Elena of Spain
Elena Maria Isabel Dominica de Silos de Borbón y Grecia , Infanta of Spain, Duchess of Lugo (born December 20, 1963 in Madrid ), is the eldest daughter of the former King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Sophia of Greece .
childhood and education
Elena has two younger siblings, Infanta Cristina of Spain and King Felipe VI. She was baptized in the Palacio de la Zarzuela . Her godparents were her grandmother, María de las Mercedes de Borbón y Orléans , and Alfonso de Orleans y Borbon.
She received her secondary education at the Santa Maria del Camino School. After graduating from school, she completed an apprenticeship as a primary school teacher with a focus on English at the ESCUNI University , which she graduated in 1986. The following year she worked as an English teacher at the Santa Maria del Camino School .
Marriage and children
Elena married the Count of Ripalda's son, Jaime de Marichalar y Sáenz de Tejada , on March 18, 1995 in the Cathedral of Seville . On the occasion of the wedding, Juan Carlos awarded her the title of Duchess of Lugo.
The couple has two children:
- Felipe Juan Froilán de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón (born July 17, 1998 in Madrid)
- Victoria Federica de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón (born September 9, 2000 in Madrid).
In 2003 the Infanta had a miscarriage.
Like the entire Spanish royal family, she is excluded from the British succession because she is Catholic.
On November 13, 2007, the separation of the couple was announced in Spanish newspapers. The divorce was announced two years later, on November 14, 2009, and took place on January 21, 2010. According to press reports, the church is also seeking to annul the marriage.
Tasks and interests
Elena supports a number of projects with a focus on education and culture. She is particularly interested in the Paralympics . Therefore, she was present at the Paralympics in Barcelona , Atlanta and Sydney to support the Spanish participants.
The Infanta likes to ride and ski.
- 1985: Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcons
- 1985: Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau
- 1988: Grand Cross of the Portuguese Order of Christ
- 1994: Grand Cross of the Order of the Noble Crown
- 1995: Grand Cross of the Saint Olav Order
- 1996: Grand Cross of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique
- 1996: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
- 1997: Large gold medal on ribbon for services to the Republic of Austria
- 1999: Grand Cross of the Star of Jordan
- 2001: Grand Cross of the Chilean Order of Merit
- 2001: Grand Cross of the Military and Community Service Order of Adolph von Nassau
- Order of Isabel la Católica
- Order of Charles III.
- Grand Cross of the Order of the Leopold
- Grand Cross of the Order of Honor
- Grand Cross of the Order of the Quetzal
- Princess Elena suffers miscarriage ( Memento of 22 May 2008 at the Internet Archive ) message in the show explosive issue of MDR of 26 June 2003, viewed 12. January 2013
- Princess Elena: Divorce from Jaime de Marichalar , Bunte November 14, 2009, viewed January 12, 2012
- Separación de los Duques de Lugo: La Infanta Elena y Jaime de Marichalar se divorcian de acuerdo mutuo , El Mundo of 14 November 2009 (Spanish)
- MDR of November 16, 2009 ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) Info: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)
|Infanta Sofia of Spain||
Spanish succession to the throne
|Felipe de Marichalar|
|SURNAME||Elena of Spain|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||de Borbón y Grecia, Elena María Isabel Dominica de Silos (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Spanish princess; Duchess of Lugo|
|DATE OF BIRTH||December 20, 1963|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Madrid , Spain|