Prince Charles of Luxembourg

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Prince Charles
Born (1927-08-07)7 August 1927
Berg Castle
Died 26 July 1977(1977-07-26) (aged 49)
Imbarcati, Pistoia
Spouse Joan Douglas Dillon
Issue Princess Charlotte
Prince Robert
House House of Bourbon-Parma
House of Nassau-Weilburg
Father Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma
Mother Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
Religion Catholicism

Prince Charles of Luxembourg, Prince of Bourbon-Parma and Nassau (Charles Frédéric Louis Guillaume Marie; 7 August 1927 in Berg Castle – 26 July 1977 in Imbarcati, Pistoia), was a younger son of Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma.[1]


He grew up at his mother's court in Luxembourg, completing secondary school in Canada. After World War II he undertook studies in Louvain, then at the Royal Military Academy at Aldershot.[1]


After university, he returned to Luxembourg, where he worked to address national economic and social issues.[1]

He inherited from his father Pianore, an estate held by the Bourbon-Parma family in Italy.[1]

Marriage and family[edit]

He married at St. Edward's, in Sutton Park, Guildford, Surrey, on 1 March 1967 Joan Douglas Dillon, daughter of U.S. Treasury Secretary C. Douglas Dillon and wife Phyllis Chess Ellsworth.[1] As an unprecedented marriage between a prince of Luxembourg's reigning family and a commoner, Charles's brother, Grand Duke Jean, issued a decree to authorize the union as dynastic on 16 February 1967.[2][1]

Joan Dillon married firstly in Paris on 1 August 1953 James Brady Moseley (New York City, New York, 22 May 1931 – Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, 9 April 1998), son of Boston investment banker Frederick S. Moseley, Jr. and wife Jane H. Brady. They were divorced in Washoe County, Nevada, on 12 December 1955; later the marriage was annulled in Rome on 22 June 1963.[2]

After her second husband's death she married thirdly in Islesboro, Maine, on 3 August 1978 Philippe-François-Armand-Marie, 7th duc de Mouchy, without issue.[2]


Prince Charles and his wife Joan Dillon had two children, who are also princes of Luxembourg and Nassau:[2]



  1. ^ a b c d e f de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery. Paris. 2002. pp. 666-668, 667-678 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  2. ^ a b c d e Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XVIII. "Luxembourg". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2007, pp. 79-80, 83-84, 449-450. (German). ISBN 978-3-7980-0841-0.

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