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Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón is the only daughter of HRH the Infanta Pilar and the late Duke of Badajoz, and the eldest niece of HM the King.

Simoneta married don José Miguel Fernández Sastrón, musician and grandson of the founder of Madrid’s first department stores(Galerías Preciados) in the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca in 1990. This was the first royal wedding since the restoration and the anticipation was felt through the island the week leading to the wedding. The 22 year old bride slept in the Royal Palace of La Almudaina the night before and walked from the Palace to the Cathedral on the arm of her father and godfather of the ceremony, don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, Duke of Badajoz and Viscount of la Torre.

TE doña Simoneta and the Duke of Badajoz

The dress, a white silk confection of Gianfranco Ferré for Christian Dior, was designed to showcase Queen María Cristina pearl and diamond tiara. It was the same tiara the Infanta Pilar used at her wedding and belonged to the Countess of Barcelona.

Queen Maria Cristina pearl and diamond tiara

The King, Queen and the Infantas Elena and Cristina arrived fifeen minutes before the bride.

TM the King and Queen and TRH the Infantas Elena and Cristina

Their Majesties greeting the groom and his mother inside the Cathedral.

The Prince of Asturias arrived with his cousin HE don Alfonso Zurita driving his own car, a white Seat Ibiza.

HRH the Prince of Asturias

Thousands of people waited and cheered the Royal Family and the guests, who included the Prince and Princess of Preslav, Princess Béatrice of Orléans, the Duchess and Duke of Alba, the baron and baroness Thyssen and important businessmen and bankers.

The groom arrives with his mother and godmother, doña Eloísa Satrón.

HRH the Infanta Pilar, mother of the bride, arrives with her eldest son Juan

The Count and Countess of Barcelona

TRH the Prince and Princess of Preslav

Princess Béatrice of Orléans and her daughter Clotilde

Inside the Cathedral

After the religious ceremony, the family went to the Palace of La Almudaina for a photo session. The wedding banquet  for the 800 guests was served in the Palace of Congresos del Pueblo Español.

The bride and the groom

The Duchess and Duke of Badajoz, parents of the bride, after the wedding took place

HRH the Infanta Margarita and her husband don Carlos Zurita with the Infanta Elena and the King

The brothers of the bride

Photos: Hola

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