- Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca
Infanta Cristina Duchess of Palma de Mallorca Spouse Iñaki Urdangarín, Duke of Palma de Mallorca Issue Juan Valentín Urdangarín y de Borbón
Pablo Nicolás Urdangarín y de Borbón
Miguel Urdangarín y de Borbón
Irene Urdangarín y de Borbón
Full name Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia House House of Bourbon Father Juan Carlos I of Spain Mother Sophia of Greece and Denmark Born 13 June 1965
Religion Roman Catholicism Spanish Royal Family
- HRH The Prince of Asturias
HRH The Princess of Asturias
- HRH The Duchess of Lugo
- HRH The Duchess of Palma de Mallorca
HE The Duke of Palma de Mallorca
Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca (Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Santísima Trinidad de Borbón y de Grecia; born 13 June 1965, Madrid), is the younger daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía of Spain. She is seventh in the line of succession to the Spanish throne, after her siblings, Felipe and Elena and their children.
Cristina was born in Madrid and was baptized into the Church at the Palacio de La Zarzuela by the Archbishop of Madrid. Her godparents were Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz, and Infanta Maria Cristina of Spain.
She received her secondary education at Santa María del Camino School and she graduated from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1989 with a degree in political science. She continued her studies at New York University, obtaining a master's degree in international relations in 1990. In 1991, she gained practical experience working at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
The Infanta is fluent in Catalan, English, French, Greek and Spanish.
Marriage and children
She married team handball player Iñaki Urdangarín in Barcelona on 4 October 1997, at which time her father conferred on her the title Duchess of Palma de Mallorca for life. They have four children, all born in Barcelona:
- His Excellency Juan Valentín de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón, Grandee of Spain (born 29 September 1999)
- His Excellency Pablo Nicolás Sebastián de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón, Grandee of Spain (born 6 December 2000)
- His Excellency Miguel de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón, Grandee of Spain (born 30 April 2002)
- Her Excellency Irene de Todos los Santos Urdangarin y de Borbón, Grandee of Spain (born 5 June 2005)
They have lived in Washington DC since 2009, where Iñaki Urdangarín works for Telefonica.
Activities in Spain and abroad
She carries out many institutional, cultural, academic and welfare activities in Spain and abroad, especially in European and Latin American countries.
As Honorary President of the Spanish Committee of UNESCO, she has maintained her links with this international organization and with several of its projects, especially educational ones, with a focus on activities to protect the natural and artistic heritage. In October 2001, she was appointed Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations for the 2nd World Assembly on Ageing. She is also a member of the Dali Foundation Board of Trustees.
She supports a number of welfare bodies and participates personally in courses on adapted sailing for the handicapped. She is the President of the International Foundation for Disabled Sailing.
Sports and participation in the Olympics
She practices a number of sports including skiing, but her favorite is sailing. She has taken part in many national and international events and was a member of the Spanish Olympic sailing team at the Seoul Games in 1988 where she was standard bearer in the opening parade.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Royal styles of
Infanta Cristina of Spain
Reference style Her Royal Highness Spoken style Your Royal Highness Alternative style Ma'am
- 13 June 1965 – 26 September 1997: Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina of Spain
- 26 September 1997 – : Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca
The Infanta's style and title in full: Her Royal Highness Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Santísima Trinidad, Infanta of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca.
The Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav (Grand Cross, 1995)
ArmsArms of Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca
Notes CrestThe crown of Infantes of Spain EscutcheonQuarterly 1stgules a castle or, triple-embattled and voided gate and windows, with three towers each triple-turreted, of the field, masoned sable and ajoure azure 2ndargent a lion rampant purpure crowned or, langued and armed 3rd or, four pallets gules and 4th gules a cross, saltire and orle of chains linked together or, a centre point vert
Argent enté en point, with a pomegranate proper seeded gules, supported, sculpted and leafed in two leaves vert.
Inescutcheon azure bordure gules, three fleurs-de-lys or.
OrdersThe Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III ribbon. Other elementsThe whole differenced by a label of three points argen, the central point charged with a palm vert Symbolism
- ^ Real Decreto 1502/1997
- ^ "(Spanish) Cadency of the Spanish Royal House". José Juan Carrión Rangel, Blog de heráldica. http://blogdeheraldica.blogspot.com/2009/04/conceptos-heraldicos-iv-la-brisura-en.html. Retrieved 2009-11-29.
Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de MallorcaBorn: 13 June 1965
- Her Royal Highness the Infanta Cristina (Official profile) (Spanish)
- Royal Household of HM the King official website (English) (Spanish)
- Royal House of Spain
Spanish royalty Preceded by
HE Doña Victoria Federica
Line of succession to the Spanish Throne
HE Don Juan ValentínThe generations indicate descent form Charles I, under whom the crowns of Castile and Aragon were united, forming the Kingdom of Spain. Previously, the title Infanta had been largely use in the different realms.
1st GenerationMaria, Holy Roman Empress · Joan, Princess of Portugal 2nd Generation 3rd Generation 4th Generation 5th Generationnone 6th Generationnone 7th Generation 8th GenerationInfanta Maria Isabel · Infanta Maria Josefa · Infanta María Isabel Ana · Infanta Maria Josepha · Maria Luisa, Holy Roman Empress · Infanta Maria Teresa · Infanta Maria Ana 9th Generation 10th Generation 11th GenerationIsabella, Princess of Asturias · Infanta Maria Cristina · Maria de la Concepcio · Maria de Pilar · Maria de la Paz, Princess Louis Ferdinand of Bavaria · Eulalia, Duchess of Galliera · Maria Isabella, Countess of Paris* · Infanta Amalia of Orléans* · Infanta Cristina d'Orléans* · Infanta Maria de la Regla of Orléans* · Mercedes, Queen of Spain* 12th GenerationMercedes, Princess of Asturias · Maria Teresa, Princess Ferdinand of Bavaria 13th Generation 14th Generation 15th GenerationElena, Duchess of Lugo · Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca 16th Generation*title granted by Royal Decree
- HRH The Prince of Asturias
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