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His Majesty JUAN CARLOS I

His Majesty JUAN CARLOS I, King of Spain, Head of State, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Head of the Supreme Council of Defence. Charlemagne Prize, 1982, Bolivar Prize (UNESCO), 1983; Nansen Medal, 1987; Doctor honoris causa Strasbourg University, 1979, University Madrid, University of Harvard, 1984, Sorbonne, 1985, Oxford, Trinity (Dublin), 1986, Bologna, 1988.

Background

  • JUAN CARLOS I, His Majesty was born on January 5, 1938 in Rome, Italy. Parents: HRH Don Juan de Borbón y Battenberg, Count of Barcelona and HRH Doña Maria de las Mercedes de Borbón y Orleans.

  • Education

    • Educated privately in Fribourg (Switzerland), Madrid. San Sebastián, Institute of San Isidro. Madrid, Colegio del Carmen.

      General Military Academy, Zaragoza. University of Madrid.

    Career

    • Commissioned into the three armed forces, 1957-1959. Studied organization and activities of various government ministries. Named by General Franco as future King of Spain, 1969.

      Inaugurated as King of Spain, November 1975. Named as Capt.-Gen. of the Armed Forces, Nov, 1975.

    Membership

    Clubs: foreign member, Académie des sciences morales et politiques, Association, member, 1988.

    Connections

    • Spouse Princess Sophia. Children: Crown Prince Felipe, Princess Elena, Princess Cristina.
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