Francisco de Borbón y de la Torre

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Francisco de Borbón y de la Torre
Francisco de Paula de Borbon y de la Torre, duke of Seville, grand of Spain.jpg
Born(1882-01-16)16 January 1882
Madrid, Spain
Died6 December 1952(1952-12-06) (aged 70)
Madrid, Spain
SpouseEnriqueta de Borbón y Parade
IssueIsabella de Borbón
Enrique de Borbón
Francisco de Borbón y Borbón
HouseHouse of Bourbon
FatherFrancisco de Paula de Borbón y Castellví
MotherMaria Luisa de la Torre
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Francisco de Borbón y de la Torre (Spanish: Francisco de Paula de Borbón y La Torre; 16 January 1882 – 6 December 1952) was a Spanish aristocrat, military officer (Captaincy General) and member of parliament in Spain.

He was a cousin of King Alfonso XIII of Spain. As a military officer, he took part in the Spanish Civil War. He was by marriage the Duke of Seville.

Francisco de Borbón y de la Torre was authorised by his cousin King Alfonso XIII to accept the appointment as Grand Master (1935-1952) of the Order of Saint Lazarus, hence resurrecting the office that had been vacant since 1814 after the 43rd Grand Master, Louis Stanislas Xavier de France, became King Louis XVIII after the Bourbon restoration.

Family[edit]

He was the elder son of Francisco de Paula de Borbón y Castellví (1853-1942) and his morganatic wife, Maria Luisa de la Torre (1856-1887). On 21 August 1907, he married his cousin Enriqueta de Borbón y Parade (1885-1967), 4th Duchess of Seville and daughter of Enrique de Borbón y Castellví, 2nd Duke of Seville (1848-1894). From this marriage, three children were born:

Order of Saint Lazarus[edit]

Arms as Grand Master of the Order of Saint Lazarus

Francisco de Borbón y de la Torre was appointed Lieutenant-General of the Order of Saint Lazarus in 1930. Subsequently, on 12 December 1935, he was authorised by his cousin King Alfonso XIII to accept the appointment as Grand Master (1935-1952) of the Order of Saint Lazarus, hence resurrecting the office.

The symbolic value of this appointment was limited, however, by the fact that the Spanish Republic itself dissolved the royal orders in 1933.[1][2][3] The Order of Saint Lazarus in Spain was subsequently officially accepted by the Spanish Republican Government by decree dated 9 May 1940.[4]

Orders, decorations and medals[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Bander van Duren: Orders of Knighthood and Merit. The Pontifical, Religious and Secularised Catholic-founded Orders and their relationship to the Apostolic See
  2. ^ Guy Coutant de Saisseval: Les Chevaliers et Hospitaliers de Saint Lazare de Jérusalem de 1789 à 1930
  3. ^ Erich Feigl: Der militärische und hospitalische Orden des hl. Lazarus von Jerusalem. Memento. Wien: Kanzleramt des Grosspriorates von Österreich des Ordre Militaire et Hospitalier de Saint-Lazare de Jerusalem 1974
  4. ^ Boletin oficial del Estado num. 131 de fecha 10 de mayo de 1940, pg. 3177-3178.
  5. ^ BOE Nr. 244 (30. Juli 1940)
  6. ^ Nr. 274 (1. Oktober 1943)