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Felipe de Borbón y Grecia
Heir to the Spanish Crown

As son of Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, Felipe de Borbón y Grecia is heir to the Spanish crown, preceding his two older sisters, Elena and Cristina, under Spanish law which gives preference to males in the royal line of succession. His title is "Prince of Asturias" (equivalent to the United Kingdom's Prince of Wales).
Prince Felipe was born on January 30, 1968. His full name is Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Grecia. His grandfather Don Juan de Borbón and his great-grandmother, Queen Victoria Eugenia "Ena" (wife of King Alfonso XIII) both briefly returned to Spain from their exile in Portugal and Switzerland for his baptism.

Good-looking and likeable, the Prince is a popular figure in Spain. He has inherited both his mother's cultured manner and his father's common touch and down-to-earth sense of humor. Like the rest of his family he is a consumate sportsman, and competed in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics on Spain's sailing team. He has outgrown his tall father, and towers at 6ft. 5 (1.97 m) .
Prince Felipe went to a posh co-ed school in Madrid, then spent a year at Lakefield College, a private college in Canada, to improve his English. He went through three years in the different sections of the military - army, navy and air force - learning to fly a jet trainer and doing time on the Spanish navy's training ship, the Juan Sebastián Elcano. This was followed by a study program including law, economics, political science and public administration at the University of Madrid. On graduation he studied a Masters course in International Relations at Georgetown University in the United States.
He now represents Spain at numerous official functions abroad, and is active in various programs in Spain.

One of the largest unknowns in the last years around Prince Felipe was the one of his marriage. Whom would choose as a wife? Whom would be the future Queen of Spain? The rumors were dissipated in the autumn of 2004, when he announced his wedding with the young journalist Letizia Ortiz.

Although there is an 18th-century law which states the heir to the crown must marry royalty, few believe that there would be any real objection to Felipe's wedding a "commoner", especially as royal princesses are such a limited commodity these days. In May 2004 the two got married in the Cathedral of The Almudena in Madrid.


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