Desiderius, Prince of Petra

Prince of Petra
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Desiderius in 2011
Regent of Sydalon
Regency3 March 2011 – 1 January 2013
MonarchJordan IX
Duke of Toron
Reign12 November 1975 – 22 May 2013
PredecessorJordan I
SuccessorSebastian I
Born(1962-06-22)22 June 1962
Castra Rubea, Sydalon, Royal Domain, Sydalon
Died22 May 2013(2013-05-22) (aged 51)
St Philip Hospital, Ostracine, Sydalon
2 June 2013
Cathedral of the Holy Sepulchre, Sydalon
Full name
Desiderius Charles Bohemond Henri
HouseAultavilla (official)
Toron (agnatic)
FatherJordan IX of Sydalon
MotherMelisende of Philippopolis
ReligionFabrian Catholic

Desiderius, Prince of Petra (Desiderius Charles Bohemond Henri; 22 February 1962 – 22 May 2013) was the eldest child of King Jordan IX of Sydalon and Melisende of Philippopolis. He was Duke of Toron and executive of the domain from 1975 until his death in 2013.

Desiderius was born at Castra Rubea as the first grandchild of Queen Elissa IV and Tancred II, Duke of Toron. He was educated within the royal household by private tutors despite his father's desire to see Desiderius attend formal schooling. He entered the Sydalene Defense Forces in 1980, and served in both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy until 1991. In 1992, he married Princess Eirene of Latium and they had five children: Melisende, Sebastian, William, Roletus, Desideria, and Bohemond.

Desiderius was known for his charity, and progressive beliefs at royal court. He was appointed regent in 2011 after his father announced a diagnosis of dementia, a position he held until resigning in 2013 due to his own health concerns. Desiderius was diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer in late 2012; he died months later on 22 May 2013.

Early life

Desiderius was born at Castra Rubea, in Sydalon, the first child of Jordan, Prince of Petra and Melisende of Philippopolis. He was baptized on 1 July 1962 at Church of the Nativity, in Kerkouane, with waters from the Yarden River, by Archbishop Federiku Rousseau of Sydalon. His godparents were Cepheus Katsaros (his grandmother's husband) and Olympias Buonalberi (his maternal grandmother).

After his birth, Desiderius was styled His Royal Highness Prince Desiderius of Petra. He was made an honorary officer at the age of 8, in the 1st Queen's Infantry Regiment. Desiderius was educated by private tutors for his entire education, with courtiers often reporting that this was in-spite of his parent's desires that he attend formal schooling. During the final Fourth West Scipian War, he, his parents and siblings were evacuated to Latium, where he remained until negotiations on what became the Yarden Accords began. While in Latium, Desiderius primarily resided in Oea, at Villa d'Iuliabona. During a 2011 interview, he attributed Pankratios Anemas, who educated him while in Latium, for his more progressive beliefs.

At his 18th birthday, Desiderius joined the Royal Navy; however, after six months he joined the Royal Air Force with the hopes of becoming a pilot. Eventually, he qualified to fly helicopters, and returned to the Navy, where he served aboard the MR Ostracine and served as a rescue helicopter pilot. By 1986, Desiderius took command of the MR Saint-Philippe; left active service in 1991.


Royal duties


After King Jordan IX appointed Adro III, Lord of Caeseti as Chancellor in 2009, Desiderius was among the first to publicly announce his disappointment that a Nationalist was serving as head of the chacery. Court insiders reported that Caeseti's appointment caused a rift between Desiderius and his father, who some believed was suffering from rapidly declining health. By early 2011, the Royal Family announced that King Jordan IX was diagnosed with dementia and no longer capable of fulfilling his constitutional duties. Pursuant to King Jordan's wishes, Desiderius was appointed regent in March; he removed Caeseti from office by June.

Assassination attempt

Health concerns

Titles, styles, and honors

  • 22 February 1962 – 12 November 1975: His Royal Highness Prince Desiderius of Petra
  • 12 November 1975 – 22 May 2013: His Royal Highness The Prince of Petra
    • 12 November 1975 – 22 May 2013: His Royal Highness The Duke of Toron


Foreign honors


See also

Desiderius, Prince of Petra
Cadet branch of the House of Hauteville
Born: 22 February 1962 Died: 22 May 2013
Sydalene royalty
Preceded by
The Prince Jordan
later became King Jordan IX
Prince of Petra
Succeeded by
The Princess Melisende
later became Queen Melisende III
Sydalene nobility
Preceded by
Jordan I
Duke of Toron
Succeeded by
Sebastian I, Duke of Toron
Political offices
Title last held by
The Prince Consort
Regent of Sydalon
Succeeded by
The Duke of Rema