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Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz

Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz

Spanish infanta
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Spanish infanta
Gender female
Birth 30 July 1936 (Cannes, arrondissement of Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur)
Star sign Leo
Mother: Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Father: Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona
Siblings: Juan Carlos IInfante Alfonso of SpainInfanta MargaritaDuchess of Soria
Spouse: Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada
Children: Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón
The details

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 on the Portuguese Riviera.

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 at Jerónimos Monastery. They had five children:

  • Her Excellency Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (31 October 1968) she married José Miguel Fernández-Sastrón on 12 September 1990 and they were divorce on 16 October 2012. They have three children:
    • Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (23 September 1991)
    • Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (4 May 1995)
    • María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (17 January 2000)
  • His Excellency Don Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón, Vizconde de la Torre (6 December 1969) he married Winston Holmes Carney on 2 January 2014. They have one son:
    • Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Carney (2 March 2013)
  • His Excellency Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (15 June 1971) he married árbara Cano y de la Plaza on 5 October 2002. 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 (20 May 1973) he married Laura Ponte y Martínez on 18 September 2004 and they were divorce on 2011. They have two children. He remarried Andrea Pascual Vicens on 27 February 2016. They have one son:
    • Luis Felipe Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (1 July 2005), whose godfather is Felipe VI of Spain
    • Laura Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (1 July 2006)
    • Juan Gómez-Acebo y Pascual (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. Later divorced. They have a son:
    • Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Halamandari (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.

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 The Duchess of Badajoz
  • 5 June 1967 - 9 March 1991: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Badajoz, Viscountess of La Torre
  • 9 March 1991 – present: Her Royal Highness The 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, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess of La Torre.


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


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