Infanta Margarita, 2nd Duchess of Hernani


Infanta Margarita, 2nd Duchess of Hernani
Infanta Margarita
Duchess of Soria
The Duchess and Duke of Soria and Hernani
Duchess of Hernani
Predecessor Manfredo de Borbón
Spouse Carlos Zurita
Issue
Alfonso Juan Carlos Zurita y de Borbón
María Sofia Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón
Full name
Margarita María de la Victoria Esperanza Jacoba Felicidad Perpetua y Todos los Santos (et omnes sancti)
House House of Bourbon
Father Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona
Mother Princess Maria Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Born 6 March 1939 (1939-03-06) (age 72)
Rome, Italy
Religion Roman Catholicism

The Infanta Margarita of Spain, Duchess of Soria, 2nd Duchess of Hernani, Grandee of Spain (Doña Margarita María de la Victoria Esperanza Jacoba Felicidad Perpetua y Todos los Santos (et omnes Sancti) de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias) (born Rome, 6 March 1939), is the younger daughter of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona and Princess Maria Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, and younger sister of current reigning King Juan Carlos of Spain and Sister of Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz. Margarita has been blind since birth. She is the great, great granddaughter of Queen Victoria.[1]

She married Carlos Emilio Juan Zurita y Delgado (a medical doctor born in 1943) on 12 October 1972 in Estoril. They have two children:

  • Alfonso Juan Carlos Zurita y de Borbón (b. Madrid, 9 August 1973)
  • María Sofia Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón (b. Madrid, 16 September 1975)

Margarita renounced her right of succession upon marriage, but her renunciation took place before the adoption of the Spanish Constitution and was not ratified by the Cortes.

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. The next month, on 23 June 1981, she was granted her own dukedom for life, and became Duchess of Soria.

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.

Contents

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles

  • 26 July 1960 – 6 January 1979: Her Royal Highness Infanta Margarita of Spain
  • 6 January 1979 – 23 June 1981: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Hernani
  • 23 June 1981 – : Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Hernani and Soria
Royal styles of
Infanta Margarita of Spain
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Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

The Infanta's style and title in full: Her Royal Highness Margarita María de la Victoria Esperanza Jacoba Felicidad Perpetua de Todos los Santos, Infanta of Spain, Duchess of Soria, Duhess of Hernani.

Honours

Orders
  • The Grand Cross of the Order of Alfonso X.[3]

Arms

Ancestry

References

Spanish Royal Family
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HM The King
HM The Queen

v · d · e
  1. ^ Doña Margot. La Infanta más marchosa
  2. ^ (Spanish) [1] Universidad de Valladolid, Nota de Prensa 09-01-30 (accessed on 11 December 2009)
  3. ^ (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)
  4. ^ "(Spanish) Cadency of the Spanish Royal House". José Juan Carrión Rangel, Blog de heráldica. http://blogdeheraldica.blogspot.com/2009/04/conceptos-heraldicos-iv-la-brisura-en.html. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 

External links

Infanta Margarita, 2nd Duchess of Hernani
Cadet branch of the Capetian dynasty
Born: 6 March 1939
Spanish nobility
Preceded by
Manfredo de Borbón, 1st Duke of Hernani
Duchess of Hernani Incumbent
Heir:
Alfonso Zurita y de Borbón

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