Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro
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|Duke of Castro|
|Head of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies|
|Tenure||20 March 2008 – present|
|Heir apparent||Princess Maria Carolina|
|Born||24 February 1963|
Saint-Raphaël, Var, France
Camilla Crociani (m. 1998)
|Issue||Princess Maria Carolina|
Princess Maria Chiara
|Father||Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Castro|
|Mother||Chantal de Chevron-Villette|
HRH Princess Maria del Carmen
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.
Marriage and issue
On 31 October 1998, Prince Carlo married Camilla Crociani, and they have two children:
- 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
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. 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.
- Dominica: Meritorious Service award
- Italy: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
- Sovereign Military Order of Malta: Bailiff Knight Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, 3rd First Class
- Syria: Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit
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.
- United Kingdom: Freedom of the City of London
- United Kingdom: Companion of the Order of Mercy
|Ancestors of Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro|
- Worldroots Archived 28 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
- Bourbon-Two Sicilies Royal Family
- (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.
-  The Two Sicilies Succession.
- The Succession to the Headship of the Two Sicilies Royal House Archived 11 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
- constantinian.org.uk, Page in which Carlo's titles and orders are listed
- GettyImages, Carlo wearing national dynastic and state medals
- "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.
- wearing the Necklet of malta
- Independent Catholic News
- Official Website of the Royal House of Bourbon Two Siciilies
- Official Website of the Grand Magistry of the Constantinian Order
- Official Website of the British and Irish Delegation of the Constantinian Order
Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro
Cadet branch of the House of BourbonBorn: 24 February 1963
| Duke of Castro
20 March 2008 – present
Princess Maria Carolina
|Titles in pretence|
|— TITULAR —
King of the Two Sicilies
2008 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Italian Unification under the House of Savoy
Princess Maria Carolina, Duchess of Calabria
Prince Pedro of
| Line of succession to the
throne of the Two Sicilies (Calabria line)
Prince Antoine of
| Line of succession to
the French throne (Legitimist)
c. 25th position
Adrian de Bourbon