourbon-Parma.svg
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 27 January 1970 – 7 May 1977: His Royal Highness Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma
  • 7 May 1977 – 18 August 2010: His Royal Highness The Hereditary Prince of Parma
  • 18 August 2010 – Present: His Royal Highness The Duke of Parma and Piacenza[1]
    • Officially in the Netherlands: 15 May 1996 – Present: His Royal Highness Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme


National honours[edit]

International honours[edit]

International sovereign organisations[edit]

Dynastic orders[edit]



  1. ^ "Duke of Parma and Piacenza" is the extended and more formal title of the duke


  1. ^ a b c LL.AA.RR. Il Duca e la Duchessa di Parma e Piacenza – Website of the Royal and Ducal House of Bourbon-Parma (Italian)
  2. ^ Mensaje al Pueblo Carlista de S.M.C. Don Carlos Javier II de Borbón, Rey de Las Españasblogspot El Carlismo contra Globalizatión (Spanish)
  3. ^ El primogénito de Carlos Hugo de Borbón – Nuevo pretendiente carlista a la corona de España – website news agency Europa Press (Spanish)
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  5. ^ "Bezwaarschrift prins Carlos afgewezen". Blauw Bloed (in Dutch). Retrieved 2016-03-14. 
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  7. ^ News of the House of Parma (in Spanish) Archived 5 February 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Interview in the French magazine Point de Vue, edition 13–20 October 2010: Carlos & Annemarie de Bourbon de Parme, Les amoureux de Parme
  9. ^ "Maxima shares Prince Carlos' joy as he weds his princess-bride". Hello Magazine. 24 November 2010. 
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  16. ^ "Ordine al Merito Militare di San Giorgio di Lucca". Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
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  19. ^ "Carlos, Duke of Parma and Annemarie Gualthérie van Weezel leave...". Getty Images. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
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Prince Carlos, Duke of Parma
Born: 27 January 1970
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Carlos Hugo
Duke of Parma
2010 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Annexed by Kingdom of Italy
Hereditary Prince Carlos
King of Spain
Reason for succession failure:
Carlist heir
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Prince Alessandro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Legitimist line of succession to the French throne
39th position
Succeeded by
Hereditary Prince Carlos