Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria
|Infanta Margarita of Spain|
|Infanta of Spain; Duchess of Soria and Hernani|
The Duchess and Duke of Soria and Hernani
|Duchess of Hernani|
|Predecessor||Manfredo de Borbón|
|Issue||Alfonso Zurita y de Borbón
María Zurita y de Borbón
|House||House of Bourbon|
|Father||Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona|
|Mother||Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies|
6 March 1939 |
Rome, Kingdom of Italy
|Royal styles of
Infanta Margarita of Spain,
Duchess of Soria,
2nd Duchess of Hernani
|Reference style||Her Royal Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Royal Highness|
|Spanish Royal Family|
|HM The King
HM The Queen
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.
- 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)
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
- 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, Grande de España, Duchess of Hernani, Grande de España.
- National Orders
- The 1,192nd Dame of the Royal Order of Queen Maria Luisa (06/03/1957).
- Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III (14/10/1988).
- Dame Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X (25/04/2003).
- Foreign Orders
- Kingdom of Greece : Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Saints Olga and Sophia (13/05/1962).
- Portugal : Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry (13/10/1988).
- Former sovereign families
- House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies : Dame Grand Cross of Justice of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George (1960).
- Doña Margot. La Infanta más marchosa
- de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal; Coutant de Saisseval, Guy (2002). Le Petit Gotha. Paris: Laballery. pp. 419–420. ISBN 2-9507974-3-1.
- 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.
- (Spanish)  Universidad de Valladolid, Nota de Prensa 09-01-30 (accessed on 11 December 2009)
- (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)
- Wedding of Juan Carlos of Spain and Sophia of Greece
- Portugal State visit to Spain
- Membership of the Constantinian Order
- "Cadency of the Spanish Royal House" (in Spanish). José Juan Carrión Rangel, Blog de heráldica. Retrieved 2009-11-29.
Infanta Margarita, Duchess of SoriaBorn: 6 March 1939
Manfredo de Borbón
|Duchess of Hernani
1981 – present
Alfonso Zurita y de Borbón