Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro

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Prince Carlo
Duke of Castro
Carlo di Borbone (old photo).jpg
Head of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Tenure20 March 2008 – present
PredecessorPrince Ferdinand
Heir apparentPrincess Maria Carolina
Born (1963-02-24) 24 February 1963 (age 55)
Saint-Raphaël, Var, France
Spouse
Camilla Crociani (m. 1998)
IssuePrincess Maria Carolina
Princess Maria Chiara
Full name
Italian: Carlo Maria Bernardo Gennaro di Borbone-Due Sicilie
HouseBourbon-Two Sicilies
FatherPrince Ferdinand, Duke of Castro
MotherChantal 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[edit]

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

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 31 October 1998, Prince Carlo married Camilla Crociani, and they have two children:[2]

  • Princess Maria Carolina, Duchess of Calabria and Palermo (born 2003)
  • Princess Maria Chiara, Duchess of Noto and Capri (born 2005)

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.[3][4] 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.[5]

Honours[edit]

In letters dated 21 July 2017, the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda issued notice that the Duke of Castro's 2014 appointment to the Order of the Nation had been annulled. The appointment of his wife was likewise annulled.[12]

Awards[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Worldroots Archived 28 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Bourbon-Two Sicilies Royal Family
  3. ^ (Disputed) Headship of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies Archived 29 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine. In Defense of (Real) History: Who is the Head of the Royal House of Bourbon of the Two Sicilies? by Luigi Mendola.
  4. ^ [1] The Two Sicilies Succession.
  5. ^ The Succession to the Headship of the Two Sicilies Royal House Archived 11 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ http://news.gov.dm/index.php/news/1951-he-charles-savarin-and-pm-skerrit-awarded-knight-grand-cross-of-merit
  7. ^ a b c constantinian.org.uk, Page in which Carlo's titles and orders are listed
  8. ^ a b GettyImages, Carlo wearing national dynastic and state medals
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ wearing the Necklet of malta
  11. ^ http://www.constantinian.org.uk/chi-magazine-rome-april-2004/
  12. ^ https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/2836491
  13. ^ Independent Catholic News
  14. ^ http://www.realcasadiborbone.it/en/duke-castro-receives-companions-badge-league-mercy/

External links[edit]

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
Incumbent
Heir:
Princess Maria Carolina
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Ferdinand III
— TITULAR —
King of the Two Sicilies
(Castro claimant)

2008 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Italian Unification under the House of Savoy
Incumbent
Heir:
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)

5th position
Succeeded by
Prince Antoine of
Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Line of succession to
the French throne (Legitimist)

c. 25th position
Succeeded by
Adrian de Bourbon