Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca

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Infanta Cristina
Duchess of Palma de Mallorca
Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca.jpg
Infanta Cristina at the GAVI Alliance conference in London, 13 June 2011.
Spouse Iñaki Urdangarín, Duke of Palma de Mallorca
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 (1965-06-13) 13 June 1965 (age 48)
Madrid, Spain
Religion Roman Catholic

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), is the younger daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía of Spain. As of 2013 she was 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 Spanish, Catalan, English and Greek.

Marriage and children[edit]

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.[1] Iñaki Urdangarín became the Duke of Palma de Mallorca.

The couple have four children, all born in Barcelona:

They lived in Washington, D.C. from 2009 to 2012, where her husband worked for Telefónica. In August 2013 she moved with her four children to Geneva, Switzerland, to take a job with the Caixa Foundation, while her husband, who is the subject of an embezzlement investigation, remained in Barcelona.[2]

Activities in Spain and abroad[edit]

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.

Corruption inquiry[edit]

Her husband was investigated from early 2012 on suspicion of fraudulently obtaining millions in public funds. In April 2013, Infanta Cristina was formally named as a suspect in the case by the judge in charge.[3] When approached for comment, the Royal Household said that it "does not comment on judicial decisions", yet the next day, after the anti-corruption prosecutor announced that he would appeal the decision, they commented on it showing their "absolute conformity".[4] In light of the forthcoming trial, she and her children moved to Geneva, Switzerland in Summer 2013. On 7 January 2014, a Spanish judge charged her with tax fraud and money laundering and ordered her to appear in court.[5] She made her first appearance in a court in Majorca on 8 February 2014.[6]

Sports and participation in the Olympics[edit]

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[edit]


  • 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 Doña Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Santísima Trinidad, Infanta de España, Duquesa de Palma de Mallorca (Her Royal Highness Doña Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Santísima Trinidad, Infanta of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca).

Royal styles of
Infanta Cristina of Spain
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Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am


See also List of honours of the Spanish Royal Family by country

National Orders
Foreign Orders



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Real Decreto 1502/1997
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Judge targets Princess Cristina in Nóos corruption probe". El Pais. Retrieved 2013-04-03.  (English)
  4. ^ "La Casa del Rey expresa su "sorpresa" ante el cambio de criterio del juez". El Periodico de Catalunya. Retrieved 2013-04-03.  (Spanish)
  5. ^ "Spanish princess Infanta Cristina summoned over fraud". BBC News. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Spain's Princess Cristina in court over corruption case". BBC News. 8 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Photo of younger Infantas Cristina & Elena
  8. ^ "Noblesse et Royautes", wedding of Victoria of Sweden in 2010, Cristina & Iñaki
  9. ^ Parliamentary question, page=1124
  10. ^ Visita de Estado del Presidente de Austria a España
  11. ^ Foro Dinastías, State visit of Belgium in Spain, 1994, Cristina & Queen Sofia
  12. ^ Hemeroteca ABC
  13. ^ Visita de Estado del Presidente del Ecuador a España
  14. ^ Foro Dinastías, State visit of Egypt in Spain, Queen Sofia & Cristina
  15. ^ Visita de Estado del Presidente de Egipto a España
  16. ^ Foro Dinastías
  17. ^ Visita de Estado del Presidente de El Salvador a España
  18. ^ Foro Dinastías, State visit of Stephanopoulos in Spain, 2001, Group Photo
  19. ^ Visita de Estado del Presidente de Grecia a España
  20. ^ "At the Spanish Court" blog, State dinner in the Royal Palace, Queen Sofia, Elena & Cristina (1st State dinner for Cristina).
  21. ^ "La dimensión europea de la política exterior española hacia América latina". Escrito por José Escribano Úbeda-Portugués
  22. ^ Icelandese Presidency Website , Cristina, de Borbón ; prinsessa ; Spánn ; 1985-09-16 ; Stórkross (= Cristina of Bourbon, Princess, Spain, 16 September 1985, Grand Cross)
  23. ^ Forum Príncipes de Asturias, State visit of Japan in Spain, 1994, Group photo
  24. ^ See the 2nd photo in this serie
  25. ^ Hemeroteca ABC
  26. ^ State visit of Jordan in Spain (1985), Photo of Infanta Cristina wearing the order
  27. ^ Visita Oficial del Rey Hussein de Jordania a España
  28. ^ Foro Dinastías, State visit of Luxembourg in Spain, 2001, Group Photo
  29. ^ Foro Dinastías State visit of Nepal in Spain, 1983
  30. ^ El Presidente de México de Visita Oficial en España
  31. ^ El Besamanos
  32. ^ Viva Máxima Blog, State visit of Beatrix in Spain in 1985, Group Photo
  33. ^ Hemeroteca ABC
  34. ^ Visita de Estado de los Reyes de Noruega a España
  35. ^ Visita de Estado del Presidente de Perú a España
  36. ^ Foro Dinastías, State visit in Thailand, Group Photo
  37. ^ Visita de Estado de los Reyes de España a Tailandia
  38. ^ (Spanish) Royal Cadency of Spain-Standards. Blog de Heráldica – 1 November 2010. (Retrieved 10 October 2012)
  39. ^ "Cadency of the Spanish Royal House". José Juan Carrión Rangel, Blog de heráldica. Retrieved 2009-11-29.  (Spanish)

External links[edit]

Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca
Born: 13 June 1965
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Victoria Federica de Marichalar
Line of succession to the Spanish Throne
7th position
Succeeded by
Juan Valentín Urdangarín
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Alejandro Abascal
Flagbearer for  Spain
Seoul 1988
Succeeded by
Felipe, Prince of Asturias