• 'Royals' The wedding of Jaime de Borbón-Dos Sicilias: this was the forbidden love story of his parents, the Dukes of Calabria

This fall, a multitude of weddings will accumulate that were postponed due to the pandemic. This is the case of two royal links in which the "Bourbon family", both the

Kings

, as Don Juan Carlos, Doña Sofía and the Infantas Elena and Cristina

, are "guests of honor" due to their close ties. The first, this Saturday, September 25, the wedding in

Sicily

of Prince

Jaime de Borbón-Dos Sicilias Landaluce,

Duke of Noto and son of the Duke of Calabria, whose grandfather was the first cousin of Don Juan Carlos. The other, that of

Philippos

, son of Doña Sofia's brother, the former King Constantine, and cousin of the monarch, which will be held in October in the cathedral of

Athens

. The disagreements that Don Felipe's family has gone through, as a result of the Noos case or because of Don Juan Carlos' march to Abu Dhabi, put the monarch in a bind, little given to family coincidences in public and make his attendance unpredictable.

Jaime is heir to the disappeared throne of the Two Sicilies, since his father, Pedro de Borbón, holds the leadership of this dynasty, although he is in old conflict with the

Duke of Castro,

his dynastic rival. The bride is

Charlotte Lindsay-Bethune,

daughter of the Earl of Lindsay, a member of the House of Lords. Both are 28 years old and are dedicated to finance: the groom runs a venture capital fund,

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, and his future wife is an Assistant Vicepressident at Citibank in London. The ceremony will be in the Cathedral of

Palermo

and the banquet in the Palace of the Normans, former home of the Bourbons of that dynasty.

The ties between the Bourbons and the Calabria go back to the 1900 wedding of the

Infanta Mercedes,

daughter of Alfonso XII, with

Carlos Tancredo

, heir to the Two Sicilies. After being widowed, he married

Luisa de Orleans

, daughter of the Count of Paris, a union from which Doña Maria was born, mother of Don Juan Carlos, who was the first cousin of Jaime's grandfather, the former Duke of Calabria, also married to an Orleans, Ana, and died in 2015. They shared a boarding school in

Las Jarillas

and as adults they remained inseparable, so much so that Don Juan Carlos did to his cousin Infante de España. This resulted in Prince Philip and the infantas Elena and Cristina being raised with the five children of the Duke of Calabria.

Pedro

, Jaime's first-born son and father, is a great friend of Don Felipe, who is the same age. He witnessed his wedding to Sofia Landaluce in 2001, after a complicated courtship: Sofía, great-granddaughter of the

Duke of San Fernando de Quiroga,

did not have royal blood, so Pedro's father opposed the marriage, which he finally agreed to when Jaime he was seven years old. The monarch often drops by

La Toledana,

the La Mancha estate of the Calabria family, who also maintain a close relationship with Infanta Cristina and Urdangarín, who spent Easter 2017 there. Cristina, Pedro's older sister, is close to the former Duchess of Palma and is married to

Perico López Quesada

, inseparable from Urdangarín and Don Felipe before they broke up for him.

Noos case.

It is not easy for us to see King Juan Carlos this Saturday in Palermo, more likely it is that Infanta Cristina and even her sister Elena and Doña Sofía will attend. The great unknown is whether King Felipe, who has no institutional commitments, will go to the link, alone or with Mrs. Letizia.

More committed is the presence of the monarchs in October in Athens for the religious wedding of their cousin

Philippos

, the youngest of the former King Constantine of Greece, brother of Queen Sofia. Don Felipe and the Infantas were little inseparable from their cousins

Grecia

, who spent Christmas in Zarzuela and summers in

Marivent

. Philippos was civilly married in December 2020 in Saint Moritz to billionaire

Nina Flohr

, daughter of the owner of the VistaJet company. An intimate wedding, to which no close family member of Don Felipe attended except the Infanta Cristina with her daughter Irene. This Greek wedding will gather a lot of royalty as

Ana María

, Constantine's wife, is the sister of Margaret, the Danish sovereign, and the late Philip of Edinburgh, husband of Elizabeth II, was a Greek prince. The attendance of Queen Sofía and the infantas Elena and Cristina is certain, but not from King Felipe and less from Doña Letizia, who did attend with Doña Sofia and the Infantas to the wedding of

Nicolas

, Philippos's brother, with Tatiana Blanik held in the island of Spetses in 2013. Those were other times, since the 50th birthday in 2017 of Paul, the Greek heir, which he celebrated in his English mansion in

Gloucestershire

Don Felipe came alone.

After the "scuffle" in the cathedral of Palma in 2018 between Doña Sofia and Letizia, which prevented her daughters from being photographed with their grandmother, Marie Chantal, Pablo's wife, harshly criticized Doña Letizia in the networks stating "she has shown her true face ".

Since then, the Queen has not met the Greek heirs again.

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