The very glamorous niece of King Felipe of Spain has been dubbed the latest ‘It girl’ by society bible Tatler after making a name for herself on the European social scene.
Victoria de Marichalar y Borbón, 21, has taken Instagram by storm as she documents her stylish lifestyle, including trips to Greece, Italy’s Florence, and France’s capital for Paris Fashion Week.
The jet-setter, who is fifth in line to the Spanish throne, is the younger child and only daughter of King Felipe’s older sister, Infanta Elena, 58 and her ex-husband Jaime de Marichalar, 58.
She reportedly went to a boarding school in Sussex during her teenage years before enrolling at the College for International Studies (CIS), in Madrid, to study business administration and management.
Victoria has been dating DJ Jorge Bárcenas (pictured) since 2019, after meeting at the Starlite festival in Marbella, and the pair live together in an apartment on Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid.
Victoria went public on Instagram in 2019, aged 18, and has since amassed 113,000 followers, thanks to the glimpses she gives of her glamorous life.
Although she doesn’t have official royal duties, Princess Victoria occasionally takes part in engagements, such as acting as patroness of an equestrian exhibition in Sevilla’s bullring La Maestranza (pictured).
The royal made her first red carpet appearance at the ELLE Style Awards in October last year. Since then, fans have been eager to note the similarities between Victoria and her fashionable aunt Queen Letizia, and they share a love for Spanish designer Lorenzo Caprile.
In December, she attended the Moet & Chandon party at the royal theatre in Madrid. She sported a silver metallic dress for the occasion, featuring a cape detail and teamed with dazzling drop earrings (pictured).
The royal is also known to be a fan of bull-fighting. Victoria (second left) attended a performance by the bullfighter Gonzalo Caballero (right) during Chinchon Bullfighting Festival on October 20, 2018, in Chinchon.
At the time of her birth in 2000, Victoria was third in the line of succession, after her mother and Felipe. However, since the birth of her cousins Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofía, she is now fifth in line to the throne followed by her aunt, Infanta Cristina. Pictured: The princess in 2020.
Infanta Cristina announced this week that she and her husband Iñaki Urdangarin are splitting up, days after he was caught with another woman. The couple shared the news in a statement to Spain’s State News Agency, asking the public to respect their privacy and stating they would always be there to support their four children: Juan, 22, Pablo, 21, Miguel, 19 and Irene, 16.
The news comes less than a week after businessman Urdangarin, 54, was pictured holding hands with another woman, allegedly an unnamed co-worker at the Imaz & Asociados law firm, in a photo published by the Spanish magazine Lecturas (pictured, right).
Urdangarin married Infanta Cristina in 1997. In 2018, he was sentenced to five years in prison for embezzlement and money laundering in excess of $5.4 million (£4million) through his non-profit organization, the Noos Institute. Last year, he was granted permission to move to the Grade 3 Spanish prison regime, which means he only needs to report to prison once a week.
In their statement to EFE, the couple asked for ‘respect’ for a private decision ‘to end our marriage relationship by mutual agreement.’ They added that their commitment to their four children remains ‘intact’. Pictured: The former royal couple on June 19, 2000.
Meanwhile, earlier this month, an expert claimed Victoria’s maternal grandfather the former King of Spain Juan Carlos wants to return home and does not care about possibly damaging the Royal Family’s reputation by doing so. Juan Carlos, 83, who abdicated in 2014 in favor of his son Felipe VI, 53, has been living in Abu Dhabi since summer 2020 after becoming the target of several probes in Spain over his financial dealings.
However, the elderly royal is reportedly hoping to see out his final years at home, despite a majority of the Spanish public opposing his return. Speaking to The Times, Pablo Simon, a professor of political science at Carlos III University in Madrid, explained Juan Carlos ‘does not care’ whether his actions damage his son and his family.
The professor added that the monarch believes he has ‘done his part’ for Spain by playing an instrumental role in re-establishing democracy after the death of General Franco in 1975.
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