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PostSubject: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:11 pm


King Juan Carlos of Spain and his wife, the Queen Sofia,
arrive to the opening ceremony of IV International Congress of Spanish
Language, in Cartagena, Colombia, Monday, March 26, 2007

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:19 pm


Spain's King Juan Carlos attends a military parade, during the holiday known
as Dia de la Hispanidad or Spain's National Day, in Madrid, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:21 pm


Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and his bride Letizia Ortiz pose in the
Royal Palace in Madrid Saturday May 22, 2004, after their wedding.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:24 pm


Prince Felipe of Spain watches Switzerland's Roger Federer playing
Spain's Rafael Nadal, during their final match of the French Open tennis
tournament, at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, Sunday, June 10, 2007.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:26 pm


Crown Prince Felipe of Spain with his wife, Princess Letizia, as they
present their daughter Princess Sofia to the Virgen of Nuestra
Senora de Atocha on Sept.19, 2007, in Madrid.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:31 pm


Spain's King Juan Carlos, right, chats with French President Jacques Chirac, while
his wife Bernadette Chirac looks on prior to Prince Rainier III of Monaco's funeral
in the Monaco Cathedral, Friday April 15, 2005.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:11 pm


Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, Queen Sofia, Jose Miguel Arroyo, Philippine President
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Spanish King Juan Carlos and Princess Letizia.The notable
guests are in the Royal Palace in Madrid, before the gala dinner Monday, Dec. 3, 2007

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:16 pm


Spain's Crown Prince Felipe walks to a Eurofighter before a 45 minute flight as
the co-pilot from the Moron de la Frontera airbase, Spain, Monday April 21, 2008.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:13 pm


Belgium's Crown Prince Philippe, right, talks with Spain's Crown Prince Felipe
during a visit at the Royal Palace in Brussels, Wednesday, April 30, 2008.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:17 pm


Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and his wife, Princess Letzia, during the women's basketball match between Spain and China at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday,
Aug. 9, 2008.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:44 pm


Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, Princess Letizia and Queen Sofia
beforethe arrival of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for a
gala dinner at the royal palace in Madrid, Monday, March 2, 2009.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:54 pm


King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Queen Sofia of Spain arrive for H.M.
King Carl XVI Gustaf's private dinner to celebrate his 60th Birthday at
Drottningholm Palace on April 29, 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:59 pm


Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe, second from right, looks on while U.S. former
President Bill Clinton greets Spain's Queen Sofia in Cartagena, Colombia,
Monday, March 26, 2007.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:16 pm


Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia with Princess Letizia, holding baby
Sofia and their son Prince Felipe with his elder daughter Leonor at Zarzuela
Palace just outside of Madrid, Sunday, July 15, 2007.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:01 pm


Evelin, the wife of the President of Estonia, Tomas Hendrik,
walks with Spain's Queen Sofia at the Pardo Palace just outside
of Madrid, Monday, July 9, 2007. Hendrik is on an official visit to Spain.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:04 pm


Spain's Princess Leticia with Queen Sofia after a photocall
with the President of Uruguay Tabare Vazquez at the Royal
Palace before a Gala dinner in Madrid, Tuesday Sept. 18, 2007.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:07 pm


Queen Sofia of Spain during her tour of Tom Dy, Rehabilitation and Profession
Center for Women and Children Victims of Traffic and Sexual Exploitation, one of
AFESIP, the French acronym for Acting for Women in Distressing Situations, on the
outskirt of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:51 pm

As of 1978, Spain has been a Parlimentary System with a Constitutional Monarchy. This is similar to the system in Great Britain. The King is the head of the state and as such, represents Spain internationally.
The Spanish Constitution limits the authority of the King (and all future Monarchs) to mostly ceremonial powers. The King has the authority to propose candidates to serve as head of governments, but his proposal's must be approved by the Parliament.

King Juan Carlos I
is the current ruler of Spain. He was born on January 5, 1938 in Rome. His grandfather, Alphonso XIII, had given up the throne of Spain and moved the entire Royal family to Rome. In 1948 Juan Carlos returned to Spain to begin his education. In 1955 he began his studies at the military academies of the Navy, Army and Air Force. He eventually qualified as a military pilot. On May 14, 1962, in Athens he married Princess Sofía of Greece. In 1969 he was designated to be the next Head of State. On November 22, 1975, he was proclaimed King of Spain. In his first speech to the people of Spain he told them that he wished to restore democracy.
On May 1977 his father, who was never King, transferred to Juan Carlos all rights to the throne. One month later the first democratic elections since 1936 were held. On December 6th, 1978, the current constitution, which defined the role of the King, was adopted. In the last 20 years the King has become a very influential world figure. He is a major reason that Spain has once again assumed an important role in world affairs.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:58 pm


Queen Sofía
was born in Athens on November 2, 1938. She was the first daugher of King Paul I of Greece, Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark. Her family was forced to flee Greece during World War II.
Princess Sophia spent some of her childhood in Egypt where she took her early education in El Nasr Girls' College (EGC) in Alexandria, then went to South Africa during her family's exile from Greece during World War II. They returned to Greece in 1946.
On 14 May 1962 Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark married Infante Juan Carlos of Spain, whom she met on a cruise of the Greek Islands in 1954, in Athens at the Church of Saint Dennis. In doing so, she relinquished her rights to the throne of Greece and converted to Roman Catholicism from Greek Orthodoxy, an act of convenience in order to become more palatable to Catholic Spain. Further, the Latin transliteration of her Greek name (Σοφία), was changed from Sophia to the Spanish variant Sofía, which nonetheless is pronounced identically to the original Greek version. Sofia was able to bring a cool realism to the marriage and shifted Juan Carlos from the sphere of influence of his father Don Juan to a more realistic rapprochement with Franco.
In 1969, Prince Juan Carlos, who was never Prince of Asturias, the traditional title of the heir to the throne, was given the official title of Prince of Spain by the Spanish state; this was a title suggested by Sofia herself. Juan Carlos acceded to the throne as Juan Carlos I in 1975.
The couple have three children: HRH Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo born 20 December 1963, HRH Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca born 13 June 1965, and HRH Felipe, Prince of Asturias born 30 January 1968.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:23 pm

Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo (Elena María Isabel Dominica de Silos de Borbón y de Grecia; born 20 December 1963, Madrid), MA (Exon), is the elder daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía of Spain, and fourth in the line of succession to the Spanish throne.
She married Jaime de Marichalar y Sáenz de Tejada, son of the Count and Countess of Ripalda, on 18 March 1995, in Seville Cathedral, Seville, at which time her father conferred on her the title Duchess of Lugo for life.
They have two children:
His Excellency Felipe Juan Froilán de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón, Grandee of Spain (Grande de España) (born 17 July 1998)
Her Excellency Victoria Federica de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón, Grandee of Spain (Grande de España) (born 9 September 2000)
On 13 November 2007, it was announced that the Infanta had separated from her husband.
In November 2009, the Spanish media said that Infanta Elena and Jaime de Marichalar would divorce, although a rumour to that effect had been circulating for a year before the announcement was made. Their divorce papers were signed on 25 November 2009.
The Duchess and Duke of Lugo were divorced in December 2009. On 21 January 2010 the divorce was registered at the Civil Registry of the Spanish Royal Family. It was officially announced on 9 February 2010 that Jaime de Marichalar was no longer permitted to use the ducal title and that he was no longer considered to be an official member of the Spanish Royal Family.



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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:48 pm


Infanta Elena and Jaime de Marichalar in their engagement day

Infanta Elena with her father, King Juan Carlos in her wedding day with Jaime de Marichalar

Infanta Elena and Jaime de Marichalar in the wedding's ball of her cousin,
Princess Alexia of Greece

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:26 pm


Infanta Elena of Spain and Don Jaime de Marichalar in March 1995

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:55 pm


Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca
(Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Santísima Trinidad de Borbón y de Grecia; born 13 June 1965, Madrid), is the younger daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía of Spain. She is seventh in the line of succession to the Spanish throne, after her siblings, Felipe and Elena and their children.
She married team handball player Iñaki Urdangarín in Barcelona on 4 October 1997, at which time her father conferred on her the title Duchess of Palma de Mallorca for life. They have four children, all born in Barcelona:
His Excellency Juan Valentín de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón, Grandee of Spain (born 29 September 1999)
His Excellency Pablo Nicolás Sebastián de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón, Grandee of Spain (born 6 December 2000)
His Excellency Miguel de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón, Grandee of Spain (born 30 April 2002)
Her Excellency Irene de Todos los Santos Urdangarin y de Borbón, Grandee of Spain (born 5 June 2005)
They live in Barcelona, where the Infanta Cristina is in charge of the international cooperation program at La Caixa Foundation.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:07 pm


Pope Benedict XVI poses for a photo with Spain's Infanta Cristina, the Duchess of Palma de Mallorca,
and her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma de Mallorca, during an audience at the Vatican, Friday Sept. 19, 2008.

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PostSubject: Re: The Spanish Royal Family   Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:15 pm


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