Prince John, Duke of Aurunca

Prince John
Duke of Aurunca
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Born (1970-06-02) 2 June 1970 (age 49)
Palatium Supranio, Adrianople, Latium
Full name
Vopiscus Claudius Anicius Iohannes Leo Andreas Sergius
FatherLeo Claudius, Duke of Adrianople
MotherDiana Augusta of Latium
ReligionFabrian Catholic

Prince John, Duke of Aurunca (Vopiscus Claudius Anicius Iohannes Leo Andreas Sergius; b. 2 June 1970) 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 Gabrielle of Vannois in 1992. John is 16th 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 1970, as the fifth child of Empress Diana Augusta and Leo, Prince Consort. he was baptized at Sancta Sapientia on 13 September 1970, by Archbishop of Castellum Thomas Appuleius. His godparents are Constantine Tarepius, Duke of Haenna (her mother's brother-in-law); Agnes Selicia (her father's mother). Born during her mother's reign, John was afforded the the honor of Purpurogenita ("Born in the Purple"). He was named John for her great-grandfather John Anicius, Duke of Beroea.


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 her as a "calm, proper, and even keeled child...who enjoyed a good book more than anything else." John and his younger sister, Princess Eirene, took music lessons in order to socialize with other children her age. John was noted to not take his studies seriously in a memoir released by a former tutor in 1999.


John first met his future wife, Gabrielle of Vannois, at a ball to celebrate her 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 Gabrielle of Vannois at Basilica of the Blessed Virgin, in Adrianople. He and Gabrielle have four children: Carolina, Ludovicus, Aurian, and Anna.

Imperial Role

Titles, styles and honors


  • 2 June 1970 – 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 Claudia Anicia 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 Gabrielle of Vannois


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Name Birth Death Notes
By Gabrielle of Vannois
Princess Carolina of Aurunca (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 25)
Prince Ludovicus of Aurunca (1996-08-09) 9 August 1996 (age 23)
Prince Aurian of Aurunca (1998-03-19) 19 March 1998 (age 21)
Princess Anna of Aurunca (2001-06-03) 3 June 2001 (age 18)


See also

Prince John, Duke of Aurunca
Born: 2 June 1970
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Princess NAME of Beroea
Succession to the Latin throne
16th in line
Followed by
Prince Ludovicus of Aurunca