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Infanta Cristina
Duchess of Palma de Mallorca (more)

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Spouse Iñaki Urdangarín, Duke of Palma de Mallorca
Issue
Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón
Pablo Urdangarín y de Borbón
Miguel Urdangarín y de Borbón
Irene Urdangarín y de Borbón
Full name
Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia
House House of Bourbon
Father Juan Carlos I
Mother Sophia of Greece and Denmark
Born 13 June 1965 (1965-06-13) (age 52)
Madrid, Spain
Religion Roman Catholicism

Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca (Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Santísima Trinidad de Borbón y de Grecia; born 13 June 1965, Madrid), is the younger daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía of Spain. She is seventh in the line of succession to the Spanish throne, after her siblings, Felipe and Elena and their children.

Early lifeEdit

Cristina was born in Madrid and was baptized into the Church at the Palacio de La Zarzuela by the Archbishop of Madrid. Her godparents were Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz, and Infanta Maria Cristina of Spain.

EducationEdit

She received her secondary education at Santa María del Camino School and she graduated from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1989 with a degree in political science. She continued her studies at New York University, obtaining a master's degree in international relations in 1990. In 1991, she gained practical experience working at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

The Infanta is fluent in Catalan, English, French, Greek and Spanish.

Personal lifeEdit

They have lived in Washington DC since 2009, where Iñaki works for Telefonica.

MarriageEdit

She married team handball player Iñaki Urdangarín in Barcelona on 4 October 1997, at which time her father conferred on her the title Duchess of Palma de Mallorca for life.

ChildrenEdit

They have four children, all born in Barcelona:

Royal lifeEdit

Activities in Spain and abroadEdit

Christina carries out many institutional, cultural, academic and welfare activities in Spain and abroad, especially in European and Latin American countries.

As Honorary President of the Spanish Committee of UNESCO, she has maintained her links with this international organization and with several of its projects, especially educational ones, with a focus on activities to protect the natural and artistic heritage. In October 2001, she was appointed Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations for the 2nd World Assembly on Ageing. She is also a member of the Dali Foundation Board of Trustees.

She supports a number of welfare bodies and participates personally in courses on adapted sailing for the handicapped. She is the President of the International Foundation for Disabled Sailing.

She's also been a member of the Bilderberg group since 2001, with her mother Queen Sofia of Spain and her father Juan Carlos I, King of Spain.

Sports and participation in the OlympicsEdit

She practices a number of sports including skiing, but her favorite is sailing. She has taken part in many national and international events and was a member of the Spanish Olympic sailing team at the Seoul Games in 1988 where she was standard bearer in the opening parade.

Titles, styles and honorsEdit

TitlesEdit

  • 13 June 1965-26 September 1997: Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina of Spain
  • 26 September 1997-: Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca

The Infanta's style and title in full: Her Royal Highness Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Santísima Trinidad, Infanta of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca.

HonorsEdit

External linksEdit

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