Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba, 18th Duchess of Medinaceli

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Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba
Duchess of Medinaceli (more...)
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Duchess of Medinaceli
Tenure July 13, 1956 – August 18, 2013
Predecessor Luis Fernández de Córdoba, 17th Duke of Medinaceli
Heir Apparent Prince Marco of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Spouse(s) Rafael de Medina y Vilallonga (m. 1938; dec. 1992)

Issue

Ana Luisa de Medina, 13th Marquise of Navahermosa
Luis de Medina, 9th Duke of Santisteban del Puerto
Rafael de Medina, 19th Duke of Feria
Ignacio de Medina, 19th Duke of Segorbe
Full name
María Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba, Fernández de Henestrosa, Salabert y Gayoso de los Cobos
Noble family House of Medinaceli
House of Cordoba
Father Luis Fernández de Córdoba, 17th Duke of Medinaceli
Mother Ana María Fernández de Henestrosa y Gayoso de los Cobos
Born (1917-04-16)April 16, 1917
Medinaceli Palace, Madrid
Died August 18, 2013(2013-08-18) (aged 96)
Pilatos Palace, Seville
Buried Tavera Hospital, Toledo

Doña Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba y Fernández de Henestrosa, 18th Duchess of Medinaceli, Grandee of Spain, pronounced: [bikˈtoɾja ewˈxenja feɾˈnandeθ de ˈkoɾðoβa i feɾˈnandeθ de enesˈtɾosa] (April 16, 1917 – August 18, 2013) was in her own right the 18th Duchess of Medinaceli, head of the Spanish noble House of Medinaceli and patron of the Ducal House of Medinaceli Foundation. She died in Seville, on August 18, 2013.[1]

Background[edit]

Doña Victoria was born the eldest daughter of Don Luis Jesús Fernández de Córdoba y Salabert, XVII Duke of Medinaceli and Doña Ana María Fernández de Henestrosa y Gayoso de los Cobos. She was married to Rafael de Medina y Vilallonga in Seville, on December 1, 1938 and succeeded to the dukedom in 1956, upon her father's death. Before that she was known as the XVI Duchess of Alcalá de los Gazules, courtesy title granted by her father. The Duchess is the most titled noblewoman in Spain, holding one of the oldest dukedoms in the Kingdom.

In 1980 the Duchess established the Ducal House of Medinaceli Foundation that manages among others the Casa de Pilatos in Sevilla, her primary residence, the Hospital de San Juan Bautista in Toledo, and the Palacio de Oca in Galicia.[2]

Family[edit]

The Duchess married in Seville, the 12 January 1938, Rafael de Medina y Villallonga, Knight of the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla and Mayor of Seville from 1943 to 1947. The Duke was son of Luis de Medina y Garvey, second son of the 4th Marquis of Esquivel, and Amelia de Vilallonga e Ibarra. Children:

  • Doña Ana Luisa de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba, 12th Marquise of Navahermosa (b. 2 May 1940 -d. 7 Mar 2012), who married firstly in Seville, the 3 June 1961, Prince Maximilian Emmanuel of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, of the Hohenlohe princely family, brother of Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. Divorced in 1982, she married secondly, in 1985, Jaime de Urzáiz y Fernández del Castillo. Children from her first marriage:
    • Prince Marco of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (b. 8 March 1962), married in Ronda the 1 June 1996 to Sandra Schmidt-Polex, with issue.
    • Prince Pablo of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (b. 5 March 1963), married in Tavera Monastery, Toledo, the 6 June 2002, with María del Prado y Muguiro, daughter of Juan Carlos del Prado, 11th Marquis of Caicedo, and Teresa de Muguiro y Pidal, with issue.
    • Princess Flavia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (b. 9 March 1964), married in Seville, the 10 November 1990, with her second cousin José Luis de Vilallonga y Sanz, with issue.
  • Don Luis de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba, 9th Duke of Santisteban del Puerto, Grandee of Spain (b. 4 June 1941 - d. 9 Feb 2011), who married in Seville, the 1 December 1985, Mercedes Conradi y Ramírez. Daughters:
    • Doña Victoria Francisca de Medina y Conradi (b. 4 October 1986).
    • Doña Casilda de Medina y Conradi (b. 16 May 1989).

Ancestry[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

Titles[edit]

Dukedoms[edit]

Arms of the Ducal House of Medinaceli
  • 18th Duchess of Medinaceli, Grandee of Spain
  • 19th Duchess of Segorbe, Grandee of Spain -Ceded to her son Don Ignacio
  • 16th Duchess of Alcalá de los Gazules, Grandee of Spain
  • 18th Duchess of Feria, Grandee of Spain -Ceded to her son Don Rafael
  • 12th Duchess of Camiña, Grandee of Spain
  • 8th Duchess of Santisteban del Puerto, Grandee of Spain -Ceded to her son Don Luis
  • 13th Duchess of Ciudad Real, Grandee of Spain
  • 4th Duchess of Denia, Grandee of Spain
  • 4th Duchess of Tarifa, Grandee of Spain

Marquisates[edit]

  • 17th Marquise of Priego, Grandee of Spain
  • 17th Marquise of Camarasa, Grandee of Spain
  • 14th Marquise of Aitona, Grandee of Spain
  • 11th Marquise of la Torrecilla, Grandee of Spain
  • 17th Marquise of Denia
  • 20th Marquise of Pallars
  • 17th Marquise of Comares
  • 19th Marquise of Tarifa
  • 17th Marquise of las Navas
  • 15th Marquise of Villalba -Ceded to her son Don Rafael
  • 14th Marquise of Alcalá de la Alameda
  • 15th Marquise of Villafranca
  • 14th Marquise of Malagón
  • 15th Marquise of Montalbán
  • 13th Marquise of Solera -Ceded to her son Don Luis
  • 12th Marquise of Navahermosa -Ceded to her daughter Doña Ana
  • 14th Marquise of Cilleruelo
  • 9th Marquise of San Miguel das Penas and la Mota

Countships[edit]

  • 17th Countess of Santa Gadea, Grandee of Spain
  • 52nd Countess of Ampurias -Ceded to her son Don Ignacio
  • 26th Countess of Prades
  • 22nd Countess of Osona
  • 22nd Countess of Castrojeriz
  • 20th Countess of Cocentaina
  • 19th Countess of Medellín
  • 19th Countess of the Risco
  • 24th Countess of Buendía
  • 19th Countess of the Molares, Adelantada Mayor of Andalusia
  • 14th Countess of Villalonso
  • 16th Countess of Castellar
  • 15th Countess of Ricla -Ceded to her son Don Ignacio
  • 14th Countess of Aramayona
  • 15th Countess of Amarante
  • 12th Countess of Alcoutim
  • 12th Countess of Valenza and Valladares
  • 10th Countess of Moriana del Río -Ceded to her son Don Luis
  • 8th Countess of Ofalia -Ceded to her daughter Doña Ana

Viscountcies[edit]

  • 46th Viscountess of Bas
  • 44th Viscountess of Cabrera
  • 42nd Viscountess of Vilamur
  • 12th Viscountess of Linares

Styles[edit]

  • The Most Excellent Doña Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba y Fernández de Henestrosa (1917–1951).[3]
  • The Most Excellent The Duchess of Alcalá de los Azules (1951–1956).
  • The Most Excellent The Duchess of Medinaceli (1956-2013).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fallece la duquesa de Medinaceli El Mundo
  2. ^ Fundación Casa Ducal de Medinaceli 
  3. ^ Heirs apparents of Grandees of Spain share their style, which is The Most Excellent. Francisco López-Nieto y Mallo, Honores y Protocolo, 2 Volumes, Consultor, 2006. ISBN 84-7052-290-6 and ISBN 978-84-7052-290-1
Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba
Born: 16 April 1917 Died: 18 August 2013
Spanish nobility
Preceded by
Luis Fernández de Córdoba
Duchess of Medinaceli, etc.
1956-2013
Succeeded by
Vacant
Duchess of Feria; Marchioness of Villalba
1956-1969
Succeeded by
Rafael de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba
Duchess of Santisteban del Puerto
Marchioness of Solero

1956-1969
Succeeded by
Luis de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba
Duchess of Segorbe
Countess of Ampurias; Countess of Ricla
Countess of Moriana del Río

1956-1969
Succeeded by
Ignacio de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba
Marchioness of Navahermosa
Countess of Ofalia

1956-1969
Succeeded by
Ana de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba