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Infanta Elena
Duchess of Lugo (more)

Spouse Jaime de Marichalar
Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y Borbón
Victoria Federica de Marichalar y Borbón
Full name
Elena María Isabel Dominica de Silos
House House of Bourbon
Father Juan Carlos I of Spain
Mother Sophia of Greece and Denmark
Born 20 December 1963 (1963-12-20) (age 54)
Madrid, Spain
Religion Roman Catholicism

Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo (Elena María Isabel Dominica de Silos de Borbón y de Grecia; born 20 December 1963, Madrid), MA (Exon), 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.

Personal lifeEdit

Marriage and divorceEdit

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.

On 13 November 2007, it was announced that the Infanta had separated from her husband. In November 2009, the Spanish media said that Infanta Elena and Jaime de Marichalar would divorce, although a rumor to that effect had been circulating for a year before the announcement was made. Their divorce papers were signed on 25 November 2009. The Duchess and Duke of Lugo were divorced in December 2009. 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.


Elena and Jaime have two children:

Royal lifeEdit

Official dutiesEdit

Infanta Elena has participated in many official events, having traveled to Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Argentina, Japan, Peru and the Philippines representing the Royal Family.

Titles, styles and honorsEdit


  • 20 December 1963-26 September 1997: Her Royal Highness The Infanta Elena of Spain
  • 18 March 1995-: Her Royal Highness The Infanta Elena, 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.


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