Juan Carlos I of Spain
|Juan Carlos I|
|King Juan Carlos I in 2009|
|Reign||22 November 1975 – present|
|Enthronement||27 November 1975|
|Predecessor||Alejandro Rodríguez de Valcárcel (interim Head of State)
Alfonso XIII (as King of Spain)
Francisco Franco (as Caudillo of Spain)
|Heir apparent||Felipe, Prince of Asturias|
|Spouse||Sophia of Greece and Denmark|
|Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo
Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca
Felipe, Prince of Asturias
|Juan Carlos Alfonso Víctor María de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias|
|House||House of Bourbon|
|Father||Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona|
|Mother||María de las Mercedes of the Two Sicilies|
|Born||5 January 1938
Juan Carlos I (born 5 January 1938) is the current King of Spain. His name came from his father (Juan de Borbón), his grandfather (Alfonso XIII) and his mother's father's name (Prince Carlo of the Two Sicilies).
On 22 November 1975, two days after the death of Francisco Franco, Juan Carlos became king. Franco had picked him and prepared him for the job. In 1969 it had been thirty years since the last king. King Juan Carlos helped change Spain from a dictatorship into a parliamentary democracy. In 2008 he was voted the most popular leader in all Ibero-America.
References[change | edit source]
- "His Majesty the King Juan Carlos". The Royal Household of His Majesty the King!. http://www.casareal.es/sm_rey/index-iden-idweb.html.
- The English-language version of the Official Royal Family website is rendered as Borbon, while in Spanish it is Borbón