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Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies ties the knot with Lady Charlotte Lindesay-Bethune

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Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies has tied the knot with Lady Charlotte Lindesay-Bethune in a stunning ceremony in southern Italy on Saturday. 

The Duke of Noto married Lady Charlotte at The Cathedral of Monreale, nearby the town of Palermo, with the bride donning an elegant white gown featuring a lace bodice and a diamond and pearl tiara once belonging to Archduchess María Anna of Austria.   

Charlotte, 28, is the youngest daughter of Scottish businessman James Lindesay-Bethune, 16th Earl of Lindsay, and Diana Mary Chamberlayne-Macdonald. The Duke, 29, is the heir apparent to Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies and his wife, the former Doña Sofia. 

The Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies – or Bourbon des Deux Siciles – is an ancient branch of the Spanish royal family which ruled parts of southern Italy for more than 100 years from 1734 to 1861. Its descendants still carry the name today, some 150 years later. 

Among the high-profile guests was Princess Alexandra’s granddaughter Flora Ogilvy, the Duke and Duchess of Huéscar and the wedding was blessed by Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a German cardinal of the Catholic Church.

Crowds gathered to watch Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies tie the knot with Lady Charlotte Lindesay-Bethune in a stunning ceremony in southern Italy on Saturday (pictured)

The Duke of Noto married Lady Charlotte at The Cathedral of Monreale, nearby the town of Palermo, with the bride (pictured) donning an elegant white gown featuring a lace bodice and a diamond and pearl tiara once belonging to Archduchess María Anna of Austria

The Duke of Noto married Lady Charlotte at The Cathedral of Monreale, nearby the town of Palermo, with the bride (pictured) donning an elegant white gown featuring a lace bodice and a diamond and pearl tiara once belonging to Archduchess María Anna of Austria

Charlotte, 28, is the youngest daughter of Scottish businessman James Lindesay-Bethune, 16th Earl of Lindsay, and Diana Mary Chamberlayne-Macdonald. Pictured, the couple cutting their cake

The bridal party walking up the aisle, pictured

Charlotte, 28, is the youngest daughter of Scottish businessman James Lindesay-Bethune, 16th Earl of Lindsay, and Diana Mary Chamberlayne-Macdonald. Pictured, the couple cutting their cake, left, and the bridal party walking up the aisle

Prince Pedro is a claimant to the now defunct throne of the former House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, a cadet branch of the Spanish royal family, which descends from the Capetian Dynasty and ruled over Southern Italy and Sicily during the 18th and 19th centuries. 

Although the family has no official remit, they spend their time doing charity work and promoting the interest of Southern Italy.  

The bride was a vision in white as she walked down the aisle in a sophisticated lace-detailed gown with a floor-length train and embroidered, long-sleeved bodice with transparent fabric revealing a separate white bodice with a sweetheart neckline underneath.

Her brown tresses were styled into a sleek up do, concealing her floor-length veil, and she accessorised her elegant look with a pair of pearl teardrop earrings. 

The Duke, 29, is the heir apparent to Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies and his wife, the former Doña Sofia. Pictured left, the bride walks arm-in-arm with her father

The Duke, 29, is the heir apparent to Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies and his wife, the former Doña Sofia. Pictured left, the bride walks arm-in-arm with her father

The Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies - or Bourbon des Deux Siciles - is an ancient branch of the Spanish royal family which ruled parts of southern Italy for more than 100 years from 1734 to 1861. Its descendants still carry the name today, some 150 years later. Pictured, inside the ceremony

The bride walking arm-in-arm with her groom, pictured

The Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies – or Bourbon des Deux Siciles – is an ancient branch of the Spanish royal family which ruled parts of southern Italy for more than 100 years from 1734 to 1861. Its descendants still carry the name today, some 150 years later. Pictured, inside the ceremony

The bride arrived in the cathedral square with her father, the politician James Randolph Lindesay-Bethune, in a carriage pulled by four white horses

The bride arrived in the cathedral square with her father, the politician James Randolph Lindesay-Bethune, in a carriage pulled by four white horses

Among the high-profile guests to the couple's (pictured wedding) was Princess Alexandra's granddaughter Flora Ogilvy, the Duke and Duchess of Huéscar and the wedding was blessed by Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a German cardinal of the Catholic Church

Among the high-profile guests to the couple’s (pictured wedding) was Princess Alexandra’s granddaughter Flora Ogilvy, the Duke and Duchess of Huéscar and the wedding was blessed by Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a German cardinal of the Catholic Church 

In a nod to her Scottish heritage, bridesmaids donned tartan sashes and sweet white flower crowns as they followed the bride up the cathedral steps.   

Lady Charlotte is an Oxford graduate who works in investment at a London-based private equity firm. The couple are thought to live together in London.  

She arrived in the cathedral square with her father, the politician James Randolph Lindesay-Bethune, in a carriage pulled by four white horses. 

Earl of Lindsay is a title in the Peerage of Scotland, with the family seat being the Lahill House, near Upper Largo, Fife. Lady Charlotte’s father, who currently holds the title, studied at Eton, the University of Edinburgh and the University of California.

Prince Pedro holds a claim to the now defunct throne of the former House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, a cadet branch of the Spanish royal family. The newlyweds are pictured waving to royal fans as they left the church on Saturday

Prince Pedro holds a claim to the now defunct throne of the former House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, a cadet branch of the Spanish royal family. The newlyweds are pictured waving to royal fans as they left the church on Saturday 

The bride is pictured travelling to the wedding with her father donning a stunning white gown featuring a lace bodice and a diamond and pearl tiara once belonging to Archduchess María Anna of Austria

The bride is pictured travelling to the wedding with her father donning a stunning white gown featuring a lace bodice and a diamond and pearl tiara once belonging to Archduchess María Anna of Austria

Lady Charlotte is pictured sharing a sweet moment with her father ahead of her wedding to Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies on Saturday 

In a nod to her Scottish heritage, bridesmaids donned tartan sashes and sweet white flower crowns as they followed the bride up the cathedral steps

In a nod to her Scottish heritage, bridesmaids donned tartan sashes and sweet white flower crowns as they followed the bride up the cathedral steps

Her brown tresses were styled into a sleek up do, concealing her floor-length veil, and she accessorised her elegant look with a pair of pearl teardrop earrings 

He succeeded his father as Earl of Lindsay in 1989 and was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland from 1995 to 1997.

Between 2012 and 2017, Lord Lindsay was President of the National Trust of Scotland and was appointed as President of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute in April 2021.

He married Diana Mary Chamberlayne-Macdonald, a granddaughter of Sir Alexander Somerled Angus Bosville Macdonald of Sleat, 16th Baronet in 1982 and they have five children.  

According to Vanity Fair Italy, some 200 guests were present at the ceremony, including many European noble descendants, and the bride and groom returned to Palermo after the wedding to enjoy cocktails in the gardens of the Royal Palace before dinner at the Palazzo Mazzarino.  

Some 200 guests (pictured arriving) were present at the ceremony, including many European noble descendants, and the bride and groom returned to Palermo after the wedding to enjoy cocktails in the gardens of the Royal Palace before dinner at the Palazzo Mazzarino

Guests arrive at the lavish ceremony on Saturday, pictured

Some 200 guests (pictured arriving) were present at the ceremony, including many European noble descendants, and the bride and groom returned to Palermo after the wedding to enjoy cocktails in the gardens of the Royal Palace before dinner at the Palazzo Mazzarino

The newlyweds, who met in Sicily, announced their engagement in May and the new Duchess of Noto converted to Catholicism last year in a ceremony at the Vatican. Pictured, guests at the couple's nuptials

The newlyweds, who met in Sicily, announced their engagement in May and the new Duchess of Noto converted to Catholicism last year in a ceremony at the Vatican. Pictured, guests at the couple’s nuptials

Lady Charlotte is an Oxford graduate who works in investment at a London-based private equity firm. The couple are thought to continue living together in London. They are pictured leaving the cathedral

Lady Charlotte is an Oxford graduate who works in investment at a London-based private equity firm. The couple are thought to continue living together in London. They are pictured leaving the cathedral

The bride was a vision in white as she walked down the aisle in an elegant gown with a floor-length train and embroidered, long-sleeved bodice with transparent fabric revealing a separate white bodice with a sweetheart neckline underneath

The bride was a vision in white as she walked down the aisle in an elegant gown with a floor-length train and embroidered, long-sleeved bodice with transparent fabric revealing a separate white bodice with a sweetheart neckline underneath

The wedding (pictured) was conducted in four languages: Latin, Spanish, Italian, and English, with vows being read in English

The wedding (pictured) was conducted in four languages: Latin, Spanish, Italian, and English, with vows being read in English

However the publication claim that, despite their good relationship, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain did not attend the wedding because they are waiting on developments following the volcanic eruption in Le Palma last Sunday. 

The wedding was conducted in four languages: Latin, Spanish, Italian, and English, with vows being read in English. The couple, who met in Sicily, announced their engagement in May and the new Duchess of Noto converted to Catholicism last year in a ceremony at the Vatican. 

According to Italian newspaper Italy24news, the happy couple were received by The Mayor of The Municipality of Monreale ahead of the wedding, who said it was ‘a great honour to participate in this event that will remain in the history of Monreale. 

‘The architectural and landscape beauties of our city have been enhanced by the fairytale atmosphere that the royal wedding created in a setting that we hope will remain in the hearts of the spouses, to whom I reserve the wish for a long and joyful life together by all the Monreales.’  

The Royal House of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies: Ancient branch of the Spanish royal family ruled parts of southern Italy for more than 100 years 

The Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies is an ancient branch of the Spanish royal family which ruled parts of southern Italy for more than 100 years from 1734 to 1861. Its descendants still carry the name today, some 150 years later.

The line descends from Philippe de Bourbon, Duke of Anjou, grandson of Louis XIV of France (1638–1715), who established the Bourbon dynasty in Spain in 1700 as Philip V (1683–1746). 

In 1759 King Philip’s younger grandson was appanaged with the kingdoms of Naples and Sicily, becoming Ferdinand IV and III (1751–1825), respectively, of those realms. His descendants occupied the joint throne (renamed ‘Kingdom of the Two Sicilies’ in 1816) until 1860. 

The family, then led by Francis II, was overthrown in 1860 by Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldi, who proclaimed a dictatorship on behalf of Victor Emmanuel II, the the King of Piedmont-Sardinia and later King of Italy. The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and the Kingdom of Sardinia were merged into the newly formed Kingdom of Italy.

The last King of Two Sicilies was Francis II, who was overthrown in 1860 and spent the remainder of his life in exile

The succession has been disputed since Ferdinand's death in 1960 because he had six daughters and no sons to carry the family line. Both his nephew Infante Alfonso, Duke of Calabria, and brother Prince Ranieri, pictured, Duke of Castro, laid claim to the throne. This feud continues between their descendants today

The succession has been disputed since Ferdinand’s death in 1960 because he had six daughters and no sons to carry the family line. Both his nephew Infante Alfonso, Duke of Calabria, and brother Prince Ranieri, pictured, Duke of Castro, laid claim to the throne. This feud continues between their descendants today

The deposed Francis II and his wife spent time in Rome as guests of the Pope where they ran a government in exile. They left the city before it was occupied by the Italians in 1870. They led a wandering life from then on, living in Austria, France, and Bavaria. 

Francis II died in 1894 and was succeeded by his half-brother, Prince Alfonso, who was in turn succeeded by his son, Prince Ferdinand Pius, Duke of Calabria.  

The succession has been disputed since Ferdinand’s death in 1960 because he had six daughters and no sons to carry the family line. 

Both his nephew Infante Alfonso, Duke of Calabria, and brother Prince Ranieri, Duke of Castro, laid claim to the throne. This feud continues between their descendants today. 

Chiara and Carolina are the daughters of Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro, grandson of Prince Ranieri. The claimant on the other side of the family is Prince Pedro, Duke of Calabria, grandson of Infante Alfonso. 

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