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Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo

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Infanta Elena
Duchess of Lugo
L’infante Hélène d’Espagne, duchesse de Lugo en 2011.jpg
Elena in 2011
Born (1963-12-20) 20 December 1963 (age 57)
ORPEA Madrid Loreto , Madrid, Spain
(m. 1995; div. 2010)
IssueFelipe de Marichalar y Borbón
Victoria de Marichalar y Borbón
Full name
Elena María Isabel Dominica de Silos de Borbón y Grecia
FatherJuan Carlos I of Spain
MotherSophia of Greece and Denmark
ReligionRoman Catholic
Infanta Elena's signature

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

Infanta Elena has represented her family abroad on several occasions, having travelled to Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Argentina, Japan, Peru, and the Philippines.

Early life

Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo, as a child in 1975
Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo, as a child in 1975

The Infanta Elena was born on 20 December 1963 at Our Lady of Loreto Hospital, now known as ORPEA Madrid Loreto, in Madrid. She is the eldest daughter of King Juan Carlos I, the former Spanish monarch, and his wife, Queen Sofía (the former Princess of Greece and Denmark).[1] In 1987, Infanta Elena met her future husband while she was studying French literature in Paris.[2]


She married Jaime de Marichalar y Sáenz de Tejada, son of the Amalio de Marichalar y Bruguera, Count of Ripalda and his wife María de la Concepción Sáenz de Tejada y Fernández de Bobadilla, on 18 March 1995, in Seville Cathedral, Seville, at which time her father conferred on her the title Duchess of Lugo for life.[3] The couple have two children: Felipe (born 17 July 1998 at Ruber International Hospital in Madrid)[4] and Victoria (born 9 September 2000 at Ruber International Hospital in Madrid).[5]

Later life

On 13 November 2007, it was announced that she had separated from her husband.[6] In November 2009, the Spanish media reported that she and her husband would divorce, although a rumour to that effect had been circulating for a year before the announcement was made.[7][8] Their divorce papers were signed on 25 November 2009.[9] The Duchess and Duke of Lugo were divorced in December 2009.[10] 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.[11]

Her coat of arms since her divorce.
Her coat of arms since her divorce.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 20 December 1963  – 3 March 1995: Her Royal Highness Infanta Doña Elena of Spain[12]
  • 3 March 1995 – present: Her Royal Highness Infanta Doña Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo


National honours

Foreign honours


See also


  1. ^ "ABC (Madrid) - 21/12/1963, p. 65 - Hemeroteca". Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Spain's King Juan Carlos' eldest daughter Infanta Elena to divorce". Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  3. ^ " - Documento BOE-A-1995-5742". Archived from the original on 16 January 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Nace la primera nieta de los Reyes, que se llamará Victoria Federica". El País. 10 September 2000. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Zarzuela anuncia el cese temporal de la convivencia matrimonial de los Duques de Lugo". ABC. 13 November 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  7. ^ "La Infanta Elena y Jaime de Marichalar se divorcian de mutuo acuerdo" [Infanta Elena and Jaime de Marichalar agreed to divorce]. El Mundo. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  8. ^ "¿Un divorcio de Estado?". El País. 13 September 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  9. ^ "El Periódico - Actualidad y noticias de última hora". Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  10. ^ Villar, Cote. Guardián de acero para el divorcio real. La otra crónica, no. 55 (6 February 2010). El Mundo
  11. ^ "La Infanta Elena ya está divorciada de Marichalar". El Mundo. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  12. ^ Real Decreto 323/1995, de 3 de marzo, por el que se concede, con carácter vitalicio, la facultad de usar el título de Duquesa de Lugo a Su Alteza Real la Infanta Doña Elena (BOE núm. 54 de 4 de marzo 1995)
  13. ^ "La infanta Elena regresa a la ciudad donde se casó junto a su padre, el Rey" [Princess Elena returns to the city where she married with her father, the King] (in Spanish). 23 May 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  14. ^ "La infanta Elena recibe el Lazo de Dama de la Real Maestranza en Zaragoza" [The Infanta Elena receives the Collar of Lady of the Royal Cavalry of Zaragoza]. El Periódico de Aragón (in Spanish). 9 May 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question about the Decoration of Honour" (PDF) (in German). 23 April 2012. p. 1124.
  16. ^ "El Rey recibe al presidente de Austria" [The King receives the President of Austria]. El País (in Spanish). 3 June 1997. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  17. ^ ABC (Madrid) (in Spanish), Hemeroteca, 20 September 1994, p. 23
  18. ^ "Chile y Espana dejan atros tensiones" [Chile and Spain leave tensions behind] (in Spanish). BBC Mundo. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Don Juan Carlos recuerda que 'no hay espacio para los terroristas en nuestras sociedades libres'" [Don Juan Carlos reminds us that 'there is no room for terrorists in our free societies']. El Mundo (in Spanish). 26 September 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  20. ^ Úbeda-Portugués, José Escribano (2005). La dimensión europea de la política exterior española hacia América latina: política internacional de los primeros gobiernos socialistas. Editorial Visión Libros. ISBN 9788498212440.
  21. ^ Icelandese Presidency Website[permanent dead link], Borbón, Elena de ; prinsessa ; Spánn ; 16 September 1985 ; Stórkross (= Elena of Bourbon, Princess, Spain, 16 September 1985, Grand Cross)
  22. ^ Italian Presidency, ELENA S.A.R. l'Infanta di Spagna – Cavaliere di Gran Croce Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana
  23. ^ ABC (Madrid), Hemeroteca, 8 October 1994, p. 29
  24. ^ ABC (Madrid), Hemeroteca, 9 October 1985, p. 8
  25. ^ ABC (Madrid), ABC Hemeroteca, 25 April 1995, p. 24
  26. ^ "La Familia Real recibe, de gala, al Presidente de Perú en el Palacio Real de Madrid". 6 July 2004. Retrieved 25 September 2019.

External links

Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo
Born: 20 December 1963
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Infanta Sofía
Line of succession to the Spanish throne
3rd position
Succeeded by
Felipe de Marichalar
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