Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo

Elena de Borbón
Infanta of Spain
Duchess of Lugo

Elena in 2011
Born (1963-12-20) 20 December 1963
Madrid, Spain
Spouse Jaime de Marichalar
(m. 1995; div. 2010)
Issue Felipe de Marichalar y Borbón
Victoria de Marichalar y Borbón
Full name
Spanish: Elena María Isabel Dominica de Silos de Borbón y de Grecia
House Bourbon
Father Juan Carlos I of Spain
Mother Queen Sofía of Spain
Religion Roman Catholicism
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Borbón and the second or maternal family name is Grecia.

Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo (Elena María Isabel Dominica de Silos de Borbón y de Grecia; born 20 December 1963 in Madrid) is the first child and elder daughter of 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 participated in many official events, having travelled to Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Argentina, Japan, Peru, and the Philippines representing the Royal Family.

Personal life

In 1987, Infanta Elena met her future husband while she was studying French literature in Paris.[1]

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.[2] The couple has two children: Felipe (born 17 July 1998) and Victoria (born 9 September 2000)

On 13 November 2007, it was announced that she had separated from her husband.[3] 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.[4][5] Their divorce papers were signed on 25 November 2009.[6] The Duchess and Duke of Lugo were divorced in December 2009.[7] 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.[8]

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

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


National honours

Foreign honours


See also


  1. Barcelona Reporter
  2. Real Decreto 323/1995
  3. "Zarzuela announces the separation of the Duchess and Duke of Lugo" (Spanish)
  4. (Spanish) "Duchess and Duke of Lugo divorce". (Retrieved 17 November 2009)
  5. (Spanish) Lola Galán. "Is it a State divorce?" (Retrieved 17 November 2009)
  6. (Spanish) Infanta Elena of Spain and her husband sign divorce papers". (Retrieved 26 November 2009)
  7. Villar, Cote. Guardián de acero para el divorcio real. La otra crónica, no. 55 (6 February 2010). El Mundo
  8. (Spanish) "La Infanta Elena ya está divorciada de Marichalar". (accessed 9 February 2010)
  9. 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)
  15. "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 29 May 2015.
  16. "Reply to a parliamentary question about the Decoration of Honour" (pdf) (in German). p. 1124. Retrieved November 2012. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  17. Visita de Estado del Presidente de Austria a España
  18. See the 4th photo in this serie
  19. Hemeroteca ABC
  20. Foro Dinastías, State visit of Chile in Spain, 2001, Group photo
  21. Visita de Estado del Presidente de Chile a España
  22. Foro Dinastías, State visit of Stephanopoulos in Spain, 2001, Group Photo
  23. Visita de Estado del Presidente de Grecia a España
  24. "At the Spanish Court" blog, State dinner in the Royal Palace, Queen Sofia, Elena & Cristina (1st State dinner for Cristina).
  25. "La dimensión europea de la política exterior española hacia América latina". Escrito por José Escribano Úbeda-Portugués
  26. Icelandese Presidency Website , Borbón, Elena de ; prinsessa ; Spánn ; 16 September 1985 ; Stórkross (= Elena of Bourbon, Princess, Spain, 16 September 1985, Grand Cross)
  27. Italian Presidency, ELENA S.A.R. l'Infanta di Spagna – Cavaliere di Gran Croce Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana
  28. Forum Príncipes de Asturias, State visit of Japan in Spain, 1994, Group photo
  29. Hemeroteca ABC
  30. Forum Príncipes de Asturias, State visit in Spain, 1999, Group photo 1 & Group photo 2
  31. Foro Dinastías, State visit of Luxembourg in Spain, 2001, Group Photo
  32. Foro Dinastías State visit of Nepal in Spain, 1983
  33. Viva Máxima Blog, State visit of Beatrix in Spain in 1985, Group Photo
  34. Hemeroteca ABC
  35. Visita de Estado de los Reyes de Noruega a España
  36. Visita de Estado del Presidente de Perú a España
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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