Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba, 18th Duchess of Medinaceli

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Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba
Duchess of Medinaceli (more...)
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Duchess of Medinaceli
Tenure 13 July 1956 – 18 August 2013
Predecessor Luis Fernández de Córdoba, 17th Duke of Medinaceli
Successor Prince Marco of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, 19th Duke of Medinaceli[1]
Spouse(s) Rafael de Medina y Vilallonga (m. 1938; dec. 1992)
Issue
Ana Luisa de Medina, 13th Marquise of Navahermosa
Luis de Medina, 9th Duke of Santisteban del Puerto
Rafael de Medina, 19th Duke of Feria
Ignacio de Medina, 19th Duke of Segorbe
Full name
María Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba, Fernández de Henestrosa, Salabert y Gayoso de los Cobos
Family House of Medinaceli
House of Cordoba
Father Luis Fernández de Córdoba, 17th Duke of Medinaceli
Mother Ana María Fernández de Henestrosa y Gayoso de los Cobos
Born (1917-04-16)16 April 1917
Medinaceli Palace, Madrid, Spain
Died 18 August 2013(2013-08-18) (aged 96)
Pilatos Palace, Seville, Spain
Buried Tavera Hospital, Toledo, Spain

Doña Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba y Fernández de Henestrosa pronounced: [bikˈtoɾja ewˈxenja feɾˈnandeθ de ˈkoɾðoβa i feɾˈnandeθ de enesˈtɾosa] (16 April 1917 – 18 August 2013) was 18th Duchess of Medinaceli in her own right and a Grandee of Spain, head of the Spanish noble House of Medinaceli and patron of the Ducal House of Medinaceli Foundation.

Her Most Excellency died in Seville, on 18 August 2013, aged 96.[2]

Background[edit]

Doña Victoria was born the eldest daughter of Don Luis Jesús Fernández de Córdoba y Salabert, 17th Duke of Medinaceli and Doña Ana María Fernández de Henestrosa y Gayoso de los Cobos. She married Rafael de Medina y Vilallonga at Seville on 1 December 1938 and succeeded to the dukedom in 1956, upon her father's death. Before that she was styled as 16th Duchess of Alcalá de los Gazules, a courtesy title granted by her father. The Duchess was the most titled noblewoman in Spain, and holder of one of its most ancient dukedoms.[3]

In 1980 the Duchess established the Ducal House of Medinaceli Foundation which manages the Casa de Pilatos in Sevilla, her principal residence, as well as the Hospital de San Juan Bautista in Toledo and the Palacio de Oca in Galicia.[4]

Family[edit]

The Duchess married, on 12 January 1938 at Seville, Rafael de Medina y Vilallonga, Knight of the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla and Mayor of Seville from 1943–47. The Duke was son of Luis de Medina y Garvey, second son of the 4th Marquis of Esquivel, and Amelia de Vilallonga e Ibarra. Children:

  • Doña Ana Luisa de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba, 12th Marquise of Navahermosa (b. 2 May 1940 - d. 7 March 2012), who married firstly at Seville, the 3 June 1961, Prince Maximilian Emmanuel of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, of the Hohenlohe princely family, brother of Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. Divorced in 1982, she married secondly, in 1985, Jaime de Urzáiz y Fernández del Castillo, Minister of Culture. Children from her first marriage:
    • Prince Marco of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (b. 8 March 1962 - d. 19 August 2016), married at Ronda, on 1 June 1996, Sandra Schmidt-Polex, daughter of Hans Carl Schmidt-Polex, and Karin Goepfer, having issue.
    • Prince Pablo of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (b. 5 March 1963), married at Tavera Monastery, Toledo on 6 June 2002, María del Prado y Muguiro, daughter of Juan Carlos del Prado, 11th Marquis of Caicedo, and Teresa de Muguiro y Pidal, having issue.
    • Princess Flavia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (b. 9 March 1964), married at Seville, on 10 November 1990, her second cousin José Luis de Vilallonga y Sanz, having issue.
  • Don Luis de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba, 9th Duke of Santisteban del Puerto, Grandee of Spain (b. 4 June 1941 - d. 9 Feb 2011), who married at Seville, on 1 December 1985, Mercedes Conradi y Ramírez. Daughters:
    • Doña Victoria Francisca de Medina y Conradi y Ramírez (b. 4 October 1986), married at Sevilla in 2014, Miguel José Coca y Barrionuevo.
    • Doña Casilda de Medina y Conradi y Ramírez (b. 16 May 1989).
  • Don Rafael de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba, 19th Duke of Feria, Grandee of Spain (b. 10 August 1942 - d. 5 August 2001), married at the Hermitage of El Rocío, Almonte, Natividad Abascal y Romero-Toro (divorced in 1989). Children:
  • Don Ignacio de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba, 19th Duke of Segorbe, Grandee of Spain (b. 23 February 1947), married at Seville, on 24 October 1985, Princess Maria da Glória of Orléans-Braganza, daughter of Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza and wife Princess Maria de la Esperanza of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. Daughters:
    • Doña Sol María de la Blanca de Medina y Orléans-Braganza, 54th Countess of Ampurias (b. 8 August 1986).
    • Doña Ana Luna de Medina y Orléans-Braganza, 17th Countess of Ricla (b. 4 May 1988).

Ancestry[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

Titles[edit]

Dukedoms[edit]

Arms of the Ducal House of Medinaceli

Marquisates[edit]

  • 17th Marquise of Priego, Grandee of Spain
  • 17th Marquise of Camarasa, Grandee of Spain
  • 14th Marquise of Aitona, Grandee of Spain
  • 11th Marquise of la Torrecilla, Grandee of Spain
  • 17th Marquise of Denia
  • 20th Marquise of Pallars
  • 17th Marquise of Comares
  • 19th Marquise of Tarifa
  • 17th Marquise of las Navas
  • 15th Marquise of Villalba -Ceded to her son Don Rafael
  • 14th Marquise of Alcalá de la Alameda
  • 15th Marquise of Villafranca
  • 14th Marquise of Malagón
  • 15th Marquise of Montalbán
  • 13th Marquise of Solera -Ceded to her son Don Luis
  • 12th Marquise of Navahermosa -Ceded to her daughter Doña Ana
  • 14th Marquise of Cilleruelo
  • 9th Marquise of San Miguel das Penas and la Mota

Countships[edit]

  • 17th Countess of Santa Gadea, Grandee of Spain
  • 52nd Countess of Ampurias -Ceded to her son Don Ignacio
  • 26th Countess of Prades
  • 22nd Countess of Osona
  • 22nd Countess of Castrojeriz
  • 20th Countess of Cocentaina
  • 19th Countess of Medellín
  • 19th Countess of the Risco
  • 24th Countess of Buendía
  • 19th Countess of the Molares, Adelantada Mayor of Andalusia
  • 14th Countess of Villalonso
  • 16th Countess of Castellar
  • 15th Countess of Ricla -Ceded to her son Don Ignacio
  • 14th Countess of Aramayona
  • 15th Countess of Amarante
  • 12th Countess of Alcoutim
  • 12th Countess of Valenza and Valladares
  • 10th Countess of Moriana del Río -Ceded to her son Don Luis
  • 8th Countess of Ofalia -Ceded to her daughter Doña Ana

Viscountcies[edit]

  • 46th Viscountess of Bas
  • 44th Viscountess of Cabrera
  • 42nd Viscountess of Vilamur
  • 12th Viscountess of Linares

Styles[edit]

  • The Most Excellent Doña Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba y Fernández de Henestrosa (1917–1951).[5]
  • The Most Excellent The Duchess of Alcalá de los Azules (1951–1956).
  • The Most Excellent The Duchess of Medinaceli (1956-2013).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado
  2. ^ "Fallece la duquesa de Medinaceli", elmundo.es; accessed 18 February 2015.
  3. ^ www.casareal.es
  4. ^ Fundación Casa Ducal de Medinaceli, retrieved 18 February 2015 
  5. ^ Heirs apparents of Grandees of Spain share their style, which is The Most Excellent. Francisco López-Nieto y Mallo, Honores y Protocolo, 2 Volumes, Consultor, 2006. ISBN 84-7052-290-6 and ISBN 978-84-7052-290-1

External links[edit]

Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba
Born: 16 April 1917 Died: 18 August 2013
Spanish nobility
Preceded by
Luis Fernández de Córdoba
Duchess of Medinaceli, etc.
1956-2013
Succeeded by
Prince Marco of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Duchess of Feria; Marchioness of Villalba
1956-1969
Succeeded by
Rafael de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba
Duchess of Santisteban del Puerto
Marchioness of Solero

1956-1969
Succeeded by
Luis de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba
Duchess of Segorbe
Countess of Ampurias; Countess of Ricla
Countess of Moriana del Río

1956-1969
Succeeded by
Ignacio de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba
Marchioness of Navahermosa
Countess of Ofalia

1956-1969
Succeeded by
Ana de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba