Obituary of H.E. Don Carlos Gereda y de Borbón, Marqués de Almazán, 49th Grand Master of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem

It is with great sadness we announce the death of H.E. Don Carlos Gereda y de Borbón, Marqués de Almazán, 49th Grand Master of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem.

Don Carlos was born on 24th January 1947 in Montevideo, Uruguay to Don Nicolás Gereda y Bustamante and Doña María Luisa de Borbón y Pintó. He attended Downside School (R64) before moving to Madrid where he studied for an Industrial Engineering degree and an M.B.A at Complutense University.  In his professional career, Don Carlos worked as a commercial development entrepreneur, designing oil refining and petrochemical plants and working in the civil engineering and telecom sectors.

Don Carlos was elected 49th Grand Master of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem at a Chapter General in Manchester, England in September 2008.  He was a man of deep personal Christian faith, who had several audiences with Pope Francis. 

Outside the Order, Don Carlos had a great love of classic cars, especially old Bentleys and Rolls Royces which he drove regularly throughout Spain and Portugal, particularly on holiday in the countryside.  In addition, he liked to visit old churches and historic ruins. He also enjoyed astronomy and classical music, organising concerts in his home which featured talented young Spanish pianists and chamber music.

Don Carlos is survived by his wife, his mother, a brother and numerous nieces and nephews.  A second brother predeceased him. He was interred in the family pantheon in Valladolid, Spain on Thursday, 31st August 2017.  A memorial service will be held in Madrid, Spain for all members and friends of the Order, probably in October 2017.