The members of the Spanish royal family enjoy the affection and respect of the Spanish people.
The Spanish royal family is made up of H.M. the King Juan Carlos, H.M. the Queen Sofía, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Felipe and Letizia, and their daughters, Leonor and Sofía. Also members of the family are the following: H.R.H. Princess Elena; H.R.H. Princess Cristina and the children of the princesses, Felipe Juan Froilán de Todos los Santos, Victoria Federica, Juan Valentín de Todos los Santos, Pablo Nicolás, Miguel and Irene. His Majesty the King, son of Don Juan de Borbón y Battenberg, Count of Barcelona and Doña María de las Mercedes de Borbón y Orleans, was born on 5 January 1938 in Rome. He was educated in Spain and made Officer in the Academies and Military Colleges of the three armies. He also gained the title of military pilot and studied Political and International Law, Economics and Public Finances. On 14 May 1962 he married HM. the Princess Sofia of Greece and was appointed successor to the Chief of State in 1969.
He was proclaimed King on 22 November 1975 and throughout his reign has received numerous international prizes in recognition of his pro-European stance and his role in the re-establishment of democracy in Spain. The Queen Doña Sofía, daughter of the King and Queen of Greece Pablo I and Federica, was born in Athens on 2 November 1938. Her education was oriented toward childcare, music and archaeology. In addition to participating in institutional and official acts, she dedicates a great part of her time to social and aid-related acts, which enables direct contact with the Spanish people, whose affection she has enjoyed throughout all these years. His Royal Highness, the Prince of Asturias, Don Felipe de Borbón y Grecia, is the third child and only son of Their Majesties the King and Queen. He was born in Madrid on 30 January 1968 and became heir to the Crown since his father was proclaimed King. He holds the title of Prince of Asturias, Prince of Gerona and Prince of Viana, as well as the titles of Duke of Montblanc, Count of Cervera and Lord of Balaguer.
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