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The Infanta Cristina, 1st Duchess of Palma de Mallorcamarker, Grandee of Spain (Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Santísima Trinidad de Borbón y de Grecia; born 13 June 1965, Madridmarker), 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 Madridmarker and was baptized at the Palacio de La Zarzuelamarker 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 Madridmarker in 1989 with a degree in political science. She continued her studies at New York Universitymarker, obtaining a master's degree in international relations in 1990. In 1991, she gained practical experience working at the UNESCOmarker headquarters in Parismarker.

The Infanta is fluent in Catalan, English, French, Greek and Spanish.

Marriage and children

She married team handball player Iñaki Urdangarín in Barcelonamarker 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 live in Barcelona, where the Infanta Cristina is in charge of the international cooperation program at La Caixa Foundation.

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.

She's also been a member of the Bilderberg group since 2001, with her mother Queen Sofia of Spain and her father Juan Carlos I, King of Spain.

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.


The arms of Infanta Cristina of Spain.

See also


  1. Real Decreto 1502/1997

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