Saturday, June 23, 2018

Royal Profile: Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma, Marchioness of Sala

Princess Maria Carolina Christina of Bourbon-Parma, Marchioness of Sala was born 23 June 1974 as the youngest child of Prince Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma & Princess Irene of The Netherlands {Source}. She has two older brothers and an older sister, as well as a former brother-in-law, two sisters-in-law, and a current brother-in-law, as well as several nieces and nephews {Source}:
  1. Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, The Duke of Parma (1970)
    1. Brigitte Klynstra (never married)
      1. Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren Klynstra de Bourbon-de Parme (1997)
    2. Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma (m. 2010)
      1. Princess Luisa Irene Constance Anna Maria of Bourbon-Parma, The Marchioness of Castell’Arquato (2012)
      2. Princess Cecilia Maria Johanna Beatrix of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Barceto (2013)
      3. Prince Carlos Enrique, Hereditary Prince of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
  2. Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma, The Count of Bardi (1972, twin)
    1. Princess Viktória of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Bardi (1982)
      1. Princess Zita Clara of Bourbon-Parma (2014)
      2. Princess Gloria Irene of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
  3. Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Colorno (1972, twin)
    1. Mr. Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn (1966, m. 2001-2006, div)
    2. Mr. Tjalling Siebe ten Cate(1975)
      1. Miss Julia Carolina Catharina ten Cate (2008)
      2. Miss Paola Cecilia Laurentien ten Cate (2011)

Princess Maria Carolina studied in the United States, England, and The Netherlands. She holds a degree in political science from the University of Amsterdam and Harvard University. She also obtained a M.Sc. in Forced Migration from the University of Oxford. After graduation, she began working for the United Nations. She has been employed in New York, Eritrea, The Gaza Strip, Acheh, Indonesia (after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami). She currently works at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland for the Organisation for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

In January 2012, her engagment to Albert Alphons Ludgerus Brenninkmeijer was announced. They were married in April 2012 civilly, in The Netherlands. They were married religiously in Florence, Italy in June 2012. Together, they have two children:

  • Alaïa-Maria Irene Cécile Brenninkmeijer (2014)
  • Xavier Albert Alphons Brenninkmeijer (2015)

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