The tiaras of Infanta Elena
Infanta Elena visiting her father yesterday in the hospital, her sister, Cristina went to visit the King today
Queen Frederica of Greece with her granddaughters: Infantas Elena and Christina of Spain and Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark
Members of the Spanish Royal Family attend Spain’s National Day Royal Reception at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima visit Spain on a state visit
Royal Watcher’s Guide to the Spanish Royal Family
TM King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia
TRH Princess Letizia, Infanta Leonor, Infanta Sofia, and Prince Felipe; Victoria Marichalar y Borbón, Infanta Elena, and Felipe
Marichalar y Borbón;Iñaki Urdangarín, Pablo Urdangarín y Borbón, Infanta Cristina, Miguel Urdangarín y Borbón, Juan Urdangarín y Borbón, and Irene Urdangarín y Borbón.
Juan Carlos (born 1938) married Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark (born 1938) in May 1962 in Greece. They had three children: Elena (born 1963), Cristina (born 1965), and Felipe (born 1968). Juan Carlos became King of Spain in 1975. Juan Carlos got in trouble in 2012 for an expensive elephant hunting holiday in Botswana. Juan held the role of Honorary President of the Spanish branch of the WWF, which was abolished by vote of the Spanish WWF.
Elena married Jaime de Marichalar (born 1963) in 1995. They had two children: Felipe (born 1998) and Victoria (born 2000). Jamie suffered a stroke in 2001 while at the gym. It paralyzed the left side of his body and face. He had to relearn how to walk and talk, though he never regained full use of his body. Elena and Jamie separated in 2007 and the divorce was finalized in 2009. Jamie no longer has use of Elena’s Ducal title, His Excellency style, and he is no longer a member of the Royal Family.
Cristina married Iñaki Urdangarín (born 1968) in October 1997 and they had four children: Juan (born 1999), Pablo (born 2000), Miguel (born 2002), and Irene (born 2005). Iñaki played Handball for the Spanish National Team. He and Cristina met at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He has two bronze medals (1996 & 2000 Summer Olympics). In 2011, Iñaki was accused of diverting public funds for his own profit. It was confirmed that he had sent funds to tax havens in Belize and the UK. The Royal Family has said that “Justice is the same for everyone” and Iñaki has not been allowed to participate in royal events and in early 2013, his page was removed from the Royal website. Cristina has also been named as a suspect in the case, but not much has come from it since. The case remains open.
Felipe married Newscaster Letizia Ortiz (born 1972) in May 2004. They have two daughters: Leonor (born 2005) and Sofia (born 2007). Letizia was divorced before she married Felipe, causing some issues in the largely Catholic country, but since her marriage was only a civil ceremony, the Catholic Church did not consider it canonically valid. In 2013, Letizia’s cousin David Rocasolano wrote a book called Adiós, Princesa that claims Letizia has had an abortion before she met Felipe, among other things.
Line of Succession to the Spanish Throne
Queen Sofia with her then little princess, Princess Elena
October 1990, the Infanta Elena at one of her University classes.
The Spanish Royal Family
Princess Frederika of Greece with her mother the Duchess of Brunswick and her first daughter Princess Sophia in 1938.
Princess Sofia of Spain with her mother Queen Frederica and her newborn daughter the Infanta Elena in 1963.
The “too trendy” and “mainstream” Princess Letizia of Spain
The Spanish Royal Family in the 1970s