King Juan Carlos I - Fast Facts
Here's a look at the life of King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
Personal: Birth date: January 5, 1938
Birth place: Rome, Italy
Birth name: Juan Carlos Alfonso Victor Maria de Borbon y Borbon
Father: Don Juan de Borbon y Battenburg, Count of Barcelona, third son of King Alfonso XIII of Spain
Mother: Dona Maria de las Mercedes de Borbon y Orleans, Princess of the Two Sicilies and Countess of Barcelona
Marriage: Princess Sofia of Greece (May 14, 1962-present)
Children: Infanta Elena of Spain, Elena Maria, Isabel, Dominica de Silos de Borbon y Grecia, Duchess of Lugo, December 20, 1963; Infanta Cristina of Asturias, Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Santísima Trinidad de Borbón y Grecia, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca, June 13, 1965; Prince of the Asturias, Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso y de la Santísima Trinidad y de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Grecia, January 30, 1968
Education: Marianist, Fribourg, Switzerland; Instituto San Isidro, Madrid, Spain; Navy Orphans' College, Spain; Saragossa Military Academy, Saragossa, Spain; Naval College, Marin, Spain; Spanish Air Academy, San Javier, Spain; University of Madrid, Spain
Military: Spanish Army, Spanish Navy, Spanish Air Force
Other Facts: The Spanish Royal Family pays income taxes by constitutional provision and lives in a converted hunting lodge, Zarzuela Palace by choice.
The Palacio Real, the Royal Palace, in Madrid is used for formal events such as visits from heads of state.
First visited the United States in 1958, during training as a naval midshipman aboard the Juan Sebastian Elcano.
In Athens, Greece, there were two ceremonies on the King's wedding day May 14, 1962. The first at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Dyonisius and the second, a Greek Orthodox rite, at the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral of the Virgin Mary.
Great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria, distant cousin to both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
Distant relative of fifteenth century's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain.
Both King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia are descendants of Queen Victoria.
Timeline: 1947 - Generalissimo Francisco Franco's Law of Succession declares the Spanish royal family will be restored to power upon his death.
1948 - Makes first trip to Spain, after Franco and Don Juan de Borbon agree to a Spanish education for the heir apparent.
1960 - Completes military training and became the first Spanish officer to hold the rank of lieutenant in all three branches of the military.
1962 - During honeymoon, visits the United States and meets President John F. Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy.
1969 - Invested as Crown Prince and the designated Franco successor.
November 22, 1975 - Crowned Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, two days after the death of Franco and restores the Spanish monarchy after a 44-year interregnum.
June 1-4, 1976 - First reigning Spanish monarch to visit the United States. He meets with President Gerald Ford.
1977 - Enacted political reforms that led to the first democratic election since 1936.
1978 - Adoption of a new constitution gives the monarchy more than a titular or ceremonial role in the government.
1981 - An attempted coup is blocked when forces loyal to the King refuse to join the rebellion.
2000 - Celebrates silver jubilee, 25th anniversary on the throne.
March 11, 2004 - Addresses the nation and visits the wounded after a terrorist attack claims 191 lives, and more than 1,800 wounded, when 10 bombs go off on four commuter trains during rush hour in Madrid.
October 2006 - Investigation begins into accusations surrounding bear hunting in Russia and shooting Mitrofan, a tame bear raised in captivity, after the bear had been fed honey spiked with vodka and released to make killing him easier.
August 2007 - Popularity with the public is falling due to royal household spending, the Russian bear incident and the questionable fitness of Prince Felipe to rule.
November 10, 2007 - Tells Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, "Why don't you shut up?" (¿Por qué no te callas?), during the Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile.
February 18-19, 2009 - With Queen Sofia, visits Pensacola, Florida in honor of the city's 450th birthday. After Pensacola they travel to Miami. They do not visit Washington, DC.
May 8, 2010 - Has growth removed from right lung, which turns out to be benign.
August 8, 2010 - With Queen Sofia, hosts Michelle Obama and her youngest daughter, Sasha, at the summer palace on Mallorca Island.
April 14, 2012 - King Juan Carlos undergoes hip replacement surgery after falling during a trip to Botswana.
July 2012 - Is dropped as honorary president of the World Wildlife Fund - Spain after his April Botswana hunting trip is criticized for its extravagance during an economic crisis. He held the honorary post since 1968.
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