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Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz

Spanish infanta
The basics
About
Date of birth Cannes, arrondissement of Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Family
Spouse: Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada
Children: Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón
Mother: Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Sister(s): Infanta Margarita Duchess of Soria
Father: Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona
Brother(s): Juan Carlos I Infante Alfonso of Spain
Awards Great Cross of the Royal Order of Sports Merit
Authority VIAF id
The details
Biography

Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess of la Torre (Spanish: María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana Victoria Luisa Ignacia y Todos los Santos de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias; born 30 July 1936), sometimes known more simply as Pilar de Borbón is the elder daughter of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona and Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, and older sister of King Juan Carlos I. She has also a younger sister, Infanta Margarita of Spain.

Early life

Infanta Pilar spent her early years at the royal family's home in exile at Estoril in Portugal.

She was a bridesmaid at the 1962 wedding of her brother Prince Juan Carlos of Spain and Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark in Athens.

Marriage and family

Pilar needed to renounce her rights of succession to the Spanish throne to marry a commoner as stipulated by the Pragmatic Sanction of Charles III on marriages of members of the royal family; later in 1987 she was made Infanta, ad personam, by her brother King Juan Carlos with the style of Royal Highness.

She married Don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, Viscount de la Torre, Grandee of Spain (Madrid, 23 December 1934 – Madrid, 9 March 1991) on 5 May 1967 in Lisbon, Portugal. He was the fourth of six children, of Jaime Gómez-Acebo y Modet (ca. 1900 – ?) and wife (m. 1927) Isabel Duque de Estrada y Vereterra, 9th Marchioness de Deleitosa (ca. 1903 – ?). Jaime Gómez-Acebo y Modet was a son of the 3rd Marquess de Cortina and an uncle of Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela. They had five children:

  • Her Excellency Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (born 28 October/31 October 1968). She married in Palma de Mallorca on 12 September 1990 José Miguel Fernández y Sastrón, later Fernández-Sastrón (born 14 June 1959), son of Jorge Fernández y Menéndez and wife Eloísa Ana Sastrón y Herrera. They divorced on 16 October 2012. They have two sons and one daughter:
    • Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (born 23 September 1991)
    • Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (born 4 May 1995)
    • María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (born 17 January 2000), whose godfather is Felipe VI of Spain
  • His Excellency Don Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (born 6 December 1969), ?th Viscount de la Torre. On 2 January 2014 he married Winston Holmes Carney in the Consulate of Spain in Miami. They have one child:
    • Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Carney (born 2 March 2013)
  • His Excellency Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (born 15 June 1971), married in Madrid at the Church of la Encarnación on 5 October 2002 Bárbara Cano y de la Plaza and they have three sons:
    • Alejandro Juan Gómez-Acebo y Cano (born 5 November 2004)
    • Guillermo Gómez-Acebo y Cano (born 23 November 2005)
    • Álvaro Gómez-Acebo y Cano (born 30 May 2011), his godfather is Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou
  • His Excellency Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (born 20 May 1973), married model Laura Ponte y Martínez at La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, on 18 September 2004; separation confirmed in July 2009. They divorced in 2011, and have a son and a daughter:
    • Luis Felipe Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (born 1 July 2005), whose godfather is Felipe VI of Spain
    • Laura Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (born 1 July 2006) On 27 February 2016 Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón married Andrea Pascual Vicens at his mother's home in Puerta de Hierro, Madrid. Don Luis Beltrán and his second wife had a son:
    • Juan Gómez-Acebo y Pascual (born 17 July 2016)
  • His Excellency Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (born 13 September 1974), married Mónica Martín Luque in Madrid on 27 November 2004. Separation was announced in July 2011, and they divorced in January 2013. On 31 May 2016 Fernando married journalist Nadia Halamandari in Palaio Faliro, Athens. They have a son:
    • Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Halamandari (born 5 June 2016)

Equestrian sport

Pilar de Borbón has been supporting international equestrian sport. She was President of the International Equestrian Federation from 1994 to 2006, succeeded by HRH Princess Haya bint al Hussein. She wrote the foreword of the official Spanish translation of the national instruction handbook of the German National Equestrian Federation, Técnicas Avanzadas de Equitación - Manual Oficial de Instrucción de la Federación Ecuestre Alemana.

From 1996 to 2006 she was a member of the International Olympic Committee for Spain, when she became an honorary member, and Member of the Executive Board of the Spanish Olympic Committee.

From 2007 to 2009 she was President of Europa Nostra, the pan-European federation for cultural heritage.

Financial holdings

Mossack Fonseca files document that in August 1974, Pilar de Borbón became president and director of the Panama-registered company Delantera Financiera SA (registered May 1969) with her husband as secretary-treasurer and director. In 1993, London-based Timothy Lloyd who had represented the undisclosed owner of the company said that Pilar de Borbón owned it. After March 1993, the intermediary representing the company was Madrid-based Gómez-Acebo & Pombo (es) Abogados, a law firm founded by Pilar de Borbón's brother-in-law Ignacio Gómez-Acebo (es). From July 2006 until its dissolution in June 2014 Pilar de Borbón's son Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo Borbón was director and treasurer of the company.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 30 July 1936 - 13 April 1967: Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain
  • 13 April 1967 - 5 June 1967: Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz
  • 5 June 1967 - 6 November 1987: Her Excellency The Duchess of Badajoz, Viscountess of la Torre
  • 6 November 1987 - 9 March 1991: Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Viscountess of la Torre
  • 9 March 1991 – present: Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess of la Torre

The Infanta's style and title in full: Her Royal Highness Doña María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana Victoria Luisa Ignacia de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias de Gómez-Acebo, Infanta of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess of la Torre.

Honours

National honours

  • Spain: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III
  • Spain: 1,191st Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Queen Maria Luisa
  • Spain: Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sports Merit

Foreign honours

  • Kingdom of Greece Greek Royal Family: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Saints Olga and Sophia
  • Kingdom of the Two Sicilies Two Sicilian Royal Family (Hispano-Neapolitan branch): Dame Grand Cross of Justice of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
  • Portugal: Grand Cross of the Order of Infante Henry

Arms

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