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Infanta Beatriz of Spain

Beatriz de Borbon y Battenberg
Infanta of Spain
Princess di Civitella-Cesi

Spouse Alessandro Torlonia, 5th Prince di Civitella-Cesi
Doña Sandra (b. 1936)
Don Marco (b. 1937)
Don Marino (1939–1995)
Doña Olimpia (b. 1943)
Full name
English: Beatrice Elizabeth Frederica Alphonsine Eugenia Christina Mary Theresa Bienvenida Ladislava
Spanish: Beatriz Isabel Federica Alfonsa Eugenia Cristina María Teresa Bienvenida Ladislàa
House House of Bourbon
Father Alfonso XIII
Mother Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg
Religion Roman Catholicism

Infanta Beatriz of Spain, Princess di Civitella-Cesi (Doña Beatriz Isabel Federica Alfonsa Eugenia Cristina María Teresa Bienvenida Ladislàa de Borbón y Battenberg) (22 June 1909 – 22 November 2002) was a daughter of King Alfonso XIII of Spain and Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, wife of Alessandro Torlonia, 5th Prince di Civitella-Cesi. She was a paternal aunt of King Juan Carlos I.


Early life

Infanta Beatriz was born at La Granja, San Ildefonso near Segovia, Spain. The Spanish Royal Family left the country in 1931, in the face of Republican demonstrations, settling in Paris, before moving to Fontainebleau.

She was the 1,094th Dame of the Royal Order of Queen Maria Luisa.

By 1933 King Alfonso and his daughters (Beatriz and Maria Cristina) had moved to Rome. Their father warned would-be suitors of the inherent dangers of haemophilia, that affected two of the king's sons (Alfonso and Gonzalo). For this reason, Beatriz's 1931 engagement to Prince Álvaro of Borbón-Orleans, the eldest son of Infante Alfonso, Duke of Galliera, was broken off.

Marriage and issue

On 14 January 1935, she married a member of Italian nobility, Alessandro Torlonia, 5th Prince di Civitella-Cesi. Torlonia was the son of Don Marino Torlonia, 4th prince di Civitella-Cessi and Mary Elsie Moore, a United States citizen. Although Don Alessandro was a prince, he did not belong to a reigning or formerly reigning dynasty so Beatriz had to marry him morganatically,[1][2][3] renouncing her rights of succession to the throne of Spain.

The couple were married in Rome, with Beatriz wearing a 20 ft train, a coronet of orange blossom holding her veil in place, in the presence of King Alfonso, the King and Queen of Italy and some 52 princes of the blood royal. After the ceremony, the young couple were received by Pope Pius XI. They had four children:

  • Doña Sandra Vittoria Torlonia dei Principi di Civitella-Cesi (b. 14 February 1936), who married Count Clemente Lecquio di Assaba (9 December 1925 – 28 June 1971), had issue
  • Don Marco Torlonia (born 2 July 1937), later 6th Prince di Civitella-Cesi, who married (1) Donna Orsetta Caracciolo di Castagneto (17 May 1940 – 10 March 1968), one son; (2) Philippa McDonald (born 3 June 1942), one daughter; (3) Blažena Svitáková (born 16 October 1940), one daughter, born before marriage
  • Don Marino Riccardo Francesco Giuseppe Torlonia dei Principi di Civitella-Cesi (born 13 December 1939 – 28 December 1995) died unmarried and without issue
  • Doña Olimpia Emmanuela Enrichetta Maria Torlonia dei Principi di Civitella-Cesi (born 27 December 1943), who married (married 16 June 1965) Paul-Annik Weiller (28 July 1933 – 2 November 1998), and had six children (including Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg)

Later life

Beatriz lived in Rome for the rest of her life, and when her daughter Olimpia married Paul-Annik Weiller, his father secured the Palazzo Torlonia for the family.

Upon meeting the Duchess of Windsor, the Queen forbade Beatriz and her sister to curtsey, so they felt obliged to make a subtle gesture somewhere between a curtsey and a nervous wriggle, in order to pass the gimlet scrutiny of both their mother and the Duke of Windsor.

She died at her home in Palazzo Torlonia, Rome on 22 November 2002 at 93 years 5 months.


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