Descendants of Juan Carlos I de Borbón (Juan Carlos de España)
To the grandchildren.
Juan Carlos I de Borbón (Juan Carlos de España), born
on 5 January 1938, Roma, Italia, baptized - Capilla de la Soberana Orden Militar
de Malta, Roma, Italia.
Married on 14 May 1962, Catedral Católica de Saint-Denis y Catedral Ortodoxa de la Anunciación, Atenas, Grécia, to Sophie von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (Sofía de Grécia), born on 2 November 1938, Palacio de Psychiko, Atenas, Grécia, with
Total: 16 persons
The Royal Family in Palma de Mallorca, August 2007.
|Juan Carlos I de Borbón (Juan Carlos de España), Rey de España 1938-|
|&1962 Sophie von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (Sofía de Grécia), Reina de España 1938-|
|Elena de Borbón, Duquesa de Lugo 1963-||Cristina de Borbón, Duquesa de Palma de Mallorca 1965-||Felipe de Borbón, Príncipe de Asturias 1968-|
|&1995 Jaime de Marichalar, Duque de Lugo 1963-||&1997 Iñaki Urdangarín, Duque de Palma de Mallorca 1968-||&2004 Letizia Ortiz, Princesa de Asturias 1972-|
|Felipe 1998-||Victoria Federica 2000-||Juan 1999-||Pablo Nicolás 2000-||Miguel 2002-||Irene 2005-||Leonor 2005-||Sofía 2007|
Son of Infant Don Juan of Spain, Count of Barcelona, and
Princess Mercedes de Borbón, Infanta of Spain, Juan Carlos was born on 5 January
1938 in Rome, where the family was in exile. Weeks before his death in Rome in
1941, King Alfonso XIII formally transferred his power to Don Juan, no doubt in
an attempt to emphasize the legitimacy of his son's succession. Although Don
Juan pressed Franco to step down and proclaim restoration of the monarchy, the
general continued to rule Spain. In 1947, a Law of Succession was promulgated
restoring the monarchy. However, the General was left by the terms of the act to
designate both his successor and the time of return.
In 1949, the General had met with the Count of Barcelona, and they agreed that Juan's elder son, Juan Carlos, should be educated at a preparatory school in Madrid. He would later attend the military, naval and air academies as well as Madrid's university. Juan Carlos' position was further strengthened when, on 14 May 1962 in Athens, he married Princess Sofia of Greece and Denmark. The couple were given the Zarzuela Palace outside Madrid as their official residence. Three children, the Infantas Elena and Cristina and finally a son, Infante Felipe, were born, thus assuring the succession.
On 22 November 1975, two days after Franco's death, Juan Carlos was proclaimed King Juan Carlos I of Spain. Long before Juan Carlos's accession, politicians of both the right and the left (as well as many of the centre) had predicted that he would be known to history as 'Juan the Brief'. Considered by most to be a mere pawn of Franco, possessing none of Franco's astuteness, Juan Carlos had in fact spent many years in a position which itself called for tact and diplomacy. Treading carefully between differing factions that made up Franco's Spain, he managed to survive without offending any, nor becoming the client of any.