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Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma
Prince of Piacenza
Duke of Madrid
Issue
Carlos Klynstra
Full name
Carlos Xavier Bernardo Sixto Marie
House House of Bourbon-Parma
Father Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma
Mother Princess Irene of the Netherlands
Born 27 January 1970 (1970-01-27) (age 39)
Nijmegen

Ducal Family of Parma
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Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, Prince of Piacenza, Duke of Madrid (born 27 January 1970) is the eldest child of Princess Irene of the Netherlands and Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma. He is the current heir apparent to the headship of the House of Bourbon-Parma.

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Early life

Prince Carlos was born in Nijmegen in the Netherlands. He has two younger sisters Princess Margarita and Princess Carolina, and one younger brother Prince Jaime. Carlos spent his youth in several countries including the Netherlands, Spain, France, England, and the United States. In 1981, when he was eleven, his parents decided to divorce. Together with his mother and her siblings he then moved to the Soestdijk Palace (Baarn), the then residence of the queen of the Netherlands. He lived at the palace for a number of years with his grandparents, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and Prince Consort Bernhard.

Education and career

Carlos studied political sciences at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and demography and philosophy at Cambridge University.

After completing his studies Carlos worked for the company ABN AMRO in Amsterdam, where he was involved with the preparations for the introduction of the euro. He then worked for a while in Brussels as a public affairs consultant for the company European Public Policy Advisors (EPPA). Since 2007 he is engaged in projects concerning sustainability in the business world.

Royal representative assignments

Carlos is sometimes present at representative occasions concerning the royal house of the Netherlands. In 2003 he was involved, together with his aunt Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, in the inauguration of the "Prince Claus Leerstoel". This is a professorship named after Prince Claus of the Netherlands, the late Prince Consort and husband of the present reigning queen Beatrix. During special events of the royal house he is regularly present. For example he was one of the organizers of the wedding celebration of Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands.

Ennoblement

Royal styles of
Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma

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Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir

Already a ducal prince from birth, his father bestowed the substantive title Principe di Piacenza (Prince of Piacenza) upon him on 2 September 1996 [1], as well later on the Carlist title Duque de Madrid (Duke of Madrid) on 28 September 2003.[2] The Madrid title, as well as the Piacenza title mentioned in the article's name were bestowed on him by his father in his pretended capacity as Duke of Parma and Carlist King of Spain. These titles are not generally recognized as they are bestowments by a sovereign in pretence. In 1996 however, the Prince was incorporated into the Dutch Nobility by Queen Beatrix, with the highest noble title Prins de Bourbon de Parme (Prince of Bourbon-Parma) [3] and styled Zijne Koninklijke Hoogheid (His Royal Highness). He doesn't officially belong either to the House of Orange-Nassau or the Dutch Royal House. As a grandson of Queen Juliana and nephew of the present Queen Beatrix, he is, however, still a member of the extended Dutch Royal Family.

Personal life

Prince Carlos has an illegitimate son, named Carlos Klynstra. The child was born during his affair with Brigitte Klynstra, the stepdaughter of Count Adolph van Rechteren Limpurg, Lord of Enghuizen. Although he does not deny that the child is his, he does not recognize him legally.

On October 7, 2009 it became known that prince Carlos will marry Annemarie Gualthérie van Weezel in 2010.

Annemarie Cecilia Gualthérie van Weezel (born The Hague, 18 December 1977) is the daughter of Hans Gualthérie van Weezel and Ank de Visser. Her father was subsequently member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands for the Christian Democratic party, member of the European Council in Strasbourg, and the Dutch ambassador in Luxembourg. Gualthérie van Weezel’s paternal grandfather is Jan Hans Gualthérie van Weezel, who was the head of the police in The Hague and member of the Dutch resistance during second World War. Annemarie Gualthérie van Weezel went to secundairy school in Strasbourg (France) and obtained a LLM degree at the University of Utrecht. Subsequently she performed a post-graduate study Radio- and Television journalism at the University of Groningen. Gualthérie van Weezel works as a parlamentary journalist in The Hague and Brussels for the Dutch public channel NOS. In Brussel she met Prince Carlos for the first time.

Due his unequal and non-dynastic marriage, Prince Carlos will lose his succession's right to the headship of the ducal house.

Ancestry

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Carlos, Prince of Piacenza
Born: 27 January 1970
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma
Line of succession to the throne of Parma
1st position
Succeeded by
Prince Jaime, Count of Bardi
Carlist Line of succession to the Spanish throne
1st position
Legitimist line of succession to the French throne
35th position
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