Princess Anne, Duchess of Calabria

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Princess Anne d'Orléans
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With her husband at a Mass of the Constantinian Order in Barcelona
Born (1938-12-04) 4 December 1938 (age 80)
Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Belgium[1]
Spouse
IssuePrincess Cristina
María, Archduchess Simeon of Austria
Prince Pedro
Princess Inés
Princess Victoria
Full name
French: Anne Marguerite Brigitte Marie
HouseOrléans
FatherPrince Henri d'Orléans, Count of Paris
MotherPrincess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza
ReligionRoman Catholicism
French royal family
Orléanist
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Princess Anne of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Dowager Duchess of Calabria[1] (née Princess Anne d'Orléans; born 4 December 1938) is the widow of Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria.[1] She is the third daughter and fifth child[1] of Prince Henri, Count of Paris (1908–1999), Orléanist claimant to the defunct French throne,[2] and his wife Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza (1911–2003).[1]

Life[edit]

Marriage[edit]

On 12 May 1965, at Dreux, France, Princess Anne married Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Calabria (1938–2015), one of the two claimants to be Head of the Royal House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.[1][3] The bride wore a Balmain silk gown of Lyonnaise lace, embroidered with fleurs de lys.[4]

Infante Carlos was the son of Infante Alfonso of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Calabria (1901–1964) and Princess Alice of Bourbon-Parma (1917–2017). Though they had known each other since childhood, their romantic relationship began in Athens, in 1962, at the wedding of the future King Juan Carlos of Spain to Princess Sophia of Greece, at which Princess Anne was a bridesmaid.[3] The Duke and Duchess of Calabria lived in Spain.[3]

Issue[edit]

The Duke and Duchess of Calabria had five children:[1]

  • Princess Cristina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (born 15 March 1966 in Madrid), married Pedro López-Quesada y Fernández-Urrutia (born 26 July 1964 in Madrid), cousin of Queen Fabiola of Belgium), on 15 July 1994 in Ciudad Real. They have two children:
    • Victoria López-Quesada y de Borbón-Dos Sicilias (born 17 January 1997 in Madrid)
    • Pedro López-Quesada y de Bórbon-Dos Sicilias (born in 2003)
  • Princess María of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (born 5 April 1967 in Madrid), married Archduke Simeon of Austria (born 29 June 1958 in Katana), son of Archduke Rudolf of Austria and Countess Xenia Czernichev-Besobrasov, on 13 July 1996 in La Toledana. They have five children.
  • Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Calabria (born 16 October 1968 in Madrid), married Sofía Landaluce y Melgarejo (born 23 November 1973 in Madrid), daughter of José Manuel Landaluce y Domínguez and María de las Nieves Blanca Melgarejo y González (granddaughter of the Duke of San Fernando de Quiroga), on 30 March 2001 in Madrid. They have seven children.
  • Princess Inès María of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (born 20 April 1971 in Madrid), married Nobile Michele Carrelli Palombi dei Marchesi di Raiano (born 17 September 1965 in Rome), son of Nobile Arturo Carrelli Palombi dei Marchesi di Raiano and Patrizia Santoni, on 13 October 2001 in Toledo. They have two daughters:
    • Nobile Teresa Carrelli Palombi dei Marchesi di Raiano (born 6 December 2003 in Rome)
    • Nobile Blanca Carrelli Palombi dei Marchesi di Raiano (born 11 December 2005 in Rome)
  • Princess Victoria of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (born 24 May 1976 in Madrid), married Markos Nomikos (born 29 October 1965 in Kifissia) on 27 September 2003. They have four children:
    • Anastasios Nomikos (born 27 May 2005 in Athens)
    • Carlos Nomikos (born 22 September 2008)
    • Simeon Nomikos (born 20 December 2012)
    • Ana Nomikos (born August 2006)

Honours[edit]

Arms[edit]

Ancestors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Darryl Lundy (10 March 2007). "Anne Marguerite Brigitte Marie d'Orléans, Princesse d'Orléans". ThePeerage.com. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  2. ^ "Milestones: May 21, 1965". Time. 1965-05-21. Retrieved 2011-06-05. Married. Princess Anne of France, 26, daughter of the Count of Paris, Bourbon pretender to the French throne; and Prince Carlos de Bourbon, 27, man-about-Madrid, her tenth cousin, himself a disputed minor pretender to the Spanish throne; in Dreux, France.
  3. ^ a b c Kamm, Henry (13 May 1965), "French Princess Wed To Spaniard", The New York Times, Dreux
  4. ^ "Anne de France, duchesse de Calabre". Mariees du Gotha. Archived from the original on 2015-05-09.
  5. ^ Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George (2008). "Membership of the Constantinian Order". Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2008-10-13. External link in |publisher= (help)
Princess Anne, Duchess of Calabria
Cadet branch of the House of Bourbon
Born: 4 December 1938
Italian nobility
Preceded by
Princess Alicia of Bourbon-Parma
Duchess consort of Calabria
12 May 1965 – 5 October 2015
Succeeded by
Sofía Landaluce y Melgarejo
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Princess Alicia of Bourbon-Parma
— TITULAR —
Queen consort of the Two Sicilies
12 May 1965 – 5 October 2015
Reason for succession failure:
Italian Unification under the House of Savoy
Succeeded by
Sofía Landaluce y Melgarejo