Carlos de Borbón-Parma

Carlos Hugo de Borbón-Parma (1930 - 2010)

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Duke Carlos Hugo "Carlos Hugo I" de Borbón-Parma aka y Bourbon-Busset
Born in Paris, Francemap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of [private wife (1930s - unknown)]
Father of [private son (1970s - unknown)], [private son (1970s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1970s - unknown)]
Died in Barcelona, Spainmap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Apr 2013
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Categories: House of Borbón-Parma.

Preceded by
Duke Xavier
Duke of Parma,
Carlist pretender to the throne of Spain

7 May 1977 – 18 August 2010
Succeeded by
Duke Carlos



Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma and Piacenza (8 April 1930 – 18 August 2010) was the head of the House of Bourbon-Parma (a branch of the House of Bourbon) from 1977 until his death. Carlos Hugo was pretender to the defunct throne of Parma, and a Carlist pretender to the throne of Spain under the name Carlos Hugo I. He was born in Paris and baptized Hugues Marie Sixte Robert Louis Jean Georges Benoît Michel. On 28 June 1963 he was officially renamed Charles Hugues, by judgment of the court of appeal of la Seine, France. He was a French citizen, and since 1980 a naturalized Spanish citizen. His marriage to Princess Irene of the Netherlands in 1964 caused a constitutional crisis in the Netherlands. Carlos Hugo was the son of Xavier, Duke of Parma, and Madeleine de Bourbon-Busset. In 1977, his father died, and Carlos Hugo succeeded him claiming the thrones of Parma, Etruria and Spain. He claimed the headship of the Constantinian Order of Saint George, although it was not tied to the ducal throne of Parma, but is adjudicated by the church of Rome to follow the male primogeniture.


Carlos Hugo was Grand Master of four dynastic orders:

  • Grand Master of the Sacred Angelic Imperial Constantinian Order of St. George (Parmesan order, Sacro Angelico Imperiale Ordine Costantiniano di San Giorgio)
  • Grand Master of the Order of St. Louis for Civil Merit (Real Ordine del *Merito sotto il titolo di San Lodovico)
  • Grand Master of the Order of the Legitimidad Proscrita (Ordine de la Legitimidad Proscrita)
  • Grand Master of the Order of St. George for Military Merit (Ordine al merito militare di San Giorgio di Lucca)

Carlos Hugo was also member of the following orders:

  • Bailiff Grand Cross of Honor and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
  • Grand Cross of the Order of the House of Orange

As a claimant to the throne of Spain, Carlos Hugo also claimed to be the Grand Master of the Spanish Order of the Golden Fleece[citation needed]. He wore the Golden Fleece in a sumptuous Austrian version of the jewel on a red ribbon around his neck when he married.[13] The collar of a Spanish Knight of the Golden Fleece lay on his coffin after his death.

Titles (Real and Claimed)

  • Hugues de Borbón-Parma y Borbón (1930–1957)
  • Hugues, Prince of the Asturias, Duke of San Jaime, (1957–1963)
  • Carlos Hugo, Prince of the Asturias, Duke of San Jaime, (1963–1964)
  • Carlos Hugo, Duke of Madrid, (1964–1977)
  • Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma, (1977–1979)
  • Mr Carlos Hugo de Borbón-Parma y Borbón, (1979–2003)
  • Carlos Hugo, Count of Montemolin, (2003–2010)



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On 16 Jan 2017 at 14:18 GMT Isabelle Rassinot wrote:

Here is the profile of his father: Xavier de Bourbon-Parme

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