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Infanta Elena of Spain

Infanta Elena
Duchess of Lugo

Elena in 2011
Spouse Jaime de Marichalar
Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y Borbón
Victoria Federica de Marichalar y Borbón
Full name
Spanish: Elena María Isabel Dominica de Silos
House House of Bourbon
Father Juan Carlos I of Spain
Mother Sophia of Greece and Denmark
Born (1963-12-20) 20 December 1963 (age 50)
Madrid, Spain
Religion Roman Catholicism
Spanish Royal Family

HM The King
HM The Queen

HRH The Duchess of Badajoz

HRH The Duchess of Soria and Hernani
HE The Duke of Soria and Hernani

HRH The Dowager Duchess of Calabria

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, Madrid) is the elder daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía of Spain, and fourth in the line of succession to the Spanish throne. She has a younger sister, Infanta Cristina of Spain, and a younger brother, Felipe, Prince of Asturias.

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:

On 13 November 2007, it was announced that the Infanta had separated from her husband.[3] In November 2009, the Spanish media said that Infanta Elena and Jaime de Marichalar 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


  • 20 December 1963 – 18 March 1995: Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain
  • 18 March 1995 – : Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Lugo

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


See also List of honours of the Spanish Royal Family by country

National Orders
Foreign Orders



See also


External links

  • Her Royal Highness the Infanta Elena (Official profile) (Spanish)
  • [1] Video of her wedding
Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo
Born: 20 December 1963
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Infanta Sofía
Line of succession to the Spanish throne
4th position
Succeeded by
Felipe de Marichalar
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