Prince Sixtus Henry of Bourbon-Parma

There is an earlier Sixtus of Bourbon-Parma who was a Belgian army officer in the First World War.
Prince Sixtus Henry
Duke of Aranjuez
Born (1940-07-22) 22 July 1940 (age 78)
Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France
Full name
Sixte Henri Hugues François Xavier
FatherXavier, Duke of Parma
MotherMadeleine de Bourbon-Busset

Prince Sixtus Henry of Bourbon-Parma (Spanish: Don Sixto Enrique de Borbón-Parma y Borbón-Busset; Italian: Sisto Enrico di Borbone Parma; born 22 July 1940) is considered Regent of Spain by some Carlists who accord him the titles Duke of Aranjuez, Infante of Spain, and Standard-bearer of Tradition.[citation needed]

Early life

Coat of arms used by the supporters of the Carlist claimants to the Spanish Throne with the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary adopted c.1942 by Xavier of Bourbon.

Sixtus was born in Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques during the World War II Vichy regime of France, the second son of Prince Xavier of Bourbon-Parma (then Prince Regent, later Carlist pretender to the throne of Spain, later titular Duke of Parma) and his wife Madeleine de Bourbon-Busset.[1] He belongs to a cadet branch of the former royal dynasty of France (and current dynasty of Spain), the House of Bourbon, which ruled the independent Duchy of Parma in Italy until 1859, and reigns (patrilineally) today in Luxembourg. In exile, his family lived in France.

From an early age Sixtus devoted himself to the cause of Carlism. He studied with the Christian Brothers, Benedictines and Marists, as well as with his preceptress, Professor María Teresa Angulo, from Madrid. He later took courses in law (at Clermont-Ferrand),[1] classical and modern languages, and finance.[citation needed]

Under the nom de guerre of Enrique Aranjuez he enlisted in the Spanish Foreign Legion in 1965.[1] On 2 May that year he swore loyalty to the Spanish flag with the oath then in use, which excluded political compromise (as opposed to the later one, which states fidelity to the Spanish Constitution of 1978).[citation needed] Sixtus later volunteered with the Portuguese Armed Forces in the Angolan War of Independence.[2]