|Princess Cécile of Bourbon-Parma|
On 12 April 1935, Princess Cécile Marie Antoinette Madeleine Jeanne Agnès Françoise of Bourbon-Parma was born at Paris. The princess was the fourth child and third daughter of Prince Xavier of Bourbon-Parma and Madeleine de Bourbon-Busset. Cécile joined two older sisters and an older brother: Françoise (b.1928), Carlos Hugo (1930-2010), and Marie-Thérèse (1933-2020). The princess was followed by two younger siblings: Marie-des-Neiges (b.1937) and Sixte-Henri (b.1940). Cécile studied in Paris and Munich. She eventually obtained her pilot's license.
|1955: Princess Cécile at her first ball at the Ritz in Paris.|
Photograph (c) Getty Images / Francois Pages
|(left to right): Princess Marie-des-Neiges, Princess Marie-Thérèse, and Princess Cécile of Bourbon-Parma.|
Photographed at the christening of their grand-nephew Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma in 2016.
Photograph (c) PPE / Albert Nieboer
Thereafter, the princess made her home in the French capital. Recently, for some years, she had been living with her sisters Marie-Thérèse and Marie-des-Neiges. In 2014, Cécile was named as a godmother of her grand-niece Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma (b.2013), the daughter of Duke Carlos and Duchess Annemarie of Parma. In 2016, the princess and her two closest sisters attended the christening of their grand-nephew Carlos, the eventual heir to the Ducal House of Parma.
|Princess Cécile of Bourbon-Parma with Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark|
Last month, Cécile lost her sister Marie-Thérèse to complications from the coronavirus. Maria Teresa, as she was known in Carlist circles, had come down with COVID-19 from interactions with the nurse who was looking after Marie-Thérèse, Cécile, and Marie-des-Neiges. Along with her sisters Françoise and Marie-des-Neiges, Cécile is among the last surviving children of Duke Xavier of Parma.
|Princess Cécile at a Carlist event.|
We wish Princess Cécile many happy returns and the best of health!
|Duke Xavier and Duchess Madeleine of Parma with their sons and three youngest daughters.|