- 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
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.
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)
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.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
- 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
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.
- The Grand Cross of the Order of Alfonso X.
Arms of Infanta Margarita, 2nd Duchess of Hernani Notes CrestThe crown of Infantes of Spain EscutcheonQuarterly 1stgules a castle or, triple-embattled and voided gate and windows, with three towers each triple-turreted, of the field, masoned sable and ajoure azure 2ndargent a lion rampant purpure crowned or, langued and armed 3rd or, four pallets gules and 4th gules a cross, saltire and orle of chains linked together or, a centre point vert
Argent enté en point, with a pomegranate proper seeded gules, supported, sculpted and leafed in two leaves vert.
Inescutcheon azure bordure gules, three fleurs-de-lys or.
The whole differenced by a label of three points argent, the outer points charged with a castle argent, the middle point with the head of King Alfonso VIII of Castille.
OrdersThe Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III ribbon. Symbolism
As with the Royal Arms of Spain. The first quarter are the arms of Castile, the second of León, the third of Aragon and the fourth of Navarre. Enté en point, the arms of Granada. Inescutcheon, the arms of Bourbon-Anjou.A castle argent has been the charge of the arms of Hernani, the head of King Alfonso VIII of Castille has been a charge of the arms of Soria.
Spanish Royal Family
- HRH The Prince of Asturias
HRH The Princess of Asturias
- HRH The Duchess of Lugo
- HRH The Duchess of Palma de Mallorca
HE The Duke of Palma de Mallorca
Infanta Margarita, 2nd Duchess of HernaniCadet branch of the Capetian dynastyBorn: 6 March 1939
- ^ Doña Margot. La Infanta más marchosa
- ^ (Spanish)  Universidad de Valladolid, Nota de Prensa 09-01-30 (accessed on 11 December 2009)
- ^ (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)
- ^ "(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.
Spanish nobility Preceded by
Manfredo de Borbón, 1st Duke of Hernani
Duchess of Hernani Incumbent
Alfonso Zurita y de Borbón
The generations indicate descent form Charles I, under whom the crowns of Castile and Aragon were united, forming the Kingdom of Spain. Previously, the title Infanta had been largely use in the different realms. 1st GenerationMaria, Holy Roman Empress · Joan, Princess of Portugal 2nd Generation 3rd Generation 4th Generation 5th Generationnone 6th Generationnone 7th Generation 8th GenerationInfanta Maria Isabel · Infanta Maria Josefa · Infanta María Isabel Ana · Infanta Maria Josepha · Maria Luisa, Holy Roman Empress · Infanta Maria Teresa · Infanta Maria Ana 9th Generation 10th Generation 11th GenerationIsabella, Princess of Asturias · Infanta Maria Cristina · Maria de la Concepcio · Maria de Pilar · Maria de la Paz, Princess Louis Ferdinand of Bavaria · Eulalia, Duchess of Galliera · Maria Isabella, Countess of Paris* · Infanta Amalia of Orléans* · Infanta Cristina d'Orléans* · Infanta Maria de la Regla of Orléans* · Mercedes, Queen of Spain* 12th GenerationMercedes, Princess of Asturias · Maria Teresa, Princess Ferdinand of Bavaria 13th Generation 14th GenerationPilar, Duchess of Badajoz · Margarita, Duchess of Hernani and Soria 15th Generation 16th Generation *title granted by Royal Decree
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