Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz
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Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess of la Torre (Spanish: María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana Victoria Luisa Ignacia y Todos los Santos de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias; born 30 July 1936), sometimes known more simply as Pilar de Borbón is the elder daughter of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona and Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, and older sister of King Juan Carlos I. She has also a younger sister, Infanta Margarita of Spain.
|Duchess of Badajoz|
Dowager Viscountess of La Torre
|Born||30 July 1936|
Cannes, French Third Republic
Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, Viscount of La Torre
(m. 1967; died 1991)
|Issue||Simoneta Gómez-Acebo y Borbón|
Juan Gómez-Acebo y Borbón, Viscount of La Torre
Bruno Gómez-Acebo y Borbón
Luis Gómez-Acebo y Borbón
Fernando Gómez-Acebo y Borbón
|Father||Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona|
|Mother||Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies|
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Marriage and familyEdit
Pilar needed to renounce her rights of succession to the Spanish throne to marry a commoner as stipulated by the Pragmatic Sanction of Charles III on marriages of members of the royal family; later in 1987 she was made Infanta, ad personam, by her brother King Juan Carlos with the style of Royal Highness.
She married Don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, Viscount de la Torre, Grandee of Spain (Madrid, 23 December 1934 – Madrid, 9 March 1991) on 5 May 1967 in Lisbon, Portugal at Jerónimos Monastery. They had five children:
- Her Excellency Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (31 October 1968) she married José Miguel Fernández-Sastrón on 12 September 1990 and they were divorce on 16 October 2012. They have three children:
- Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (23 September 1991)
- Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (4 May 1995)
- María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (17 January 2000)
- His Excellency Don Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón, Vizconde de la Torre (6 December 1969) he married Winston Holmes Carney on 2 January 2014.Separation was announced in May 2019.
- Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Carney (2 March 2013)
- His Excellency Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (15 June 1971) he married Bárbara Cano y de la Plaza on 5 October 2002. They have three sons:
- His Excellency Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (20 May 1973) he married Laura Ponte y Martínez on 18 September 2004 and they were divorce on 2011. They have two children. He remarried Andrea Pascual Vicens on 27 February 2016. They have one son:
- His Excellency Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (born 13 September 1974), married Mónica Martín Luque in Madrid on 27 November 2004. Separation was announced in July 2011, and they divorced in January 2013. On 31 May 2016 Fernando married journalist Nadia Halamandari in Palaio Faliro, Athens. Later divorced. They have a son:
- Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Halamandari (5 June 2016)
Pilar de Borbón has been supporting international equestrian sport. She was President of the International Equestrian Federation from 1994 to 2006, succeeded by HRH Princess Haya bint al Hussein. She wrote the foreword of the official Spanish translation of the national instruction handbook of the German National Equestrian Federation, Técnicas Avanzadas de Equitación - Manual Oficial de Instrucción de la Federación Ecuestre Alemana.
Mossack Fonseca files document that in August 1974, Pilar de Borbón became president and director of the Panama-registered company Delantera Financiera SA (registered May 1969) with her husband as secretary-treasurer and director. In 1993, London-based Timothy Lloyd who had represented the undisclosed owner of the company said that Pilar de Borbón owned it. After March 1993, the intermediary representing the company was Madrid-based Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, a law firm founded by Pilar de Borbón's brother-in-law Ignacio Gómez-Acebo. From July 2006 until its dissolution in June 2014 Pilar de Borbón's son Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo Borbón was director and treasurer of the company.
Titles, styles, honours and armsEdit
Titles and stylesEdit
- 30 July 1936 - 13 April 1967: Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain
- 13 April 1967 - 5 June 1967: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Badajoz
- 5 June 1967 - 9 March 1991: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Badajoz, Viscountess of La Torre
- 9 March 1991 – present: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess of La Torre
The Infanta's style and title in full: Her Royal Highness Doña María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana Victoria Luisa Ignacia de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias de Gómez-Acebo, Infanta of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess of La Torre.
- Spain: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III
- Spain: 1,191st Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Queen Maria Luisa
- Spain: Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sports Merit
- Greek Royal Family: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Saints Olga and Sophia
- Two Sicilian Royal Family (Hispano-Neapolitan branch): Dame Grand Cross of Justice of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
- Portugal: Grand Cross of the Order of Infante Henry
|Ancestors of Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz|
- Infanta Pilar's actual given name is María del Pilar; however, due to the high number of women in Spain named María, as is the convention, she uses the name Pilar. For more information, see Spanish names,
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- Civil Wedding of the Viscount de la Torre Bekia.es
- Juan Gómez-Acebo, primo del rey Felipe, se separa tras cinco años de matrimonio
- (2011) Divorce of Beltrán Gómez-Acebo Vanitatis.com (in Spanish)
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- (in Spanish) Royal Decree 1297/2002 Infanta Pilar of Spain member of the Royal Order of the Sports Merit.) Boe.es
- Wedding of Juan Carlos of Spain and Sophia of Greece Archived 2014-03-06 at the Wayback Machine
- Membership of the Constantinian Order Archived 2012-03-05 at the Wayback Machine
- Portugal Archived 2013-01-17 at the Wayback Machine
- "Casa de Su Majestad el Rey de España : Actividades y Agenda : Cena de Gala ofrecida por Sus Majestades los Reyes en honor de SS.EE. el Presidente de la República de Portugal y Sra. de Cavaco Silva". Casareal.es. Retrieved 15 July 2018.