Friday, August 27, 2010

Henri attends funeral *

The Grand Duke attended the funeral of his cousin, Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma. The funeral was held Saturday at the Basilica Santa Maria della Steccata in Parma, Italy.

Carlos Hugo was the Carlist pretender to the Spanish throne. In 1964 he married Princess Irene of the Netherlands. They were divorced in 1981. Together they had 4 children.

Henri's grandfather, Prince Félix of Luxembourg, Prince de Bourbon de Parme and Carlos Hugo's father, Xavier, were brothers. Félix and Xavier had 22 other siblings, several of whom died as infants. The Empress Zita of Austria, Queen of Hungry was one of their sisters. I have read that Xavier attempted to court Grand Duchess Marie-Adelaide prior to her abdication.

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