Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria

Infanta Margarita of Spain, Duchess of Soria, 2nd Duchess of Hernani, Grandee of Spain (Margarita María de la Victoria Esperanza Jacoba Felicidad Perpetua de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Borbón; born 6 March 1939), is the younger sister of King Juan Carlos and aunt of the reigning King Felipe VI of Spain.

Infanta Margarita
Duchess of Soria
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The Duchess and Duke of Soria and Hernani
Duchess of Hernani
Tenure6 January 1979 – Present
PredecessorManfredo de Borbón
Heir apparentAlfonso Zurita y Borbón
Born (1939-03-06) 6 March 1939 (age 82)
Rome, Kingdom of Italy
(m. 1972)
IssueAlfonso Zurita y Borbón
María Zurita y Borbón
Margarita María de la Victoria Esperanza Jacoba Felicidad Perpetua de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Borbón
HouseBourbons of Spain
FatherInfante Juan, Count of Barcelona
MotherPrincess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
ReligionRoman Catholic

Early lifeEdit

Infanta Margarita was born at American Hospital in Rome as the younger daughter of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona, and Princess Mercedes of the Two Sicilies. Margarita has been blind since birth.[1]


She married the physician Carlos Zurita y Delgado on 12 October 1972 in Estoril at St. Anthony's Church. They have two children:

  • Alfonso Juan Carlos Zurita y de Borbón, Grandee of Spain, born on 9 August 1973 at Virgen de La Palomain Hospital in Madrid
  • María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón, Grandee of Spain, born on 16 September 1975 in Madrid, she has a son
    • Carlos Alfonso Juan Zurita y de Borbón, born on 28 April 2018 in Madrid[2]


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.

Succession and GrandeeshipEdit

Infanta Margarita renounced her right of succession to the Spanish throne upon marriage.[3][4]

On 6 January 1979, the Infanta's cousin Manfredo de Borbón, 1st Duke of Hernani, died and willed his ducal title to be inherited by Margarita. The King granted this request, and on 27 May 1981, she became 2nd Duchess of Hernani with accompanying dignity Grandee of Spain. The peerage title refers to the town Hernani, Spain. The month after, on 23 June 1981, she was granted a higher dukedom for life by the king and also became Duchess of Soria (referring to the city Soria in Spain).






  1. ^ Doña Margot. La Infanta más marchosa
  2. ^ "María Zurita da a a luz a su primer hijo prematuramente". Vanitatis (in Spanish). 30 April 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  3. ^ de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal; Coutant de Saisseval, Guy (2002). Le Petit Gotha. Paris: Laballery. pp. 419–420. ISBN 2-9507974-3-1.
  4. ^ Enache, Nicolas (1999). La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg, Reine de Hongrie et de Boheme. Paris: ICC. pp. 532–534. ISBN 2-908003-04-X.
  5. ^ (in Spanish) Universidad de Valladolid, Nota de Prensa 09-01-30 (accessed on 11 December 2009)
  6. ^ (in Spanish) Royal Decree 483/2003 The Duchess of Soria and Hernani member of the Spanish Royal Order of Alfonso X. BOE, Spanish Official Journal. (accessed 2 November 2008)
  7. ^ Membership of the Constantinian Order Archived 5 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Portugal State visit to Spain
Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria
Born: 6 March 1939
Spanish nobility
Preceded by
Manfredo de Borbón
Duchess of Hernani
1981 – present
Alfonso Zurita y de Borbón