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Juan Urdangarín Turns 13

  September 30, 2012 at 6:41 am by

His Excellency Don Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón, Grande de España turned 13 on September 29. Don Juan Urdangarín is the eldest son of Infanta Cristina of Spain and Don Iñaki Urdangarin, Duke Consort of Palma de Mallorca. His Excellency is the second eldest grandson of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, and is currently eighth in the line of Succession to the Spanish Throne. Don Juan has 2 younger … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos meets Former US President Bill Clinton

  September 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm by

New York – September 23rd, 2012 King Juan Carlos I attended the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Meeting in New York City on Sunday September 23rd. Afterwards, the King met with former US President Bill Clinton in a relaxed and jovial atmosphere, with Mr Clinton joking that the King’s seat was ‘not a throne’. The King and Mr Clinton discussed a range of issues including the economic situation in Spain, violence … Continue reading

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Doña María Zurita Turned 37 Years Old This Week

  September 21, 2012 at 7:18 am by

María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón was born in Madrid, Spain on September 16th, 1975. She is the only daughter of Infanta Margarita of Spain, Duchess of Soria and Hernani, and Don Carlos Zurita, Duke Consort of Soria and Hernani. María has an older brother, Don Alfonso Zurita. María is the youngest niece of King Juan Carlos I, but is not in line to the throne as her … Continue reading

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New Spanish Royal Family Website

  September 16, 2012 at 9:15 am by

On Monday September 10th, the newly redesigned Spanish Royal website — Casa de Su Majestad el Rey de España – Castellano — was launched. Replacing the old outdated site had been rumoured for some time, and the new site has a more professional look with a lot more information, photos and features. The new site banner features Their Majesties the King and Queen, and the site has video links and … Continue reading

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The Princess of Asturias Turns 40

  September 16, 2012 at 7:00 am by

September 15th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Doña Letizia, Princess of Asturias celebrated her 40th Birthday yesterday. The future Queen Consort of Spain was born on September 15th, 1972 in Oviedo, Asturias. Prior to her marriage to Prince Felipe in 2004, Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano worked as a journalist. The news of her engagement to the Prince was announced in November 2003 and caught many royal watchers by complete surprise. The couple … Continue reading

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Infantas Leonor and Sofia Back to School

  September 15, 2012 at 6:25 am by

Madrid – September 14th, 2012 It was the first day back at school for Infantas Leonor and Sofia after their long summer break. Dressed in their school uniforms and accompanied by their parents, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, the little Infantas arrived at the Santa Maria de los Rosales School in Aravaca near Madrid. Infanta Leonor turns seven next month, whilst her younger sister, Infanta Sofia, turned turn in … Continue reading

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Royal Anniversary: Death of Philip II of Spain

  September 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm by

On September 13th, 1598, King Philip II of Spain died at the Monasterio de El Escorial outside Madrid after a lengthy reign. Philip II held many titles: he was King of Castile, Aragon, Navarre, Majorca, Portugal, Sardinia and Naples, Duke of Milan, Burgundy, Lothier, Brabant, Limburg, Luxemburg and Lord of the Netherlands. Philip was born on May 21st, 1527, the only son of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, and his … Continue reading

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Spanish Historical Royal of the Month: Joanna of Austria

  September 12, 2012 at 3:24 am by

Joanna, Archduchess of Austria, Infanta of Castile and Aragon, Princess of Burgundy was born in Madrid on the 24th of June 1535. Joanna was the second surviving daughter of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and Isabella of Portugal. In 1552, she was married to Infante João Manuel of Portugal and their only surviving child was the future King Sebastian of Portugal. Following the death of Infante João Manuel in 1554, … Continue reading

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Doña Victoria Federica Celebrates 12th Birthday

  September 10, 2012 at 11:11 pm by

September 9th, 2012 Her Excellency Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar y Borbón celebrated her 12th birthday yesterday. Doña Victoria is the only daughter of HRH Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo and Don Jaime de Marichalar. The eldest granddaughter of Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain, she is currently sixth in the line of succession to the Spanish Throne. Doña Victoria Federica has an … Continue reading

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Infanta Elena and Children in London with Spanish Paralympic Team

  September 1, 2012 at 10:17 am by

London – August 28th, 2012 Infanta Elena of Spain and her two children, Don Felipe Juan Froilán and Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar travelled to London to support the Spanish Paralympic team at the London Paralympics 2012. Infanta Elena, the Duchess of Lugo, is the Honorary President of the Spanish Paralympic Committee. On Tuesday August 28th, Infanta Elena and Doña Victoria attended the flag raising ceremony at the Spanish Paralympic … Continue reading

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Duke & Duchess of Palma and Family Return to Barcelona

  September 1, 2012 at 9:39 am by

Barcelona – August 27th, 2012 Earlier this week, Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma, her husband Don Inaki Urdangarin and their four children, Juan, Pablo, Miguel and Irene, returned to their Barcelona residence. It is also believed that their four children will return to school in Barcelona shortly after the summer holidays. The family have lived in Washington, D.C. since 2009, when the Duke took up a lucrative position with Spanish … Continue reading

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Prince Felipe visits the Dominican Republic

  August 20, 2012 at 9:59 am by

August 15th-17th, 2012 – Dominican Republic It was back to work for The Prince of Asturias on August 15th after a short holiday on the Balearic Island of Mallorca. The Prince flew to the Dominican Republic to attend the inauguration of the nation’s President-Elect, Danilo Medina Sánchez. The Prince was there to represent the Spanish Crown, and arrived in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, on Wednesday August … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos Hosts Dinner for Balearic Authorities

  August 17, 2012 at 9:59 am by

August 8th,2012 – Palma de Mallorca His Majesty the King hosted the annual dinner for the Balearic Islands’ authorities at the the Royal Palace of La Almudaina in Palma de Mallorca. King Juan Carlos was joined by the Queen and the Prince and Princess of Asturias. Notably absent was Infanta Elena and her younger sister, Infanta Cristina and her husband, who have all been present over the past few years. … Continue reading

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Infantas Leonor and Sofia In Mallorca

  August 13, 2012 at 3:06 am by

Palma de Mallorca – August 2012 The Prince of Asturias and his two daughters, the Infantas Leonor and Sofia, arrived at Palma de Mallorca Airport during the afternoon of August 3rd. The Prince and his 2 daughters then travelled onto the Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca where they joined Queen Sofia, Infanta Elena and her children, Don Felipe Juan and Doña Victoria Federica. The Princess of Asturias arrived a … Continue reading

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King Juan Carlos Suffers Another Fall

  August 5, 2012 at 7:52 am by

Madrid – August 2nd, 2012 His Majesty King Juan Carlos suffered another fall yesterday while on a visit to the Defence Headquarters in Madrid. It appears that the King stumbled on a step having inspected and saluted a guard of honour and fell. The King immediately got back up and suffered nothing more than a few cuts and bruises to his chin and nose. The King later continued his visit … Continue reading

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Spanish Summer Holidays 2012 Begin

  July 31, 2012 at 9:17 am by

Members of the Spanish Royal Family have arrived on the Balearic Island of Mallorca to begin their traditional Summer Holiday on the island. On Sunday, Her Majesty the Queen arrived at the Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca, where she was joined by Infanta Elena and her children, Felipe Juan Froilan and Victoria, and also the four children of Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca – Juan, Pablo, Miguel … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar Turns 76

  July 31, 2012 at 8:53 am by

July 30th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre turned 76 yesterday. The Infanta is the elder sister of King Juan Carlos of Spain and also has a younger sister, Infanta Margarita. Infanta Pilar was born in Cannes, France on July 30th, 1936 during the exile of the Spanish Royal Family. Her full name is María del Pilar … Continue reading

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Duke and Duchess of Palma, Family Return to Barcelona

  July 29, 2012 at 8:47 am by

Barcelona – July 27th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca returned to Spain this week with her husband Don Inaki Urdangarin, Duke Consort of Palma de Mallorca and their four children. Having arrived in Madrid earlier this week, the Palma family travelled onto their Barcelona residence. It was announced recently that the Infanta Cristina and her children will travel next to Palma de … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia Presides Over Spanish Olympic Reception in London

  July 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm by

London, England – July 26th, 2012 Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain presided over a reception at the Spanish Embassy in London in honour of the Spanish Olympic Team. The Queen was accompanied by her sister-in-law, Her Royal Highness Infanta Pilar of Spain. Also present was the Spanish Ambassador to the United Kingdom, the Mayor of Madrid, the President of the Spanish Olympic Committee, and the Secretary of State for … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: Competitors

  July 27, 2012 at 9:36 am by

There is just over six hours to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXX Olympiad! Our third and final blog entry focusing on combined royal and Olympic history showcases royals who have themselves competed in an Olympic Games. Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia, Stockholm 1912 Prince Friedrich Karl competed for the German team in the team jumping event, winning a bronze medal for his efforts. Grand … Continue reading

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