Saturday, June 13, 2015

Royal Profile: 43 Facts about Infanta Cristina of Spain

  1. Infanta Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Santísima Trinidad de Borbon y Grecia was born 13 June 1965 {Source}.
  2. She is the second daughter of King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia {Source}
  3. She has two siblings{Source}:
    1. Infanta Elena 
    2. King Felipe VI
  4. Her godparents were {Source}:
    1. Don Alfonso de Bourbon, Duke of Cadiz (her 1st cousin 1x removed)
    2. Princess Maria Cristina de Borbon y Battenberg (her great aunt)
  5. She attended Colegio Santa María del Camino, recieving her high school leaving certificate in 1984 {Source}. 
  6. She then studied political science at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, earning a degree in 1989 {Source}. 
  7. In 1990-1991, she attended New York University, earning a Masters degree in International Relations {Source}. 
  8. In 1991, she interned at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris {Source}.
  9. Over the years, the youngest daughter of the former King & Queen of Spain has performed various duties both in Spain and abroad {Source}.
  10. She is honorary president of the Spanish Commission of UNESCO {Source}. 
  11. In October 2001 she was appointed by the UN Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations to the Second World Assembly on Ageing {Source}.
  12. 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}.
  13. She currently chairs the International Foundation for Disabled Sailing, IFDS and is a Director of Social La Caixa Foundation {Source}.
  14. On 4 October 1997, she was married to Don Inaki Urdangarin {Source}. 
  15. 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 for life{Source}.
  16. On 11 June 2015, her brother, now the King of Spain issued a royal decree 470/2015 stating: "Royal Decree 470/2015, of June 11, by which the faculty of using the title of Duchess of Palma de Mallorca is revoked from Her Royal Highness Infanta Doña Cristina" {Source}.
  17. She was also encouraged to renounce her succession rights, which given her children range in age from 10-15 years old, she would also renounce their succession rights as well{Source}.
  18. On 29 September 1999, she gave birth to her first child, a son, HE Don Juan Valentín de Todos los Santos {Source}
  19. Juan was followed by another son, Pablo Nicholas on 6 December 2000
  20. To be followed by a third son, Miguel on 30 April 2002 {Source}.
  21. Their fourth child, and only daughter Irene was born on 5 June 2005 {Source}.
  22. Like her siblings and the Greek side of her family, she is an active sportswoman. 
  23. She is active in the sport of sailing {Source}. 
  24. She has participated in numerous national and international competitions for sailing {Source}.
  25. She was a member of the 1988 Olympic Games Spainish Sailing team {Source}.
  26. Her husband was investigated from early 2012 on suspicion of fraudulently obtaining millions in public funds in the Nóos case.
  27. In April 2013, Infanta Cristina was formally named as a suspect in the case by the judge in charge{Source}.
  28. In light of the forthcoming trial, she and her children moved to Geneva, Switzerland in Summer 2013.
  29. On 7 January 2014, a Spanish judge charged her with tax fraud and money laundering and ordered her to appear in court {Source}.
  30. She made her first appearance in a court in Majorca on 8 February 2014, where she denied any knowledge of her husband's dealings{Source}
  31. Spanish judge Jose Castro formalized charges against Infanta Cristina on 25 June 2014 resulting in the possibility that she could face trial, with up to 11 years in jail if found guilty{Source}. 
  32. An appeal was lodged against the decision {Source}.
  33. In November 2014, the high court in Palma de Mallorca upheld tax fraud charges against the Infanta, paving the way for her to face trial; however, it decided to drop money-laundering charges. 
  34. Her lawyers maintain that they are completely convinced of her innocence {Source}.
  35. On December 22, 2014, the High Court of the Balearic Islands announced that Infanta Cristina, her husband and 15 others would stand trial on tax fraud charges 'as soon as next year' {Source}.
  36. She shares a birthday with (among others):
    1. Chris Evans (1981)
    2. Ashley Fuller Olsen (1986)
    3. Mary-Kate Olsen (1986)
  37. She is the niece of:
    1. King Constantine II of Greece
    2. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
    3. Princess Irene of Greece
    4. Infante Alfonso of Spain
    5. Infanta Pilar, The Duchess of Badajoz
    6. Infanta Margarita, The Duchess of Soria & Hernani.
  38. Her first cousins are:
    1. Princess Alexia of Greece & Denmark (1965)
    2. Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece (1967)
    3. Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1968)
    4. Prince Nikolaos of Greece & Denmark (1969)
    5. Don Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1969)
    6. Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1971)
    7. Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1973)
    8. Don Alfonso Juan Carlos Zurita y de Borbón (1973)
    9. Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1974)
    10. Doña  María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón (1975)
    11. Princess Theodora of Greece & Denmark (1983)
    12. Prince Philippos of Greece & Denmark (1986)
  39. Her 1st cousins 1x removed are:
    1. Mr. Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1991)
    2. Mr. Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1995)
    3. Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark (1996)
    4. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark(1998)
    5. Miss María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (2000)
    6. Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece and Denmark (2000)
    7. Miss Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
    8. Miss Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
    9. Prince Odysseus-Kimon of Greece and Denmark (2004)
    10. Master Alejandro Juan Gómez-Acebo y Cano (2004)
    11. Master Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005)
    12. Master Guillermo Gómez-Acebo y Cano (2005)
    13. Master Luis Felipe Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2005)
    14. Miss Laura Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2006)
    15. Miss Amelia Morales y de Grecia (2007)
    16. Prince Aristidis-Stavros of Greece and Denmark (2008)
    17. Master Álvaro Gómez-Acebo y Cano (2011)
    18. Master Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Carney (2013)
  40. Her nieces and nephews consist of:
    1. Don Felipe de Marichalar y Borbón (1998)
    2. Doña Victoria de Marichalar y Borbón (2000)
    3. The Princess Leonor of Asturias (2005)
    4. The Inftanta Sofia of Spain (2007)
  41. She is the daughter-in-law of  Juan Maria Urdangarin Berriochoa andClaire Liebaert Courtain {Source}.
  42. She is the sister-in-law of:
    1. Ana Urdangarin
    2. Clara  "Baby" Urdangarin 
    3. Cristina Urdangarin 
    4. LauraUrdangarin 
    5. Miche Urdangarin 
    6. Lucia Urdangarin
  43. She was named:
    1. Cristina: possibly for her godmother, Maria Cristina.
    2. Federica: the Spanish version of  Frederika, for her maternal grandmother.
    3. Victoria: for Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain, her great-grandmother
    4.  Antonia: not sure, possibly a name her parents liked
    5.  de la Santísima Trinidad:  meaning "of the Most Holy Trinity" in Spanish

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