Embassy of Italy to Spain – Madrid, Saturday, 3 December 2016. H.R.H. Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro, Grand Master of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George and Head of the Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies, accompanied by H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro, conferred the order of Knight of Grand Cross of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George upon H.E. the Italian Ambassador to Spain, Stefano Sannino.
H.R.H. Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro, Grand Master of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George and Head of the Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies, accompanied by his spouse H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies visited the exhibit “Virtute et Merito” organized in honor of King Charles III.
The Duke and Duchess arrived in Madrid accompanied by their daughters, Princess Maria Carolina, Duchess of Calabria and Palermo and Princess Maria Chiara, Duchess of Capri. They visited the most historical and fascinating sites of the city connected with the figure of King Charles III such as the Parco del Ritiro, the Botanical Gardens, the Fountain of Cybele and Neptune and the Puerta de Alcalà.
The Duke of Castro was very moved as he spoke of the many places in splendid Madrid that recalled historical periods linked to his family.
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Paris, October 18, 2016 – Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke and Duchess of Castro, attended the ceremony for the conferral of the Prince Louis de Polignac Foundation annual awards for excellence in culture and the arts.
The event is sponsored by H.R.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. This year the ceremony was held in the Simone and Cino del Duca Foundation in Paris. Also present were the Chancellor of the French Institute, Monsieur Gabriel de Broglie, and the President and co-founder, Madame Irene Daurelle.
Prince Louis de Polignac, godfather of H.R.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, who was present for the event, created the organization in 1997 to confer a medal of honor to French scholars and experts who have worked to ensure the preservation and respect of the French architectural legacy. Numerous dignitaries attended the ceremony.
H.R.H. Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro, accompanied by his wife H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro, traveled to Tirana to attend the wedding of His Royal Highness, Heir Apparent Leka II of Albania and Miss Elia Saharia. Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Castro, met with the President of the Republic, H.E. Bujar Nishani for breakfast. H.R.H. the Duke of Castro was then received by H.E. the Minister of Culture, Professor Mirela Kumbaro Furxhi to discuss several topics, including cultural exchange programs to be promoted between Italy and Albania. The wedding ceremony, officiated by the Mayor of Tirana, took place on October 8 in the Royal Residence of Tirana in the presence of five religious authorities who gave their blessings to the ceremony. In the afternoon H.R.H. the Duchess of Castro went to the “Zyber Halluli” Orphanage in Tirana where she visited with the children, promoting the charity project begun in 2000 and continued in 2013. H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies stated “Helping others is a mission that the more fortunate persons must carry out from their very heart”. The wedding banquet was held in the evening in the Royal Palace. Attending were guests from numerous Royal Houses of Europe. On Sunday October 9, the Duke and Duchess of Castro concluded their stay in Albania by meeting with the Prime Minister of Albania, H.E. Edi Rama.
Devotion, excellence, traditions and charity were the principal aspects of the visit to Naples by Prince Charles of Bourbon and Princess Camilla from 18 to 20 September. New Neapolitan experiences for the heirs of the Bourbons Two Sicilies during the feast of San Gennaro in the former capital of the kingdom. On Monday, September 19, Charles and Camilla of Bourbon took part in the religious ceremony of the miracle of San Gennaro, the patron saint of the city, celebrated by Cardinal Sepe in the Duomo. In the afternoon they visited the Bourbon Chapel of Santa Chiara to deliver several scholarships for the school children of the Neapolitan suburbs and to pay homage to the remains of the representatives of a dynasty that made Naples and the South great. They then walked through Spaccanapoli and visited the shops of the artists-craftsmen of San Gregorio Armeno to purchase items for a Neapolitan crèche for the Princesses Maria Carolina, Duchess of Calabria and Maria Chiara, Duchess of Capri. Master Craftsman Aldo Vucai presented the Princes with a composition (“Tradition”) depicting an elderly Pulcinella offering his mask to a young Pulcinella. The statuettes are placed on a base made from wood of the stage of the San Carlino Theatre, where one of the last great Pulcinellas performed, Antonio Petito. The Neo Bourbons donated to the Duke of Castro a statuette of the great Charles of Bourbon in commemoration of the Third Centenary of his birth (1716-2016): from Charles to Charles up to the young Maria Carolina in a never-ending tradition of history and affection …
The Duke and Duchess of Castro then went to the Cardarelli Hospital to make a donation to the Quality Health Care Association which rewards the excellences of southern medical care.
On 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.
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.
Monday, 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.