Sunday, March 6, 2016

Royal Profile: Infanta Margarita of Spain, Duchess of Soria, 2nd Duchess of Hernani

Infanta Margarita María de la Victoria Esperanza Jacoba Felicidad Perpetua y Todos los Santos (et omnes Sancti) of Spain, Duchess of Soria, 2nd Duchess of Hernani  was born on 6 March 1939 as the third child of Princess Maria de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Scilles, Countess of Barcelona and Infante Juan Carlos, Count of Barcelona {Source}. She has the following siblings, siblings-in-law, nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews{Source}:
  1. Infanta Pilar of Spain, The Duchess of  Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre (1936)
    1. Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1968)
      1. José Miguel Fernández y Sastrón, later Fernández-Sastrón (1959, m. 1991-2012)
        1. Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo ( 1991)
        2. Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1995)
        3. María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (2000)
    2. Don Juan Filiberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón, ?th Viscount de la Torre (1969)
      1. Winston Holmes Carmey (m. 2014)
        1. Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Carney (2013)
    3. Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1971)
      1. Alejandro Juan Gómez-Acebo y Cano (2004)
      2. Guillermo Gómez-Acebo y Cano (2005)
      3. Álvaro Gómez-Acebo y Cano ( 2011)
    4. Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1973) 
      1. Laura Ponte y Martinez (m 2004-2009, div 2011) 
        1. Luis Felipe Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2005) 
        2. Laura Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2006) 
        3. Andrea Pascual Vicens (m 2016) 
    5. Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1974)
      1. Mónica Martín Luque (m 2004-2011)
  2. King Juan Carlos I of Spain (1938) 
    1. Queen Sofia of Spain (1938)
      1. Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo (1963)
        1. Jaime de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada (m 1995-2010) 
          1. Don Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y de Borbón (1998) 
          2. Doña Victoria de Marichalar y de Borbón (2000) 
      2. Infanta Cristina of Spain (1965) 
        1. Iñaki Urdangarín 
          1. Don Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón(1999) 
          2. Don Pablo Urdangarín y de Borbón (2000) 
          3. Don Miguel Urdangarín y de Borbón (2002) 
          4. Doña Irene Urdangarin y de Borbón (2005) 
      3. King Felipe VI of Spain (1968) 
        1. Queen Letizia of Spain
          1. Leonor, Princess of Asturias (2005) 
          2. The Infanta Sofia of Spain (2007)
  3. Infante Alfonso Cristino Teresa Angelo Francisco de Asis y Todos los Santos of Spain (1941-1956)

She married Carlos Zurita y Delgado on 12 October 1972{Source}. Together, they have two children{Source}: 

  1. Don Alfonso Juan Carlos Zurita y de Bourbon (1973)
  2. Doña Maria Sofia Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Bourbon (1975)
When her cousin, Manfredo de Bourbon, 1st Duke of Hernani died without any known heirs, he willed his ducal title to Infanta Margarita, of which her brother, then the Spanish king, granted this request upon Manfredo's death in 1979. Her brother also granted her the title 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.

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