Prince Charles of Luxembourg

Prince Charles of Luxembourg, Prince of Bourbon-Parma and Nassau (Charles Frédéric Louis Guillaume Marie; 7 August 1927 – 26 July 1977), was a younger son of Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma.[1]

Prince Charles
Born(1927-08-07)7 August 1927
Berg Castle, Luxembourg
Died26 July 1977(1977-07-26) (aged 49)
Pistoia, Italy
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
SpouseJoan Douglas Dillon
IssuePrincess Charlotte
Prince Robert
FatherPrince Felix of Bourbon-Parma
MotherCharlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg


He grew up at his mother's court in Luxembourg, completing secondary school in Canada. After World War II he undertook studies in Louvain, then at the Royal Military Academy at Aldershot.[1]


After university, he returned to Luxembourg, where he worked to address national economic and social issues.[1]

He inherited from his father Pianore, an estate held by the Bourbon-Parma family in Italy.[1]

Marriage and family

He married at St. Edward's, in Sutton Park, Guildford, Surrey, on 1 March 1967 Joan Douglas Dillon, daughter of U.S. Treasury Secretary C. Douglas Dillon and wife Phyllis Chess Ellsworth.[1] As an unprecedented marriage between a prince of Luxembourg's reigning family and a commoner, Charles's brother, Grand Duke Jean, issued a decree to authorize the union as dynastic on 16 February 1967.[2][1]

Children and descendants

Prince Charles and his wife Joan Dillon had two children, who are also princes of Luxembourg and Nassau:[2]



  1. de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery. Paris. 2002. pp. 666-668, 667-678 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  2. Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XVIII. "Luxembourg". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2007, pp. 79-80, 83-84, 449-450. (German). ISBN 978-3-7980-0841-0.
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