Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Royal Profile: Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y de Borbón

Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y de Borbón was born 17 July 1998, the eldest son of Infanta Elena and Don Jaime de Marichalar {Source}. He has one younger sister{Source} :
  •  Doña Victoria Federica de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón (2000)

 He is in 5th line for the Spanish throne after his mother. His godparents were:

He was named:
  • Felipe: after his uncle, King Felipe VI
  • Juan: after his great-grandfather the Count of Barcelona 
  • Froilán: after the patron saint of Lugo (his parents were the Duke and Duchess of Lugo, now just his mother retains the title-his father lost it in the divorce in 2009) 
  • Todos los Santos: as it is customary among the Bourbons
He was educated mostly in Spain, and has also attended schooling in the United States. Felipe Juan Froilán attended the Santa Maria del Pilar School in Madrid {Source}. However, it has been reported that he was dismissed from the school after failing his end-of-year exams twice {Source}. He was reportedly sent a boarding school in Sussex, England to complete his education {Source}. However, it was recently reported that he graduated from Blue Ridge School in Virginia, The United States in May 2017 {Source}. In the fall of 2017, he began attending CIS College of International Studies in Spain {Source}.

His parents divorced in 2009.

On April 9, 2012 Felipe, while he was on a farm of his father's family in Garray (Soria), accidentally shot himself himself in his left foot{Source}. His father had to declare to the Civil Guard because Spanish law does not permit to use firearms to people under 14{Source}. The judge dismissed the case against Don Jaime de Marichalar, considering it not negligence but a misdemeanor {Source}.

He is a member of the Spanish Royal Family, but is no longer considered a member of the Royal House. On occasion, he does appear publicly on behalf of his family, often with his mother and sister, and have included hospital visits after the death of his paternal grandmother in March 2014 and the numerous times King Juan Carlos I was in the hospital in the last few years. Together, with his mother and sister, they attended the 2012 London Olympics {Photos} and the 2011 Bullfighting Autumn Fair {Photos}. In 2014, he was spotted attending his uncle's enthronement and grandfather's abdication ceremony with his mother {Video spotted for the 1st time next to his mother at approximately :31}.

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