Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz

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Infanta Pilar
Duchess of Badajoz
Dowager Viscountess of La Torre
Pilar de Borbón.jpg
Born (1936-07-30) 30 July 1936 (age 82)
Cannes, French Third Republic
Spouse
Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, Viscount of La Torre
(m. 1967; d. 1991)
Issue Simoneta Gómez-Acebo y Borbón
Juan Gómez-Acebo y Borbón, Viscount of La Torre
Bruno Gómez-Acebo y Borbón
Luis Gómez-Acebo y Borbón
Fernando Gómez-Acebo y Borbón
Full name
María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana Victoria Luisa Ignacia y Todos los Santos de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias
House Bourbon
Father Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona
Mother Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Religion Roman Catholicism

Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess of la Torre (Spanish: María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana Victoria Luisa Ignacia y Todos los Santos de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias; born 30 July 1936), sometimes known more simply as Pilar de Borbón[1] is the elder daughter of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona and Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, and older sister of King Juan Carlos I. She has also a younger sister, Infanta Margarita of Spain.

Early life[edit]

Infanta Pilar spent her early years at the royal family's home in exile at Estoril on the Portuguese Riviera.

She was a bridesmaid at the 1962 wedding of her brother Prince Juan Carlos of Spain and Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark in Athens.

Marriage and family[edit]

Pilar needed to renounce her rights of succession to the Spanish throne to marry a commoner as stipulated by the Pragmatic Sanction of Charles III on marriages of members of the royal family; later in 1987 she was made Infanta, ad personam, by her brother King Juan Carlos with the style of Royal Highness.[2]

She married Don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, Viscount de la Torre, Grandee of Spain (Madrid, 23 December 1934 – Madrid, 9 March 1991) on 5 May 1967 in Lisbon, Portugal at Jerónimos Monastery.[citation needed] They had five children:

  • Her Excellency Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (31 October 1968) she married José Miguel Fernández-Sastrón on 12 September 1990 and they were divorce on 16 October 2012.[3] They have three children:
    • Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (23 September 1991)
    • Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (4 May 1995)
    • María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (17 January 2000)
  • His Excellency Don Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón, Vizconde de la Torre (6 December 1969) he married Winston Holmes Carney on 2 January 2014.[4] They have one son:
  • His Excellency Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (15 June 1971) he married árbara Cano y de la Plaza[citation needed] on 5 October 2002. They have three sons:
  • His Excellency Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (20 May 1973) he married Laura Ponte y Martínez on 18 September 2004 and they were divorce on 2011.[5] They have two children. He remarried Andrea Pascual Vicens on 27 February 2016. They have one son:
  • His Excellency Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (born 13 September 1974),[8] married Mónica Martín Luque in Madrid on 27 November 2004. Separation was announced in July 2011,[9] and they divorced in January 2013.[10] On 31 May 2016 Fernando married journalist Nadia Halamandari in Palaio Faliro, Athens. Later divorced. They have a son:
    • Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Halamandari (5 June 2016)

Equestrian sport[edit]

Pilar de Borbón has been supporting international equestrian sport. She was President of the International Equestrian Federation from 1994 to 2006, succeeded by HRH Princess Haya bint al Hussein.[11] She wrote the foreword of the official Spanish translation of the national instruction handbook of the German National Equestrian Federation, Técnicas Avanzadas de Equitación - Manual Oficial de Instrucción de la Federación Ecuestre Alemana.[12]

From 1996 to 2006 she was a member of the International Olympic Committee for Spain, when she became an honorary member, and Member of the Executive Board of the Spanish Olympic Committee.[13]

Financial holdings[edit]

Mossack Fonseca files document that in August 1974, Pilar de Borbón became president and director of the Panama-registered company Delantera Financiera SA (registered May 1969) with her husband as secretary-treasurer and director. In 1993, London-based Timothy Lloyd who had represented the undisclosed owner of the company said that Pilar de Borbón owned it. After March 1993, the intermediary representing the company was Madrid-based Gómez-Acebo & Pombo (es) Abogados, a law firm founded by Pilar de Borbón's brother-in-law Ignacio Gómez-Acebo (es). From July 2006 until its dissolution in June 2014 Pilar de Borbón's son Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo Borbón was director and treasurer of the company.[14]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 30 July 1936 - 13 April 1967: Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain
  • 13 April 1967 - 5 June 1967: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Badajoz
  • 5 June 1967 - 9 March 1991: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Badajoz, Viscountess of La Torre
  • 9 March 1991 – present: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess of La Torre

The Infanta's style and title in full: Her Royal Highness Doña María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana Victoria Luisa Ignacia de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias de Gómez-Acebo, Infanta of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess of La Torre.

Honours[edit]

National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]


Ancestors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Infanta Pilar's actual given name is María del Pilar; however, due to the high number of women in Spain named María, as is the convention, she uses the name Pilar. For more information, see Spanish names,
  2. ^ "BOE.es - Documento BOE-A-1987-25284". Boe.es. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  3. ^ Us.Hola.com; Hola.com. "Simoneta Gómez-Acebo y José Miguel Fernández-Sastrón firman el divorcio de mutuo acuerdo - Noticias - hola.com". us.hola.com. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  4. ^ Civil Wedding of the Viscount de la Torre Bekia.es
  5. ^ (2011) Divorce of Beltrán Gómez-Acebo Vanitatis.com (in Spanish)
  6. ^ "Beltrán y Andrea Pascual dan la bienvenida a su hijo dos meses antes de lo previsto. Noticias de Casas Reales". Vanitatis.elconfidencial.com. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  7. ^ "El hijo de Andrea Pascual y Beltrán Gómez-Acebo evoluciona bien y ya tiene nombre. Noticias de Casas Reales". Vanitatis.elconfidencial.com. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  8. ^ "The Peerage". .thepeerage.com.
  9. ^ "Exclusiva en ¡HOLA!: Mónica Martin Luque y Fernando Gómez-Acebo se separan". Hola.com. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "FEI Presidents since 1921". Fei.org. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  12. ^ Federación Ecuestre Alemana (2012). Picobello Publishing. ed. Técnicas Avanzadas de Equitación - Manual Oficial de Instrucción de la Federación Ecuestre Alemana. Picobello Publishing. pp. 278. ISBN 9788493672188.
  13. ^ "HRH the Infanta Doña Pilar de BORBÓN". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  14. ^ (3 April 2016) The Power Players, Juan Carlos I of Spain - Pilar de Borbón The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, retrieved 5 April 2016
  15. ^ "Boletín Oficial del Estado" (PDF). Boe.es. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Maria del Pilar de Borbón, duquesa de Badajoz, * 1936 - Geneall.net". Geneall.net. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  17. ^ (in Spanish) Royal Decree 1297/2002 Infanta Pilar of Spain member of the Royal Order of the Sports Merit.) Boe.es
  18. ^ Wedding of Juan Carlos of Spain and Sophia of Greece Archived 2014-03-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ Membership of the Constantinian Order Archived 2012-03-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ Portugal Archived 2013-04-04 at WebCite
  21. ^ "Casa de Su Majestad el Rey de España : Actividades y Agenda : Cena de Gala ofrecida por Sus Majestades los Reyes en honor de SS.EE. el Presidente de la República de Portugal y Sra. de Cavaco Silva". Casareal.es. Retrieved 15 July 2018.