Carlos Ferdinando de Borbon, rey de las Dos Sicilias

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About Carlos Ferdinando de Borbon, rey de las Dos Sicilias

  • Charles Ferdinand of the Two Sicilies, Prince of Capua
  • (Full Italian name: Carlo Ferdinando, Principe di Borbone delle Due Sicilie, Principe di Capua) (10 November 1811 – 22 April 1862 in Turin, Kingdom of Italy) was a member of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.


  • Charles Ferdinand was second-eldest son of Francis I of the Two Sicilies and his second wife Maria Isabella of Spain.[1][2] Charles Ferdinand was a half-brother of Caroline, Duchess of Berry and a full brother of Luisa Carlotta, Duchess of Cadiz, Maria Christina, Queen of Spain, Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies, Prince Leopold, Count of Syracuse, Prince Antonio, Count of Lecce, Infanta Maria Amalia of Portugal and Spain, Maria Carolina, Countess of Montemolin, Teresa Cristina, Empress of Brazil, and Prince Francis, Count of Trapani.

Marriage and issue

The Prince of Capua with his wife, The Countess of Mascali, and his daughter, Vittoria.

  • On 12 March 1836 Charles Ferdinand's brother, King Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies, issued a decree upholding the 1829 decision of the brothers' late father King Francis I of the Two Sicilies that members of the blood-royal of the kingdom, whatever their age, are required to obtain the consent of the sovereign to marry and that marriages made without this consent should be deemed to be null and void.
  • It is reported that Charles Ferdinand married morganatically Penelope Smyth, daughter of Grice Smyth, on 5 April 1836 in Gretna Green, Scotland, United Kingdom.
  • However, Charles Ferdinand applied for a Special Marriage Licence from the Archbishop of Canterbury in order to marry (or re-marry) Miss Smyth at St George's, Hanover Square. In the court order they are described as a bachelor and a spinster respectively. The King's Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Count de Ludolf, objected to the grant of the licence and a hearing took place in the Court of Faculties on 4 May 1836. The Master of the Faculties, Dr John Nicholl, refused to grant the licence on the grounds that the royal succession might be affected by the non-recognition of the marriage in Naples. Banns of Marriage were read for the final time in St George's, Hanover Square on 8 May 1836.
  • Charles Ferdinand and Penelope had two children:
  1. Francesco Ferdinando Carlo di Borbone, Conte di Mascali (24 March 1837 – 2 June 1862)
  2. Vittoria Augusta Lodovica Isabella Amelia Filomena Elena Penelope di Borbone, Contessa di Mascali (15 May 1838 – 9 August 1895)


  • Knight of the Order of Saint Januarius
  • Knight of the Spanish Order of the Golden Fleece (1826)
  • Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Ferdinand and of Merit
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Carlos Ferdinando de Borbon, rey de las Dos Sicilias's Timeline

November 10, 1811
Palermo, Kingdom of Sicily
March 24, 1837
Age 25
May 15, 1838
Age 26
April 22, 1862
Age 50
Turin, Kingdom of Italy