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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.


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.


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

General Military Academy, Zaragoza. University of Madrid.


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.


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


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