Carlos Zurita, Duke of Soria

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Carlos Zurita
Duke of Soria and Hernani
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Soria cropped.jpg
Carlos and his wife, Margarita, in 2010
Born (1943-10-09) 9 October 1943 (age 79)
Antequera, Málaga, Spain
(m. 1972)
IssueDon Alfonso Zurita y de Borbón
Doña María Zurita y de Borbón
Carlos Emilio Juan Zurita y Delgado
FatherCarlos Zurita y González-Vidalte
MotherMaría del Carmen Delgado y Fernández de Santaella

Carlos Emilio Juan Zurita y Delgado, Duke of Soria and Hernani (born 9 October 1943 in Antequera), is a Spanish physician and the husband of Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria. He is a brother-in-law of King Juan Carlos I and the uncle of the current Spanish king, Felipe VI.

He was born to Carlos Zurita y González-Vidalte[1] and wife María del Carmen Delgado y Fernández de Santaella[2] in Antequera, Málaga, Spain.

The Duke of Soria is a retired medical doctor, as his father, and was a specialist in the respiratory and circulatory system. He studied at the medical faculty of the University of Seville, where he obtained a licentiate in medicine with accompanying award "Premio Extraordinario de Licenciatura" for extraordinary merit in 1967.[3] He received his doctorate with a scholarship at the Spanish College in Bologna, Italy. In 1971, the duke gained the position of teacher service manager of the Spanish National College of the Thorax Illness.[4]

He married Infanta Margarita, on 12 October 1972 in Estoril at St. Anthony's Church. They have two children:

  • Don Alfonso Juan Carlos Zurita y de Borbón (b. Madrid, 9 August 1973).
  • Doña María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón (b. Madrid, 16 September 1975). She has a son, Carlos, born on 28 April 2018 in Madrid.[5]

In 1989, the Duke and the Duchess of Soria created the Fundación Cultural Duques de Soria (The Duke and Duchess of Soria Cultural Foundation), its objective is to stimulate the Spanish language and culture. The Foundation cooperates with universities and Spanish cultural institutions to contribute the cultural and scientific development in Spain.[6]

The Duke of Soria is President of the Spanish Federation of the Museums Friends Associations and President of the Friends of Prado Museum Foundation. He also is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine.[4]


In 2003, the Duke and Duchess of Soria were appointed Grand Cross of the Order of Alfonso X the Wise of Spain.[7]


  1. ^ Obituary of his father
  2. ^ (in Spanish) (accessed 2 November 2008)
  3. ^ Los títulos de la familia del Rey - website of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo
  4. ^ a b (in Spanish) Anales de la Real Academia Nacional de Medicina Archived January 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine, Duke of Soria’s laudatio in his appointment as member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine by Hipólito Durán Sacristán, 235-242. (accessed 2 November 2008)
  5. ^ Vanitatis
  6. ^ (in Spanish) The Duke and Duchess of Soria Cultural Foundation website. (accessed 2 November 2008)
  7. ^ (in Spanish) Royal Decree 484/2003 The Duke of Soria member of the Spanish Royal Order of Alfonso X. BOE, Spanish Official Journal. (accessed 2 November 2008)

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