Many congratulations to Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, who turns 18 on 23 June and has marked the occasion a few days early with a glamorous new portrait. In the photograph the Italian princess wears the Jasmine Diamond Tiara – described by the family as ‘Jasmins des Bourbons’ – made of diamonds set in gold. The spectacular headpiece goes with a pair of diamond floral earrings and is made by Italian jeweller, Generoso Gioielli. According to the Court Jeweller, the piece was made to mark 50 years of the jeweller which was founded in 1970.
The family once reigned over part of Italy – Prince Carlo, Princess Maria Carolina’s father, is the great-great-great-grandson of Francis II, the last King of the Two Sicilies (Sicily and Naples). He reigned until Italian unification in 1861 and since then, the family has been without a throne. Today, Prince Carlo – or the Duke of Castro as he is known – is married to Italian heiress Camilla Crociani, who has been at the centre of an inheritance dispute with her sister, Cristina Crociani.
The family who live between Monaco, St Tropez, Paris and Rome are fixtures on the international social circuit, often seen at events with Monaco’s Royal Family, the Grimaldis. The Court Jeweller writes that they are also good friends of Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark. Princess Maria Carolina has a beautiful younger sister, Princess Maria Chiara – both of whom are active on social media documenting their glamorous lives.
A press release from the house of Bourbon-Two Sicilies writes that the princess spent the morning of her birthday weekend at her father’s estate in the south of France, where she inspected the vines that make their family wine. In advance of her birthday, Princess Maria Carolina has been given a motorbike – a present to ‘satisfy her “hidden” rebellious streak’ and to commend her on obtaining a B+ at the end of her first year at Harvard where she studies social sciences, marketing and management. She is also pursuing a degree from the University of Monte Carlo in ‘Fashion’ and ‘Luxury Studies’ at the same time as her Harvard degree.
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