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Infanta Elena
Duchess of Lugo (more)

Full name
Elena María Isabel Dominica de Silos de Borbón y Grecia
Born 20 December 1963 (age 57)
Madrid, Spain
Spouse Jaime de Marichalar
Felipe de Marichalar y Borbón
Victoria de Marichalar y Borbón
House Bourbon
Father Juan Carlos I of Spain
Mother Sophia of Greece and Denmark
Religion Roman Catholic
Spanish Royal Family
Coat of Arms of the Royal Family of Spain

HM The King
HM The Queen

HM King Juan Carlos I
HM Queen Sofía

HRH The Duchess of Badajoz

  • HE Doña Simoneta
  • HE The Viscount de la Torre
  • HE Don Bruno
  • HE Don Luis
  • HE Don Fernando

HRH The Duchess of Soria and Hernani
HE The Duke of Soria and Hernani

  • HE Don Alfonso
  • HE Doña María

HRH The Dowager Duchess of Calabria

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Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo (Elena María Isabel Dominica de Silos de Borbón y de Grecia; born 20 December 1963, Madrid), is the elder daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía of Spain, and third in the line of succession to the Spanish throne. She has a younger sister, Infanta Cristina of Spain, and a younger brother, Felipe VI of Spain

Early life[edit | edit source]

Elena María Isabel Dominica de Silos de Borbón y Grecia was born in Madrid, Spain on December 20, 1963 at 2:10 pm, at the clinic of Nuestra Señora de Loreto.[1]

She was baptized on 27 December the same year by Antonio Riberi, the Apostolic Nuncio to Spain, at Zarzuela Palace. His godparents were his paternal grandmother, Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Countess of Barcelona, and the Infante Alfonso de Orleans y Borbón.[2]

Education[edit | edit source]

She received basic education at the College of Santa María del Camino and then studied teaching at the ESCUNI University in Madrid, graduating in 1986 as a teacher of basic general education with specializing in English.

After working as an English teacher at the College of Santa Maria del Camino and completing a specialized course in Sociology and Education in Exeter (United Kingdom), she completed her studies at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, where she obtained a degree in Educational Sciences in June 1993. In addition to Spanish, the Infanta also speaks English and French.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Marriage and divorce[edit | edit source]

She married Jaime de Marichalar y Sáenz de Tejada, son of the Count and Countess of Ripalda, on 18 March 1995, in Seville Cathedral, Seville, at which time her father conferred on her the title Duchess of Lugo for life.[3]

On 13 November 2007, it was announced that the Infanta had separated from her husband.[4] In November 2009, the Spanish media said that Infanta Elena and Jaime de Marichalar would divorce, although a rumor to that effect had been circulating for a year before the announcement was made.[5][6] Their divorce papers were signed on 25 November 2009. The Duchess and Duke of Lugo were divorced in December 2009. On 21 January 2010 the divorce was registered at the Civil Registry of the Spanish Royal Family. It was officially announced on 9 February 2010 that Jaime de Marichalar was no longer permitted to use the ducal title and that he was no longer considered to be an official member of the Spanish Royal Family.[7]

Children[edit | edit source]

Elena and Jaime have two children:

In June 2003, King Juan Carlos I of Spain himself announced that his daughter Infanta Elena is expecting her third child,[8] however shesuffered a miscarriage the same month.[9][10]

Royal life[edit | edit source]

Official duties[edit | edit source]

Infanta Elena has participated in many official events, having traveled to Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Argentina, Japan, Peru and the Philippines representing the Royal Family.

Titles, styles and honors[edit | edit source]

Titles[edit | edit source]

  • 20 December 1963-26 September 1997: Her Royal Highness The Infanta Elena of Spain
  • 18 March 1995-present: Her Royal Highness Infanta Dona Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo

The Infanta's style and title in full: Her Royal Highness Elena María Isabel Dominica de Silos, Infanta of Spain, Duchess of Lugo.

Honours[edit | edit source]

National honours[edit | edit source]

  • Spain: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III[11][12]
  • Spain: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic[13][14]
  • Spain: Dame of the Royal Cavalry Armory of Seville[15]
  • Spain: Dame of the Royal Cavalry Armory of Zaragoza[16]

Foreign honours[edit | edit source]

  • Austria: Grand Star of the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria[17][18]
  • Belgium: Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold I[19][20]
  • Chile: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit[21][22]
  • Greece: Grand Cross of the Order of Honour[23][24]
  • Guatemala: Grand Cross of the Order of the Quetzal[25][26]
  • Iceland: Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon
  • Italy: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic[27]
  • Japan: Grand Cordon (Paulownia) of the Order of the Precious Crown[28]
  • Jordan: Grand Cordon of the Order of the Star of Jordan[29]
  • Luxembourg: Grand Cross of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau[30]
  • Nepalese Royal Family: Member First Class of the Royal Order of the Three Divine Powers[31]
  • Netherlands: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau[32]
  • Norway: Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Olav[33]
  • Peru: Grand Cross of the Order of the Sun of Peru[34]
  • Portugal: Grand Cross of the Order of Christ[35]
  • Portugal: Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry
  • Sweden: Recipient of the 50th Birthday Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf[36]

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Su Alteza Real la Condesa de Barcelona y S.A.R. el infante don Alfonso de Orléans serán padrinos de la hija de los príncipes don Juan Carlos y doña SofíaABC. 21 December 1963. p. 65.
  2. Con asistencia del Jefe del Estado y la señora de Franco se celebró ayer el bautizo de Elena, primogénita de don Juan Carlos y doña Sofía. ABC (18.029). 28 December 1963. p. 63.
  3. - Documento BOE-A-1995-5742
  4. ABC. Zarzuela anuncia el cese temporal de la convivencia matrimonial de los Duques de Lugo 13 November 2007
  5. La Infanta Elena y Jaime de Marichalar se divorcian de mutuo acuerdo | EspañaElmundo
  6. ¿Un divorcio de Estado? | Actualidad | EL PAÍSEl Pais. 13 September 2008
  7. La Infanta Elena ya está divorciada de Marichalar | EspañaElmundo
  8. Infanta Elena espera terceiro filho. CM Mundo
  9. Royal News 2003. Angelfire
  10. Elena de Borbón, la primogénita que no reinará. El Mundo
  11. Photographic image
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  15. La infanta Elena regresa a la ciudad donde se casó junto a su padre, el Rey
  16. La infanta Elena recibe el Lazo de Dama de la Real Maestranza en ZaragozaEl Periódico de Aragón (in Spanish). 9 May 2014.
  17. Reply to a parliamentary question about the Decoration of Honour (PDF) (in German). p. 1124
  18. País, Ediciones El (3 June 1997). El Rey recibe al presidente de Austria.
  19. See the 4th photo in this serie
  20. ABC (Madrid) - 20/09/1994, p. 23 - Hemeroteca.
  21. DINASTÍAS - Los Foros de la Realeza • Ver Tema - Vestidos de Gala de la Reina Sofía.
  22. BBC Mundo - AMERICA LATINA - Chile y Espana dejan atros tensiones.
  23. DINASTÍAS - Los Foros de la Realeza • Ver Tema - Vestidos de Gala de la Reina Sofía
  24. Don Juan Carlos recuerda que 'no hay espacio para los terroristas en nuestras sociedades libres
  25. At the Spanish Court blog, State dinner in the Royal Palace, Queen Sofia, Elena & Cristina (1st State dinner for Cristina).
  26. La dimensión europea de la política exterior española hacia América latina: política internacional de los primeros gobiernos socialistas. Editorial Visión Libros
  27. Italian Presidency, ELENA S.A.R. l'Infanta di Spagna – Cavaliere di Gran Croce Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana
  28. ABC (Madrid) - 08/10/1994, p. 29 - Hemeroteca
  29. Forum Príncipes de Asturias, State visit in Spain, 1999, Group photo 1 & Group photo 2
  30. Foro Dinastías, State visit of Luxembourg in Spain, 2001, Group Photo
  31. Foro Dinastías State visit of Nepal in Spain, 1983
  32. Viva Máxima Blog, State visit of Beatrix in Spain in 1985, Group Photo 21 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  33. ABC (Madrid) - 25/04/1995, p. 24 - Hemeroteca
  34. La Familia Real recibe, de gala, al Presidente de Perú en el Palacio Real de Madrid
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