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Sport Felipe VI, who were his grandmothers Maria de las Mercedes and Frederika?

03:50  20 august  2020
03:50  20 august  2020 Source:   parismatch.com

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María de las Mercedes , Princess of Asturias ( María de las Mercedes de Borbón y Habsburgo-Lorena) (11 September 1880 – 17 October 1904)

María de las Mercedes , often shortened to simply Mercedes , is a Spanish given name. It refers to the Virgin of Mercy (Spanish: La Virgen de la Merced or Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes ), one of the titles of Mary.

This August, the Royal Blog of Paris Match presents the grandmothers of current European monarchs to you. This Wednesday is the turn of King Felipe VI of Spain.

Le roi Felipe VI d’Espagne, le 11 mars 2020. A gauche, sa grand-mère paternelle, María de las Mercedes de Borbón y Orleans, vers 1947. A droite, sa grand-mère maternelle, Frederika de Hanovre en 1953, alors reine consort des Hellènes © JB Autissier / Panoramic / Bestimage - RDB / ullstein bild via Getty Images - Frank Scherschel / The LIF ... King Felipe VI of Spain, March 11, 2020. On the left, his paternal grandmother, María de las Mercedes de Borbón y Orleans, circa 1947. On the right, his maternal grandmother, Frederika of Hanover in 1953, then queen consort of the Hellenes

King of Spain since June 19, 2014 - date when his father abdicated in his favor -, Felipe VI was born on January 30, 1968. He is the third child and the only son of Prince Juan Carlos - chosen by General Franco to restore the monarchy in Spain after his death - and of Princess Sophie of Greece , renamed Sofia in Hispanic land.

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The Queens full name is Sophia Margarita Victoria Frederika . She is of the family of His parents were Juan de Borbon y Battenberg, Count of Barcelona and Head of the Spanish Royal Household since his father, King Alfonso XIII, relinquished this status, and Maria de las Mercedes de Borbon y

Maria de las Mercedes of Orléans (24 June 1860 – 26 June 1878) was Queen of Spain as the first wife of King Alfonso XII. She was born in Madrid, the daughter of Antoine of Orléans, Duke of Montpensier, and of Infanta Luisa Fernanda of Spain.

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Unlike King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark or Grand Duke Henry of Luxembourg, Felipe had his two grandmothers Frederika and Maria de las Mercedes. Both shared the experience of life in exile. But one had been Queen Consort, the other never was.

Felipe’s two grandmothers died in Spain

Granddaughter of William II, the last emperor of Germany, Frederika of Hanover was 50 when her grandson was born. Widow of the King of Hellenes Paul I, who died four years earlier, the former queen was forced to leave Greece in 1967, when her son King Constantine II had to go into exile with his wife Queen Anne-Marie and their two first children. It was in Madrid that she died at the age of 63, on February 6, 1981, following an operation. Felipe was 13 years old. And almost 32 years old when his other grandmother, María de las Mercedes de Borbón y Orleans, passed away, at 89 years old. Born Princess of the Two Sicilies, titled Countess of Barcelona after her marriage to the Infant Juan, she returned with him to Spain in 1976, after living in France, Italy, Switzerland and Portugal and seeing her son show on the throne, in place of her husband, as General Franco had decided.

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Frederika has been described as "inherently undemocratic".[13][14] She was notorious for her numerous arbitrary and unconstitutional interventions The generations indicate descent from George I, who formalised the use of the titles prince and princess for members of the British royal family.

Llegó la primavera, de momento hay que verla desde la ventana, pero esperamos volver pronto a la vía The last mortal remains deposited in the Pantheon have been those of King Alfonso XIII and his wife The remains of his son, Juan de Bourbon, and Maria de las Mercedes de Bourbon, his wife

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