King Juan Carlos’s Milestone Eightieth Birthday: Photo Retrospective

  January 5, 2018 at 2:00 am by

Spain’s King Juan Carlos I, the former reigning monarch, today celebrates his eightieth birthday.

He was born in 1938 in Rome, the elder son of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona – son of Alfonso XIII, the last Spanish King before the monarchy was abolished – and his wife, Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. Juan Carlos was officially named the successor to Spain’s dictator, Generalísimo Francisco Franco, in 1969 – upon Franco’s death in November 1975, Juan Carlos was proclaimed King of Spain.

In May 1962, Prince Juan Carlos was married to Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark, the elder daughter of the King of Hellenes. They had three children: Infanta Elena, Infanta Cristina and King Felipe VI.

To mark this milestone birthday, we’ve put together a photo retrospective of King Juan Carlos’s life.

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1945: Infante Juan Carlos during his studies in Madrid

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1947: Infante Juan Carlos (third from left) with his parents and siblings

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July 1957: Infante Juan Carlos with his father, the Count of Barcelona

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September 1961: Infante Juan Carlos (third from right) poses with his new fiancee, Princess Sophia of Greece (fourth from right), and their two families following the announcement of the couple’s engagement

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May 14, 1962: Infante Juan Carlos marries Princess Sophia in Athens

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January 1964: Prince Juan Carlos with Princess Sofia and their first child, daughter Elena

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October 1973: Prince Juan Carlos, Princess Sofia and their three children

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November 27, 1975: King Juan Carlos I is enthroned

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February 23, 1981: King Juan Carlos appears on television during an attempted military coup, denouncing the coup leaders and calling for full support for the Spanish democratic government

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June 1983: King Juan Carlos I takes the salute during Armed Forces Day 

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September 1998: King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia with Pope John Paul II

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May 22, 2004: King Juan Carlos following the wedding of his son and heir, Felipe, to Letizia Ortiz

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August 2007: King Juan Carlos (C) with his wife, children and grandchildren on summer vacation in Mallorca 

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August 2009: King Juan Carlos aboard the ‘Bribon’ during the 28th Copa del Rey Mapfre Audi Sailing Cup

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June 18, 2014: King Juan Carlos hugs his son, the new King Felipe VI, following the signing of his abdication

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One Response to King Juan Carlos’s Milestone Eightieth Birthday: Photo Retrospective

  1. Carmen says:

    Bellissima L’ ultima foto.

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