Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon

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Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Duchess of Palermo
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Born (2003-06-23) 23 June 2003 (age 12)
Rome, Italy
Full name
Maria Carolina Chantal Edoarda Beatrice Januaria
Father Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro
Mother Camilla Crociani

Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Palermo (Maria-Carolina Chantal Edoarda Beatrice Januaria; born on 23 June 2003) is the eldest daughter of Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro and Princess Camilla, Duchess of Castro.

Early life[edit]

Princess Maria Carolina was born on 23 June 2003 in Rome, Italy. She is the first member of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies to be born on Italian soil in more than 150 years.

Princess Maria Carolina was baptized at the Palatine Chapel of the Royal Palace of Caserta. Her godparents are Prince Laurent of Belgium, Prince Pierre d'Arenberg, Anna Maria Pisanu (wife of the Italian Home Secretary Giuseppe Pisanu) and Ines Sastre (an actress). She was named after Queen Maria Carolina of Naples and Sicily; who was the wife of King Ferdinand IV and daughter of the Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa and of Francis I of Lorraine. Chantal is for the Princess's paternal grandmother and Edoarda for her maternal grandmother. Beatrice is after her paternal aunt, whilst Januaria is in honour of San Gennaro, the Patron Saint of Naples.

Princess Maria Carolina has a younger sister, Princess Maria Chiara, who was born in 2005. Both Princess Maria Carolina and Princess Maria Chiara live with their parents in Monaco.

Public appearances[edit]

Princess Maria Carolina and her sister attended the baptism of Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine of Denmark in 2011. Their father, Carlo, is one of six godparents to Princess Josephine.

Princess Maria Carolina attended a Planet Solar Ship Return Ceremony, which took place in Monaco on 25 May 2012. Princess Maria Chiara also attended.[1] To celebrate Princess Maria Carolina's ninth birthday, the family went to Capri and then to a former Bourbon palace in Italy.

In January 2014, she and her sister Princess Maria Chiara, along with their parents attended the beatification ceremony of Queen Maria Christina, which took place at Basilica of Santa Chiara in Naples, Italy. [2] In May 2014, Princesses Maria Carolina and Maria Chiara attended the First Holy Communion of Princes Nicolas and Aymeric of Belgium, which took place in Bonlez, Belgium. [3]

Film Début[edit]

In 2014, Princess Maria Carolina made a film début in Grace of Monaco, though she had a small role. [4]


  • 23 June 2003 – 27 January 2014: Her Royal Highness Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
  • 27 January 2014 - present: Her Royal Highness Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Palermo

Her full style is Her Royal Highness Princess Maria Carolina Chantal Edoarda Beatrice Januaria, The Duchess of Palermo, Princess of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.



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