Friday, January 30, 2015

Royal Profile: King Felipe VI of Spain

King Felipe VI of Spain was born as the third child and only son of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia on 30 January 1968{Source}. He has two sisters{Source}:
  • Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo
  • Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca
He was named for{Source}:

  • Felipe: in memory of the first Bourbon to reign in Spain
  • Juan: His paternal grandfather, the Count of Barcelona
  • Pablo: His maternal grandfather, King Paul (Pablo in Spanish) of Greece
  • Alfonso: His paternal great-grandfather, King Alfonso XIII of Spain
His godparents were{Source}:

  • Juan de Borbon, Count of Bareclona (paternal grandfather)
  • Queen Victoria Eugenia (paternal great-grandmother) 
He attended the Santa Maria de los Rosales School until 1984{Source}. He completed his secondary education, made the last-equivalent school at University Orientation Course-in Lakefield College School in Canada course in 1985{Source}. From September 1985 to July 1988, he undertook military studies at the General Military Academy of Zaragoza, where he served Pledge of Allegiance on October 11, 1985{Source}. He continued his military training at the Naval School of Marín and the General Air Academy in San Javier successively receiving in the month of July 1989 the offices of lieutenant of Infantry, Lieutenant Junior Grade and Lieutenant Aviation Weapon{Source}. From October 1988 to June 1993 he studied at the Autonomous University of Madrid, where he graduated in law, also studying various subjects in the degree of Economics in order to complete their training in this area{Source} In September 1993 he began a Masters in International Relations at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (Washington DC) graduated on May 26, 1995{Source}.

He began his public duties when he proclaimed his allegence to his father on 22 November 1975 {Source}. He recieved the titles of Prince of Asturias, along with the Prince of Girona and Prince of Viana on 22 January 1977 {Source}. In 1981, he received the Illustrious Order of the Golden Fleece {Source}. On his 18th birthday in 1986, he swore before parliement loyallty to the king, to faithfully perform funtions, observe and enforce the Constitution and laws, and rights of the citizens and the Autonomous Communities, assuming the fullness of its institutional role as successor to the Crown {Source}.

On 1 November 2003, his parents announced his engagement to commoner journalist, Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano {Source}. The religous ceremony took place on 22 May 2014 in Spain {Source}. Together, they have two daughters:
  • Princess Leonor of Asturias (31 October 2005)
  • Infanta Sofia (29 April 2007).

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