Prince John, Duke of Aurunca

Prince John
Duke of Aurunca
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Born (1969-06-02) 2 June 1969 (age 51)
Palatium Supranio, Adrianople, Latium
Spouse
Diana of Dakmoor (m. 1992)
Issue
Full name
Vopiscus Claudius Anicius Iohannes Leo Andreas Silvanus
HouseClaudius
FatherLeo Claudius, Duke of Adrianople
MotherDiana Augusta of Latium
ReligionFabrian Catholic

Prince John, Duke of Aurunca (Vopiscus Claudius Anicius Iohannes Leo Andreas Silvanus; b. 2 June 1969) is a Latin prince. He is the son of Empress Diana Augusta and Leo, Prince Consort. He was created Duke of Aurunca prior to his marriage to Diana of Dakmoor in 1992. John is 15th in the line of succession to the Latin throne, at the time of his birth he was third.

Early life and education

John was born at Palatium Supranio, on 2 June 1969, as the fifth child of Empress Diana Augusta and Leo, Prince Consort. John has a twin sister, Joanna, who was born thirty minutes after him. He was baptized at Sancta Sapientia on 13 September 1969, by Patriarch of Alba Thomas Appuleius. His godparents are Duke Constantine Tarepius (his mother's brother-in-law); Agnes Pola (his father's mother). Born during his mother's reign, John was afforded the the honor of Purpurogenitus ("Born in the Purple"). He was named John for his great-grandfather John Anicius, Duke of Beroea.

Education

John's education was handled by a governess between the ages of five and eight. He was educated by private tutors until the age of 17, and unlike his older siblings did not attend school. John was said to have a love of reading according to one of his former tutors, who described his as a "calm, proper, and even keeled child...who enjoyed a good book more than anything else." John, his twin sister Joanna, and his younger sister, Princess Eirene, took music lessons in order to socialize with other children their age. John was noted to not take his studies seriously in a memoir released by a former tutor in 1999.

Marriage

John first met his future wife, Diana of Dakmoor, at a ball to celebrate his sister Princess Isadora's 15th birthday, in 1983. John and Gabrielle were rumored to begin courting soon after, and regularly exchanged letters. The courtship was later confirmed by Imperial Offices in 1989. Alexandra became engaged soon after on 20 August 1990.

In 1992, John married Diana of Dakmoor at Basilica of the Blessed Virgin, in Adrianople. He and Gabrielle have four children: Lucius, Titania, Adriana, and Amadeus.

Imperial Role

Titles, styles and honors

Styles

  • 2 June 1969 – 22 July 1989: His Imperial Highness The Prince John
  • 22 July 1989 – present: His Imperial Highness The Duke of Aurunca

John is the son of a Sovereign, and a Latin prince by birth. As such, he does not utilize a surname. If John were to utilize a surname, it is likely that he would take on the Claudius name; however, it is also possible that the surname for all children of the Sovereign to simply be "of Latium". For ceremonial and formal purposes, all children of the Monarch - with exception to the heir apparent - are entitled to the rank of "prince" or "princess" after their Christian name followed by the territorial designation "of Latium." John was created Duke of Aurunca prior to his marriage of Diana of Dakmoor

Honors

  •  Latium: Knight of the Order of the Winged Ram Red ribbon bar - general use.svg
  •  Latium: Knigh of the Ancient Equestrian Order St.AlexanderOrder-ribbon.svg
  •  Latium: Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the Crown Army Good Conduct Medal ribbon.svg
  • Iotopha House of Hazaraspid: Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of Hazaraspid Order of Pahlavi (Iran).gif
  • Flag of Germany (1867–1919).svg House of Hechenreyt: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of [Name] Order of the Black Eagle - Ribbon bar.svg

Issue

Name Birth Death Notes
By Diana of Dakmoor
Prince Lucius (1995-08-09) 9 August 1995 (age 24)
Princess Titania (1997-09-23) 23 September 1997 (age 22)
Princess Adriana (2000-02-02) 2 February 2000 (age 20)
Prince Amadeus (2005-06-02) 2 June 2005 (age 15)

Ancestry

See also

Prince John, Duke of Aurunca
Born: 2 June 1969
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Princess Teresa
Succession to the Latin throne
16th in line
Followed by
Prince Lucius
Nobility of Latium
New creation Duke of Aurunca
1993–present
Incumbent
Heir apparent:
Prince Lucius