Friday, August 19, 2016

The death of Duke of Medinaceli

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Only three years after succeeding his grandmother, Victoria Eugenia Fernandez de Cordoba, 18th Duchess of Medinaceli, who died on August 18, 2013,  HSH Prince Marco zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg, 19th Duke of Medinaceli, died on August 19, 2016, at the Virgen de los Reyes in Seville.   The Duke, who had been ill for some time, was admitted to the hospital several days ago.   He was born at Madrid on March 8, 1962, the eldest child of Prince Max Emanuel of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and  Doña Ana de Medina y Fernandez de Cordoba, 9th Countess of Ofalia and 13th Marquesa de Navahermosa, eldest child of the late Duchess of Mendinaceli.

Doña Ana died in 2012.

The Duke was 54 years old.  He was confirmed as Duke of Medinaceli in September 2014.  He had also applied for his grandmother's other titles, but these were not approved as there is a dispute with his uncle, the Duke of Segorbe.

In 1996,  Marco married German-born Sandra Schmidt-Polex.  They had two children, Princess Victoria (1997) and Prince Alexander (1999).  The couple was divorced in 2004.  Although Victoria and Alexander were born in Malaga, Spain, they moved to Germany with their mother after the divorce.

The late duke is survived by his two children, his brother, Prince Pablo, and his sister, Princess Flavia.

The heir to the ducal title is 19-year-old Princess Victoria, Countess of Ofalia.   She now lives in Madrid and is a student at the IB Business School.  She enjoys horseback riding and is fluent in Spanish, German, and English.

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