Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon

Princess Maria Carolina
Princess of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Duchess of Calabria
Duchess of Palermo
Born (2003-06-23) 23 June 2003
Rome, Italy
Full name
Maria Carolina Chantal Edoarda Beatrice Januaria
House Bourbon-Two Sicilies
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

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 Chantal de Chevron-Villette and Edoarda for her maternal grandmother. Beatrice is after her paternal aunt Princess Béatrice of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, 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

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 also with Princes Nicolas and Aymeric of Belgium, which took place in Bonlez, Belgium.[3]

On May 14, 2016, a holy mass was celebrated by His Most Reverend Eminence Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino during the Second International Pilgrimage at the Altar of the Basilica of St. Peter.

During the solemn ceremony Their Royal Highnesses, Princess Maria Carolina and Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon Two Sicilies, received the Sacrament of Confirmation in the presence of almost a thousand knights and dames of the Dynastic Orders of the House of Bourbon Two Sicilies.

The godfathers for Their Royal Highnesses were His Imperial Highness Prince Napoléon Bonaparte for Princess Maria Carolina and His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Martino d’Asburgo-Este for Princess Maria Chiara. Princess Maria Carolina and her sister Princess Maria Chiara have been supporting as Ambassadors the project "Passion Sea" since November 2015.[4]

Film Début

In 2014, Princess Maria Carolina made a film début in Grace of Monaco, though she had a small role.[5]


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



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