Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria

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Infanta Margarita of Spain
Infanta of Spain; Duchess of Soria and Hernani
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Soria cropped.jpg
The Duchess and Duke of Soria and Hernani
Duchess of Hernani
Predecessor Manfredo de Borbón
Spouse Carlos Zurita
Issue Alfonso Zurita y de Borbón
María Zurita y de Borbón
Full name
Margarita María de la Victoria Esperanza Jacoba Felicidad Perpetua y Todos los Santos (et omnes sancti)
House House of Bourbon
Father Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona
Mother Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Born (1939-03-06) 6 March 1939 (age 75)
Rome, Kingdom of Italy
Religion Roman Catholicism
Royal styles of
Infanta Margarita of Spain,
Duchess of Soria,
2nd Duchess of Hernani
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Infanta Margarita of Spain, Duchess of Soria, 2nd Duchess of Hernani (Margarita María de la Victoria Esperanza Jacoba Felicidad Perpetua y Todos los Santos (et omnes Sancti) de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias; born 6 March 1939), is the younger sister of King Juan Carlos I of Spain.

Infanta Margarita was born in Rome as the younger daughter of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona, and Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. Margarita has been blind since birth.[1]

She married the physician Carlos Zurita y Delgado on 12 October 1972 in Estoril. They have two children:

  • HE Alfonso Juan Carlos Zurita y de Borbón (b. Madrid, 9 August 1973)
  • HE María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón (b. Madrid, 16 September 1975)

Margarita renounced her right of succession upon marriage.[2][3]

On 6 January 1979, the Infanta's cousin, Manfredo de Borbón, 1st Duke of Hernani, died and willed his ducal title to be inherited by Margarita. The King granted this request, and on 27 May 1981, she became 2nd Duchess of Hernani with accompanying dignity Grandee of Spain. The peerage title referres to the town Hernani, Spain. The next month, on 23 June 1981, she was also granted a higher dukedom for life by the king, and became Duchess of Soria (referring to the city Soria in Spain).

In 1989, alongside her husband, they created the Fundación Cultural Duques de Soria (The Duke and Duchess of Soria Cultural Foundation). She's also Honorary President of Madrid's delegation of UNICEF and of the Spanish Heart Foundation.

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles[edit]

  • 6 March 1939 – 27 May 1981: Her Royal Highness Infanta Margarita of Spain
  • 27 May – 23 June 1981: Her Royal Highness Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Hernani
  • 23 June 1981 – present: Her Royal Highness Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria and Hernani

The Infanta's style and title in full: Her Royal Highness Doña Margarita María de la Victoria Esperanza Jacoba Felicidad Perpetua de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias de Zurita, Infanta of Spain, Duchess of Soria, Duchess of Hernani.

Honours[edit]

See also List of honours of the Spanish Royal Family by country

National Orders
Foreign Orders
Former sovereign families

Arms[edit]

Arms of Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria
Coat of arms of Infanta Margarita of Spain, Duchess of Soria.svg
Notes
The Duchess's personalized coat of arms are the shield of the arms of the monarch in right of Spain.
Crest
The crown of Infantes of Spain
Escutcheon
Quarterly 1st gules a castle or, triple-embattled and voided gate and windows, with three towers each triple-turreted, of the field, masoned sable and ajoure azure 2nd argent a lion rampant purpure crowned or, langued and armed 3rd or, four pallets gules and 4th gules a cross, saltire and orle of chains linked together or, a centre point vert
Argent enté en point, with a pomegranate proper seeded gules, supported, sculpted and leafed in two leaves vert.
Inescutcheon azure bordure gules, three fleurs-de-lys or.
The whole differenced by a label of three points argent, the outer points charged with a castle argent, the middle point with the head of King Alfonso VIII of Castille.
Orders
The Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III ribbon.
Symbolism
As with the Royal Arms of Spain. The first quarter are the arms of Castile, the second of León, the third of Aragon and the fourth of Navarre. Enté en point, the arms of Granada. Inescutcheon, the arms of Bourbon-Anjou.

A castle argent has been the charge of the arms of Hernani, the head of King Alfonso VIII of Castille has been a charge of the arms of Soria.[11]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doña Margot. La Infanta más marchosa
  2. ^ de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal; Coutant de Saisseval, Guy (2002). Le Petit Gotha. Paris: Laballery. pp. 419–420. ISBN 2-9507974-3-1. 
  3. ^ Enache, Nicolas (1999). La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg, Reine de Hongrie et de Boheme. Paris: ICC. pp. 532–534. ISBN 2-908003-04-X. 
  4. ^ Geneall
  5. ^ (Spanish) [1] Universidad de Valladolid, Nota de Prensa 09-01-30 (accessed on 11 December 2009)
  6. ^ (Spanish) Royal Decree 483/2003 The Duchess of Soria and Hernani member of the Spanish Royal Order of Alfonso X. BOE, Spanish Official Journal. (accessed 2 November 2008)
  7. ^ Wedding of Juan Carlos of Spain and Sophia of Greece
  8. ^ Portugal
  9. ^ Portugal State visit to Spain
  10. ^ Membership of the Constantinian Order
  11. ^ "Cadency of the Spanish Royal House". José Juan Carrión Rangel, Blog de heráldica. Retrieved 2009-11-29.  (Spanish)
Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria
Cadet branch of the Capetian dynasty
Born: 6 March 1939
Spanish nobility
Preceded by
Manfredo de Borbón
Duchess of Hernani
1981 – present
Incumbent
Heir:
Alfonso Zurita y de Borbón