Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca (Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Sant sima Trinidad de Borb n y de Grecia; born 13 June 1965, Madrid), is the younger daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sof a 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 C diz, and Infanta Maria Cristina of Spain.
She received her secondary education at Santa Mar a 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 Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Greek.
Marriage and children
She married team handball player I aki Urdangar n 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:
They have lived in Washington, D.C., since 2009, where her husband, The Duke of Palma de Mallorca, works for Telef nica.
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 disabled people. She is the President of the International Foundation for Disabled Sailing.
She's also been a member of the Bilderberg group since 2001, with her parents.
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
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: Su alteza real Do a Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Sant sima Trinidad, Infanta de Espa a, Duquesa de Palma de Mallorca (Her Royal Highness Do a Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Sant sima Trinidad, Infanta of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca).
See also List of honours of the Spanish Royal Family by country
- National Orders
- Foreign Orders
↑ Real Decreto 1502/1997
↑ of younger Infantas Cristina & Elena
↑ , wedding of Victoria of Sweden in 2010, Cristina & I aki
↑ Foro Dinastias, State visit of Belgium in Spain, 1994,
↑ Foro Dinastias, State visit of Egypt in Spain,
↑ Foro Dinastias, State visit of Stephanopoulos in Spain, 2005,
↑ "At the Spanish Court" blog, State dinner in the Royal Palace, (1st State dinner for Cristina).
↑ See the 2nd photo in this
↑ Foro Dinastias, State visit of Luxembourg in Spain, 2001,
↑ Viva Maxima Blog, State visit of Beatrix in Spain in 1985,
↑ Foro Dinastias, State visit in Thailand,
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