Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Royal Profile: 16 Facts about Doña María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón

  1. Doña María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón was born 16 September 1975 as the daughter of Don Carlos Zurita y Delgado, Duke of Soria & Hernani and Infanta Margarita of Spain,  Duchess of Soria, 2nd Duchess of Hernani{Source}.
  2. She has one brother, Don Alfonso Juan Carlos Zurita y de Borbón{Source}.
  3. She is a niece of King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia.
  4. Thus a first cousin of King Felipe VI and his sisters.
  5. She is a greatx3 grandchild of Queen Victoria.
  6. Even though she is a greatx3 grandchild of Queen Victoria, she is not in line for either the Spanish or British thrones.
  7. She is not in line for the British throne because she is Catholic.
  8. She is not considered to be in line for the Spanish throne for two reasons:
    1. Her mother gave up her succession rights and those of her descendants upon her marriage. However, this occurred prior to the adaption of the current Constitution, therefore it is debated whether or not that was still in effect.
    2. To date, the Spanish government has not seen fit to clarify whether this provision includes anyone beyond the descendants of King Juan Carlos, such as his sisters and their families: "Successors" may not be presumed to be synonymous with "descendants".
  9. IF she were to be considered in succession, she would be no higher than 28th position, after her mother, brother, aunt, cousins, and her cousins' children.
  10. She is also a niece of:
    1. Infanta Pilar of Spain, The Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre
  11. As the daughter of a Spanish Duke and Duchess, she is entitled to the style Her Excellency Doña.
  12. She is a Spanish businesswoman, and currently owns her own Translation and Interpreting company {Source}.
  13. She speaks several languages:
    1. Spanish
    2. English
    3. French
    4. Portuguese
    5. Italian
    6. German
  14. Her name likely comes from:
    1. Maria: her maternal grandmother, Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.
    2. Sofia: possibly for her maternal aunt, Queen Sofia of Spain? 
    3. Emilia: the Spanish form of Emily, meaning to rival, excel, or emulate 
    4. Carmen: for her paternal grandmother, María del Carmen Delgado y Fernández de Santaella.
  15. Her mother is blind{Source}.
  16. Her astrological sign is Virgo.

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