Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria

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Infanta Margarita
Infanta of Spain; Duchess of Soria, 2nd Duchess of Hernani
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Soria cropped.jpg
The Duchess and Duke of Soria and Hernani
Duchess of Hernani
Tenure 6 January 1979 – Present
Predecessor Manfredo de Borbón
Heir apparent Alfonso Juan Carlos Zurita y de Borbón
Born (1939-03-06) 6 March 1939 (age 78)
Rome, Kingdom of Italy
Spouse Carlos Zurita (m. 1972)
Issue Alfonso Zurita y de Borbón
María Zurita y de Borbón
Full name
Margarita María de la Victoria Esperanza Jacoba Felicidad Perpetua de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias
House Bourbon
Father Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona
Mother Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Religion Roman Catholicism

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

Early life[edit]

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]

Marriage[edit]

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).

Succession[edit]

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).

Activities[edit]

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, Grande de España, Duchess of Hernani, Grande de España.

Honours[edit]

National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]


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. ^ (Spanish) [1] Universidad de Valladolid, Nota de Prensa 09-01-30 (accessed on 11 December 2009)
  5. ^ http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2385/2311569459_9cdd9cdcae_o.jpg
  6. ^ https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/7a/57/58/7a5758200e7d1086b3d8335193f014cd.jpg
  7. ^ Geneall
  8. ^ (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)
  9. ^ Wedding of Juan Carlos of Spain and Sophia of Greece
  10. ^ https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/e6/9f/64/e69f64c3d5fb5a24a4f7a1e070e392b4.jpg
  11. ^ http://m1.paperblog.com/i/212/2125189/ceguera-monarquia-europea-L-yGkYnj.jpeg
  12. ^ Portugal Archived 4 April 2013 at WebCite
  13. ^ Portugal State visit to Spain
  14. ^ Membership of the Constantinian Order Archived 5 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria
Born: 6 March 1939
Spanish nobility
Preceded by
Don. Manfredo de Bourbón, 1st Duke of Hernani, 3rd Duke of Ansola, 2nd Marquess of Atarfe
Duchess of Hernani
1981 – present
Incumbent
Heir:
Alfonso Zurita y de Borbón