Prince Carlos, Duke of Parma

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Happy Birthday to Prince Carlos, Duke of Parma, who turns 50 today! The eldest child of Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma, and Princess Irene of the Netherlands, the then Prince of Piacenza, and his three younger siblings, lived in the Netherlands, Spain, France, England, and the United States until his parents divorce in 1981, when they moved into Soestdijk Palace, with his maternal grandparents, Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. Prince Carlos studied political science at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and demography and philosophy at Cambridge University, before working for ABN AMRO in Amsterdam, and then as a public affairs consultant for the European Public Policy Advisors (EPPA), and is currently engaged in projects concerning sustainability in the business world. Prince Carlos had a natural son with Brigitte Klynstra in 1998, Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren Klynstra now Prince Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma, who petitioned the courts to legally change his surname to that of his father. In 2010, Prince Carlos married Annemarie Cecilia Gualthérie van Weezel in a civil ceremony in June, and the religious ceremony was postponed after the death of his father in August. The new Duke of Parma had his religious ceremony in November, and the Duke and Duchess have three children, including the current Prince of Piacenza, who is the heir to the headship of the House of Bourbon-Parma. The Duke and Duchess are close to his Dutch cousins and regularly attend Dutch Royal events. I wish HRH a very Happy Birthday and many Happy Returns!


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