Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz

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Infanta Pilar
Infanta of Spain
Duchess of Badajoz
Dowager Viscountess de la Torre
Pilar de Borbón, Infanta de España y Duquesa de Badajoz.jpg
Born (1936-07-30) 30 July 1936 (age 80)
Cannes, French Third Republic
Spouse Luis Gómez-Acebo, Viscount de la Torre (m. 1967; d. 1991)
Issue Simoneta Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón
Juan Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón, Viscount de la Torre
Bruno Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón
Luis Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón
Fernando Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón
Full name
María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana Victoria Luisa Ignacia y Todos los Santos (et omnes sancti) 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 de la Torre (María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana Victoria Luisa Ignacia y Todos los Santos de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias or more simply Pilar de Borbón[1]) (born 30 July 1936, in Cannes) 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 in Portugal.

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] He was the fourth of six children, of Jaime Gómez-Acebo y Modet (ca. 1900 – ?) and wife (m. 1927) Isabel Duque de Estrada y Vereterra, 9th Marchioness de Deleitosa (ca. 1903 – ?).[citation needed] Jaime Gómez-Acebo y Modet was a son of the 3rd Marquess de Cortina and an uncle of Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela.[citation needed] They had five children:

  • HE Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (born 28 October/31 October 1968). She married in Palma de Mallorca on 12 September 1990 José Miguel Fernández y Sastrón, later Fernández-Sastrón (born 14 June 1959), son of Jorge Fernández y Menéndez and wife Eloísa Ana Sastrón y Herrera. They divorced on 16 October 2012.[2] They have two sons and one daughter:
    • Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (born 23 September 1991)
    • Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (born 4 May 1995)
    • María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (born 17 January 2000), whose godfather is Felipe VI of Spain[citation needed]
  • HE Don Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (born 6 December 1969), ?th Viscount de la Torre. On 2 January 2014 he married Winston Holmes Carney in the Consulate of Spain in Miami.[citation needed][3] They have one child:
  • HE Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (born 15 June 1971), married in Madrid at the Church of la Encarnación on 5 October 2002 Bárbara Cano y de la Plaza[citation needed] and they have three sons:
  • HE Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (born 20 May 1973), married model Laura Ponte y Martínez at La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, on 18 September 2004; separation confirmed in July 2009.[4] They divorced in 2011,[5] and have a son and a daughter:
    • Luis Felipe Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (born 1 July 2005), whose godfather is Felipe VI of Spain[citation needed]
    • Laura Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (born 1 July 2006)[citation needed] On 27 February 2016 Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón married Andrea Pascual Vicens at his mother's home in Puerta de Hierro, Madrid.[citation needed] Don Luis Beltrán and his second wife had a son:
    • Juan Gómez-Acebo y Pascual (born 17 July 2016)[6][7]
  • HE 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. They have a son:
    • Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Halamandari (born 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.{{FEI Presidents}} 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.[11]

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.[citation needed]

From 2007 to 2009 she was President of Europa Nostra, the pan-European federation for cultural heritage.[citation needed]

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.[12]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles[edit]

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

Honours[edit]

National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]

Arms[edit]

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Ancestry[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. ^ (22-10-2012)Simoneta and José Miguel divorced Hola.com (Spanish)
  3. ^ Civil Wedding of the Viscount de la Torre bekia.es
  4. ^ Separation of Beltrán Gómez-Acebo and Laura Ponte noblesseetroyautes.com
  5. ^ (2011) Divorce of Beltrán Gómez-Acebo vanitatis.com (Spanish)
  6. ^ Vanitatis
  7. ^ Vanitatis
  8. ^ . .thepeerage.com http://www.thepeerage.com/p8948.htm#i89480.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ (2011)Interview with Mónica Martín Luque Hola
  10. ^ Vanitatis (Spanish)
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ (3 April 2016) The Power Players, Juan Carlos I of Spain - Pilar de Borbón The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, retrieved 5 April 2016
  13. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado
  14. ^ Geneall
  15. ^ Wedding of Juan Carlos of Spain and Sophia of Greece
  16. ^ Membership of the Constantinian Order Archived 2012-03-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ Portugal Archived 2013-04-04 at WebCite
  18. ^ Portugal State visit to Spain
  19. ^ (Spanish) Royal Cadency of Spain-Standards. Blog de Heráldica – 1 November 2010. (Retrieved 10 October 2012)
  20. ^ "Cadency of the Spanish Royal House" (in Spanish). José Juan Carrión Rangel, Blog de heráldica. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  21. ^ Proyecto Galicia : Serie de Heráldica Genealogía y Nobiliaria. T. V (LVIII). La Coruña: Hércules de Ediciones, 2011. ISBN 978-84-92715-31-2. P. 529.

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