Officially, the Royal Family consists of the King, the Queen and their descendants. However there are more people with a royal title or conections and even the Royal Household slips from time to time and considers them members of the Royal Family, although they are supposed to be members of the King’s Family. For example the Infantas Pilar and Margarita and the Infante Carlos have carried out engagements reserved to members of the Royal Family. In this three parts guide to the very extended royal family, I’ve included every person alive with a Royal title, their spouses and children. The first part is the current Royal Family.
PART 1: THE ROYAL FAMILY
His Majesty The King .
Don Juan Carlos de Borbón y Borbón was born in Rome in 1938. His Majesty was the first son of the Count of Barcelona, head of the Royal House of Spain in exile and doña Mercedes de Borbón y Orléans.
Her Majesty the Queen.
Doña Sofía de Grecia, eldest daughter of King Pavlos I of Greece and his wife Frederica of Hanover, was born in Athens in 1938 and married King Juan Carlos in 1962.
His Royal Highness the Prince of Asturias.
Don Felipe de Borbón y Grecia, only son of Their Majesties and heir apparent to the throne since 1975, was born in Madrid in 1968.
Her Royal Highness the Princess of Asturias.
Doña Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, daughter of Don Jesús Ortiz Álvarez and Doña Paloma Rocasolano Rodríguez, was born in Oviedo (Asturias) in 1972. Before her marriage to the Prince of Asturias in 2004 Her Royal Highness worked as a successful journalist.
Her Royal Highness the Infanta Leonor.
Doña Leonor de Borbón y Ortiz is the eldest daughter and heiress presumptive of the Prince of Asturias. The Infanta was born in Madrid in 2005.
Her Royal Highness the Infanta Sofía.
Doña Sofía de Borbón y Ortiz is the youngest daughter of the Prince and Princess of Asturias. The baby of the Royal Family, she was born in 2007 in Madrid and is third in line to the throne after her father and elder sister.
Her Royal Highness the Infanta Doña Elena, Duchess of Lugo.
Doña Elena de Borbón y Grecia is the eldest daughter of Their Majesties. She was born in Madrid in 1963 and divorced don Jaime de Marichalar y Sáenz de Tejada in 2010. Her Royal Highness lives in Madrid with her children.
His Excellency Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y Borbón.
Felipe is the only son of the Infanta Elena and her ex husband don Jaime de Marichalar y Sáenz de Tejada. He was born in Madrid in 1998 and was the first grandchild of Their Majesties.
Her Excellency Victoria Federica de Marichalar y Borbón.
Victoria Federica is the youngest child and only daughter of the Duchess of Lugo and her ex husband don Jaime de Marichalar. She was born in Madrid, where she lives with her mother and brother, in 2000. Victoria is the eldest granddaughter of the King and Queen.
Her Royal Highness the Infanta Doña Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca.
Doña Cristina de Borbón y Grecia, second daughter of Their Majesties, was born in Madrid in 1965. She married don Iñaki Urdangarín y Liebaert in 1997 in Barcelona. Currently the Infanta and her family live in Washington, D.C.
His Excellency the Duke of Palma de Mallorca.
Don Iñaki Urdangarín y Liebaert , the sixth child of Don Juan María Urdangarin Berriochoa and Doña Claire Liebaert Courtain, was born in Zumárraga(Guipúzcoa) in 1968. The Duke of Palma de Mallorca, who was a professional handball player and obtained a business degree, works for Telefónica in Washington, D.C.
His Excellency Juan Valentín de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón.
Juan Valentín is the first child of the Duchess and Duke of Palma. He was born in Barcelona in 1999 and studies in the French Lycée in Washington.
His Excellency Pablo Nicolás Urdangarín y de Borbón.
Pablo Nicolás was born in Barcelona in 2000 and like the rest of his siblings, studies in the French Lycée in Washington.
His Excellency Miguel de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón.
Born in 2002 in Barcelona, Miguel is the third son of the Infanta and the Duke.
Her Excellency Irene Urdangarín y de Borbón.
The only girl and the baby of the family, Irene was born in Barcelona in 2005. She is the last person in the line of succesion to the throne as the Spanish Constitution only considers Juan Carlos I’s descendants.
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