His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain attended the funeral of Prince Marco of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, , 19th Duke of Medinaceli, Grandee of Spain, who died on 19 August. The Duchy of Medinaceli is one of the oldest in the Kingdom of Spain and dates back to the 13th century. It was created by Queen Isabella I of Castile for Luis de la Cerda y de la Vega, a descendant of King Alfonso X of Castile. The 19th Duke of Medinaceli was born in 1962 as the son of Prince Max of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Ana Medina y Fernández de Córdoba. He was the eldest of three children. He also had a younger brother, Prince Pablo of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born 1963) and a younger sister, Princess Flavia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born 1964).
The 19th Duke of Medinaceli held the title for just three years, having inherited it from his grandmother Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba, the 18th Duchess in 2013. His mother Doña Ana Luisa de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba, 12th Marquise of Navahermosa had predeceased her mother in 2012. The 19th Duke of Medinaceli was just 54 years old when he died. He had been ill for some time and died at the Virgen de los Reyes hospital in Seville.
He had married Sandra Schmidt-Polex in 1996 and they have two children together, Princess Victoria (born 1997) and Prince Alexander (born 1999). They were divorced in 2004. The children lived in Germany with their mother after the divorce.
The new Duchess of Medinaceli is the couple’s daughter Princess Victoria. She is just 19 years old and inherits one of the most long-lived titles in the history of the Kingdom of Spain. Since 2006 the succession to Spanish noble titles is established in the first born child, regardless of gender.
The funeral was held in the Basilica of Jesus de Medinaceli in Madrid on 6 September.