Infante Jaime, Duke of Segovia

Infante Jaime, Duke of Segovia

Infante Jaime of Spain, Duke of Segovia ("Jaime Luitpold Isabelino Enrique Alberto Alfonso Victor Acacio Pedro Maria de Borbón y Battenberg") (June 23, 1908- March 20, 1975), was the second son of King Alfonso XIII of Spain and his wife Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg. He was born in the royal palace of Granja de San Ildefonso in Segovia.

Because he was deaf-mute as the result of a childhood operation, he renounced his rights to the Spanish throne for himself and his descendants on June 23, 1933. He then became Duke of Segovia. In 1941, however, he proclaimed himself the legitimate heir to the French throne and head of the House of Bourbon, as was known as the Duke of Anjou. He was known to the French legitimists as "Henri VI" (since 1957, he signed all documents as "Jacques Henri").

Jaime married in Rome on March 4, 1935 Victoire Jeanne Joséphine "Emmanuelle" de Dampierre (born November 8 1913), a businesswoman, daughter of the French nobleman Don Roger de Dampierre, 2nd Duke of San Lorenzo and Viscount of Dampierre, Nobleman of Viterbo (1892-1975) and of the Italian princess Donna Vittoria Ruspoli (1892-1982), daughter of Emanuele Ruspoli, 1st Prince of Poggio Suasa and third wife American Josephine Mary Curtiss, and they had two sons, named for Jaime's hemophiliac brothers, Alfonso and Gonzalo:
* Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz (1936 – 1989).
* Gonzalo, Duke of Aquitaine (1937 - 2000).

Don Jaime and Emmanuelle de Dampierre Ruspoli divorced on 1947 in Bucharest (recognized by the Italian courts in 1949 but never recognized in Spain) and, on August 3, 1949 in Innsbruck, Don Jaime remarried to divorced singer Charlotte Luise Auguste Tiedemann (1919-1979). However, in the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church and of the French legitimists, Emmanuelle de Dampierre remained always his wife.

On December 6, 1949, Don Jaime took back his renunciation of the throne of Spain. On May 3, 1964, he took the title Duke of Madrid as head of the carlist branch of the Spanish succession (recognized as King Jaime IV [Technically he was Jaime I of Spain, whose Kings followed the counting of the Kings of Castile, but he was counted after the previous Kings of Aragon.] of Spain by a sizable group of Carlists). On July 19, 1969, Don Jaime definitively renounced the Spanish succession in favour of his nephew, current King Juan Carlos I of Spain, by petition of his son Alfonso de Borbón.

Don Jaime died on St. Gall Cantonal Hospital in Switzerland on March 20, 1975. He is buried at the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.


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1= 1. Infante Jaime, Duke of Segovia
2= 2. Alfonso XIII of Spain
3= 3. Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg
4= 4. Alfonso XII of Spain
5= 5. Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria
6= 6. Prince Henry of Battenberg
7= 7. Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom
8= 8. Francis of Spain
9= 9. Isabella II of Spain
10= 10. Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria
11= 11. Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria
12= 12. Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine
13= 13. Countess Julia von Hauke
14= 14. Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
15= 15. Victoria of the United Kingdom
16= 16. Infante Francisco de Paula of Spain
17= 17. Princess Luisa Carlotta of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
18= 18. Ferdinand VII of Spain
19= 19. Princess Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies
20= 20. Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen
21= 21. Princess Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg
22= 22. Archduke Joseph, Palatine of Hungary
23= 23. Duchess Maria Dorothea of Württemberg
24= 24. Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse
25= 25. Princess Wilhelmine of Baden
26= 26. Count John Maurice von Hauke
27= 27. Sophie la Fontaine
28= 28. Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
29= 29. Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
30= 30. Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearn
31= 31. Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
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Zavala, José M. "Don Jaime, el trágico Borbón: la maldición del hijo sordomudo de Alfonso XIII". Madrid: La Esfera de los Libros, 2006. ISBN 8497345657.

Aranguren, Begoña. "Emanuela de Dampierre: memorias, esposa y madre de los Borbones que pudieron reinar en España". Madrid: Esfera de los Libros, 2003. ISBN 8497341414.


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