Under article 3 Organic Law 2/1984, of March 26, regulating the right of rectification, we publish this rectification of the Royal Association of Hidalgos of Spain to the information entitled “The count who falsified his nobility: the picaresque nobility who forced the Council of Ministers to act” and “Nobility in doubt: the largest noble association in Spain that came to preside over a false count”.
1) All the people who joined the Royal Association of Hidalgos of Spain did so after proving one of the types of nobility (in short: nobility of blood or nobility, nobility of personal privilege, nobility of transmissible privilege and nobility of office). In any case, the members that the Royal Association currently has who joined by nobility of office do not exceed 4% of its members.
2) Don José Antonio Martínez de Villareal, who was president of the Royal Association of Hidalgos of Spain, entered with the status of nobleman as a descendant hidalgo by agnate line of such, as stated in the corresponding nobility process before the Sala de the Hijosdalgo of the Royal Chancery of Valladolid. His nobility was not derived from the county, so it cannot be claimed that he “falsified his nobility.”
3) The President of the Royal Association of Hidalgos of Spain, Mr. Manuel Pardo de Vera, has never affirmed or acknowledged that Mr. Vicente de Cadenas was “a character with many lights, but also with great shadows”.
4) The alleged legal non-existence of the untitled nobility who affirms the information contradicts different judicial decisions, among others, a judgment of the Court of First Instance no. 4 of Barcelona of 1984, another sentence of the Territorial Court of Madrid of 1988 or the sentence 27/1982 of the Constitutional Court that declares with better right in the succession of a title who married a noble person (condition established in the Letter of concession of the Title), “institutionally understanding as noble a person of noble lineage”, that is, a noble person, even if he lacks a noble title.
5) The Coronel de Palma joined the Royal Association of Hidalgos de España proving their nobility, which is not affected by their social or commercial situation. The nobility in the Kingdom of Valencia is absolutely different from that of the Crown of Castile, even in their denominations.
6) Regarding the other cases of specific people, current nobles associated with the Royal Association of Hidalgos of Spain, and of other important nobility corporations, cited in the information with names and surnames, all have demonstrated their status as nobles to enter the Royal Association of Gentlemen of Spain, either with positive acts or with full proof.
7) The residences of the Royal Association of Gentlemen of Spain have always, since their creation, been open to all people who wish to live in them. They were never reserved to members of said Royal Association or to nobles “without resources.” Associates have access to a discount that, depending on their seniority in the Royal Association, can reach 25%, which was higher before. Employees of the Royal Association of Hidalgos of Spain and their closest relatives also have access to this type of discounts.
8) The Royal Association of Hidalgos of Spain joined CILANE in 1981. The change in attitude of CILANE occurred because they wanted the representation of Spain to be formed by a committee that would bring together various Spanish corporations (Diputación de la Grandeza, Órdenes Military, Royal Masters, Corps of the Nobility of Madrid, etc.) to which the Royal Association of Hidalgos of Spain opposed, as unfeasible. The result is that, for eleven years, Spain has not been represented in CILANE.