Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Other Dukes of Calabria – Carlo & Camila of Bourbon-Two Sicilies

Carlo & Camila of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Dukes of Calabria, welcomed HOLA Magazine to their new sumptuous residence with sprawling views of Paris' Eiffel Tower.

Carlo is the son of the late Ferdinando, Duke of Castro, and of his late wife Chantal de Chevron-Villette. Ferdinando led a competing claim for the abolished throne of the Two Sicilies, which was incorporated into Italy in 1860 as a result of the unification movement historically known as the Risorgimento, which was led by then King Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoy.

Eventually of the five reigning families that ruled what became modern-day Italy, four lost their thrones: the Bourbons of Parma and the Two Sicilies and the Habsburgs of Tuscany and Modena. Their Savoy cousins, for the Savoyard dynasty was closely related to these four dynasties, overthrew their relations between 1859-1860. By late 1870 even the Papal States were incorporated into a unified Italy under the rule of Vittorio Emanuele.

Carlo Calabria is married to Camilla Crociani, a fabulously rich heiress.


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