Saturday, June 2, 2012

Aristocratic Tragedy – Qatar's Mall Fire Takes the Lives of Three Grandchildren of the Spanish Duke of Nájera

On May 28 a fire consumed large sections of the elegant Villagio Shopping Mall in Doha, Qatar. Nineteen people lost their lives, among them three siblings:  Almudena, Camilo and Alfonso de Travesedo y Fernández de Casadevante.

The children lived in Doha with their parents,  Camilo and Elena de Travesedo. Don Camilo happens to be the son of the late Duke de Nájera, don Juan de Travesedo y Colón de Carvajal, who passed away in 2003. Duke Juan is a descendant of Christopher Columbus, as is the present Duke of Veragua and the entire Beéche clan.

It is indeed a sad tragedy for the family. Only one of their children survived because she was at home!

I have been to the Villagio Mall several times when visiting family in Qatar. My brother, Juan Carlos, is an Airbus pilot for Qatar Airways and has lived in Doha for several years.

Our deepest sympathies to the Travesedo family...May God Give Them Strength!

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