Thursday, June 13, 2013

Royal Profile:Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallora

Infanta Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Santísima Trinidad de Borbon y Grecia was born 13 June 1965 and is the second daughter of King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia {Source}. She has two siblings, Infanta Elena & Prince Felipe  {Source}. Her godparents were  {Source}:
  • Don Alfonso de Bourbon, Duke of Cadiz (her 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Princess Maria Cristina de Borbon y Battenberg (her great aunt)

She attended Colegio Santa María del Camino, recieving her high school leaving certificate in 1984  {Source}. She then studied political science at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, earning a degree in 1989 {Source}. In 1990-1991, she attended New York University, earning a Masters degree in International Relations  {Source}. In 1991, she interned at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris  {Source}.

Over the years, the youngest daughter of the King & Queen of Spain has performed various duties both in Spain and abroad  {Source}. She is honorary president of  the Spanish Commission of UNESCO  {Source}. In October 2001 she was appointed by the UN Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations to the Second World Assembly on Ageing {Source}. She is a member of the Board of Trustees Dalí {Source}. She also provides support for various organizations linked to welfare and disabled persons {Source}. She currently chairs the International Foundation for Disabled Sailing, IFDS and is a Director of Social La Caixa Foundation  {Source}.

On 4 October 1997, she was married to Don Inaki Urdangarin  {Source}. Upon her marriage, her father granted her the title Duchess of Palma de Mallorca, which made her husband the Duke of Palma de Mallorca, and awarding their children the titles of His/Her Excellency Don/Doña {Source}. On 29 September 1999, she gave birth to her  first child, a son, HE Don Juan Valentín de Todos los Santos  {Source}. Juan was followed by another son, Pablo Nicholas on 6 December 2000, to be followed by a third son, Miguel s on 30 April 2002 {Source}. Their fourth child, and only daughter Irene was born on 5 June 2005 {Source}.

Like her siblings and the Greek side of her family, she is an active sportswoman. She is active in the sport of sailing {Source}. She has participated in numerous national and international competitions for sailing {Source}. She was a member of the 1988 Olympic Games Spainish Sailing team {Source}.

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