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MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCES FOR THE VICTIMS OF NICE

cross_constantinianOn behalf of His family and all the Knights and Dames of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George, H.R.H. Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro, Head of the Royal House and Grand Master of the Dynastic Orders expresses his profound distress to the families of the victim of the terrible events in Nice and shares in the sorrow of the nation of France once again so harshly attacked by barbaric acts aggravated by the cruel death of innocent children.

THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CASTRO VISIT CAMPANIA

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Nola and Naples, 26 and 27 June 2016 – Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro and Grand Master of the Royal House of Bourbon was in Campania for two days of tradition, quality, royal sites and scholarships for the young of the South. The Duke and Duchess, with H.R.H. Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Calabria, H.R.H. Maria Chiara of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Capri and H.R.H. Princess Beatrice of Bourbon Two Sicilies, were greeted with great affection in the lands of the Former Kingdom of the Two Sicilies during two days dense with significance.

SUNDAY 26 June, 10:30 – The Royal family was in Nola for the famous Festival of the Lilies (a UNESCO world heritage site since 2013) at the invitation of the Mayor of Nola, Avv. Geremia Biancardi and the Bishop of Nola, H.E. Mons. Beniamino Depalma. The popular festivities of the city of San Paolino took place in accordance with the Christian tradition that united the rulers of the Bourbon Dynasty to the people of the Two Sicilies. With the birth of the autonomous Kingdom of Naples, Charles of Bourbon sojourned in Nola in 1735 during his voyage to Palermo for his coronation. After 281 years a Bourbon of the Two Sicilies returns to Nola.
Sunday, 26 June, 20:00 – Prince Charles and Princess Camilla of Bourbon, together with their daughters Maria Carolina, Duchess of Calabria and Maria Chiara, Duchess of Capri, visited the splendid Casina Vanvitelliana on Lake Fusaro in Naples, an ancient and prestigious Bourbon site that has hosted numerous emperors and musicians of international renown (from Mozart to Rossini). During a dramatic guided tour by candlelight, accompanied by musicians from the orchestra of the San Carlo Theatre, local authorities presented their Royal Highnesses with the symbolic gift of the keys to the “Casina” to commemorate their “return” to the Phlegrean city.
Monday, 27 June, 10:30 – Their Royal Highnesses enjoyed a private tour of the Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro on Via Duomo, in the historical center of Naples.
On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Charles of Bourbon (1716-2016), the Duke of Castro sponsored the granting of several scholarships to high schools and universities of the South to carry out research on the history of the Two Sicilies during this important time of rediscovery and dissemination of the many historical truths that have for far too long been cancelled from official histories.

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CONFERRAL OF THE ROYAL ORDER OF FRANCIS TO NOBEL PRIZE WINNER RIGOBERTA MENCHU’ TUM


consegna decreto di nominaMonday, 10 June, 2016 –
H.R.H. Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro and Grand Master of the Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies conferred the award of the Royal Order of Francis I upon the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Rigoberta Menchu for her important role as activist in Guatemalan politics. All guests were present for the Ceremony and for the international premiere of the film “Daughter of the Maya”. The Royal Order of Francis I is conferred upon individuals who distinguish themselves in the field of sciences, the arts and diplomacy. Others who have received the award in the past include 14 Heads of State and numerous Cardinals: the Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon, the Head of the UN Women for Peace Association.

 

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PRESS RELEASE – NEW RULES OF SUCCESSION

Annuncio di Sua Altezza RealeDuring the Holy Mass in the Saint Peter Basilica on May 14 2016, during the International Pilgrimage of the Constantinian Order of Saint George, His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro, Head of the Royal House, accepting the invitation of His Eminence the Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino to speak, makes public his decision to change the rules of succession which have thus far been in force in the House of Bourbon Two Sicilies in order to make them compatible with international and European law, which prohibits any discrimination between men and women, not only in the enjoyment of their rights and freedoms but also in the exercise of public office of any kind.

 

The rule of absolute primogeniture will henceforth apply to his direct descendants.

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CONFIRMATION OF THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES PRINCESSES MARIA CAROLINA AND MARIA CHIARA OF BOURBON TWO SICILIES

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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.

 

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RECEPTION IN HONOUR OF H.E. THE PRESIDENT OF HUNGARY

London, 24th May 2016.  The Delegation for Great Britain and Ireland held a reception in honour of His Excellency János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary, to celebrate an important ecumenical event in England involving the return of the Relics of Saint Thomas Becket from Esztergom, Hungary, to London and Canterbury between the 23rd and 29th May 2016.

The reception, which will be attended by T.R.H. Prince Charles and Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke and Duchess of Castro, will be hosted by the Delegate, His Excellency Sir Anthony Bailey on Tuesday, 24th May 2016 at Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, London.

The Relics of Saint Thomas Becket are kept in Esztergom, seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of the Church in Hungary.  The ‘Peregrinatio’ of these Relics highlights the Christian roots, the spiritual connection with England, and the wider historical ties between the United Kingdom and Hungary.  The reception will also be attended by His Eminence Cardinal Péter Erdö, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and Primate of Hungary.

The weekly programme of events will include a Holy Mass and religious ceremonies to be held in the Cathedral of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, in Parliament and a ‘Peregrinatio’ in Canterbury Cathedral through the Cathedral of Rochester.  This joint initiative brings together the Roman Catholic Church of England and Wales with the Church of England and gives a chance to the faithful to venerate the Relics of Saint Thomas Becket for the first time in England after more than 800 years.

The Grand Magistry urges Knights and Dames to take part in this key event organized by the Delegation for the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The Constantinian Order has had longstanding relations with Hungary and was officially recognized by the Hungarian government in 2011 with a decree issued by the President of the Republic.

 

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H.R.H. PRINCESS CAMILLA OF BOURBON TWO SICILIES, DUCHESS OF CASTRO, AT THE 2016 “PRIX DES PRINCES” FOR LITERATURE

Paris, April 2016.  H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, one of the judges of the Second Edition of the “Prix des Princes” for Literature, contributed in selecting the winner of  the prestigious prize for which three literary works had been shortlisted.

Later on, a splendid dinner was organized by H.R.H. the Duchess of Castro in honour of the winner, Mme Sylvie Yvert.

H.R.H. PRINCE CHARLES OF BOURBON TWO SICILIES, DUKE OF CASTRO, IN NAPLES FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF SAINT GEORGE

Naples, 23rd – 24th April 2016.  H.R.H. Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro and Grand Master of the Constantinian Order, went to visit Naples to attend the solemnity of Saint George the Martyr, Patron of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George.

The 23rd April was an eventful and busy day for H.R.H. Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies who, accompanied by the Delegate for Naples and Campania, Marquis Don Pierluigi Sanfelice di Bagnoli, visited the city of Pompei.

Afterwards, H.R.H. Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies visited and inaugurated the Pompei Polyclinic, one of the “social voluntary” units which is most responsive to the needs of the region.

At 6 p.m., a solemn Eucharistic Ceremony with the Investiture Rite of new Knights and Dames was held at the Constantinian Pontifical Basilica of San Francesco da Paola.  The ceremony was presided over by the Prior of the Delegation, the Most Reverend Father Damiano La Rosa, Ecclesiastical Knight Commander of Grace.

On Sunday, 24th April, at 11.45, he visited the Basilica of Santa Lucia a Mare where H.R.H. Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies hosted a lunch for the poorer members of the community of Pallonetto Santa Lucia and, through the Constantinian Order, was “actually near” a poor family of Pallonetto and hand over a cheque to Father Giuseppe Carmelo for the purchase of an iron door.

H.E. the Grand Inquisitor, Don Fabrizio Cononna of the Princes of Paliano was also present during these two very busy and eventful days.

HONORAY DOCTORATE CONFERRED TO PRINCESS CAMILLA OF BOURBON TWO SICILIES, DUCHESS OF CASTRO

Milan, 16th April 2016.  H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Siciles, Duchess of Castro, has received an Honorary Doctorate at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart , Milan, from the Instituto Mexicano de Lideres de Excelencia and an Honorary Doctorate from the Universidad Instituto Americano Cultural S.C.

This important international award is given to people who distinguish themselves in the field of Science, Art and Culture and who work towards reducing social inequalities.

 

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H.E. AMEENAH GURIB-FAKIM, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS, IS AWARDED THE ROYAL ORDER OF FRANCIS I

Paris, 28th March 2016.  H.R.H. Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro and Grand Master of the Dynastic Orders of the House of Bourbon, privately bestowed the high honour of the Royal Order of Francis I with grade of Dame Grand Cross to H.E. the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, GCSK, CSK, PhD.

The Royal Order of Francis I was founded in 1829 by His Majesty King Francis I to reward civil merit to those who distinguished themselves in the arts and science and for special merits acquired by virtue of their unique commitment in the defence of human rights.

H.E. the President of the Republic of Mauritius, through her important role and for the work carried out as a Biodiversity scientist, has unveiled the nutritive values present in the plants of her island, a discovery that has led to innovations in the fields of medicine and nutrition.

This award event was attended by various Authorities.

 

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