Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca
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, Madrid), is the younger daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía of Spain. As of 2013[update] 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, French and Greek.
Marriage and children
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. Iñaki Urdangarín became the Duke of Palma de Mallorca.
The couple has four children, all born in Barcelona:
- Don Juan Valentín de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón, born 29 September 1999
- Don Pablo Nicolás Sebastián de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón, born 6 December 2000
- Don Miguel de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón, born 30 April 2002
- Doña Irene de Todos los Santos Urdangarin y de Borbón, born 5 June 2005
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.
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.
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. 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". In light of the forth coming trial, she and her children moved to Geneva, Switzerland in Summer 2013.
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 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).
- National Orders
- Foreign Orders
- Jordan : Grand Cordon of the Order of the Star of Jordan (1985) 
- Austria : Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria (1997) 
- Belgium : Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold (Belgium) (1994)
- Egypt : Supreme Class of the Order of the Virtues (2000)
- Greece : Grand Cross of the Order of Honour (Greece) (2005)
- Guatemala : Grand Cross of the Order of the Quetzal (1986)
- Iceland : Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon (16 September 1985) 
- Japan : Grand Cordon (or 1st Class) of the Order of the Precious Crown (1994)
- Luxembourg : Grand Cross of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau (7 May 2001)
- Netherlands : Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau (1985)
- Norway : Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Olav (1995)
- Portugal : Grand Cross of the Order of Christ (Portugal) (13 October 1988)
- Portugal : Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry (23 August 1996)
- Thailand : Grand Cordon (or Special Class) of the Order of the White Elephant (1987)
- Nepal : Member First Class of the Order of Tri Shakti Patta (Three Divine Powers) (19 September 1983)
- Real Decreto 1502/1997
- "Judge targets Princess Cristina in Nóos corruption probe". El Pais. Retrieved 2013-04-03. (English)
- "La Casa del Rey expresa su "sorpresa" ante el cambio de criterio del juez". El Periodico de Catalunya. Retrieved 2013-04-03. (Spanish)
- Photo of younger Infantas Cristina & Elena
- "Noblesse et Royautes", wedding of Victoria of Sweden in 2010, Cristina & Iñaki
- State visit of Jordan in Spain (1985), Photo of Infanta Cristina wearing the order
- Parliamentary question, page=1124
- Foro Dinastias, State visit of Belgium in Spain, 1994, Cristina & Queen Sofia
- Foro Dinastias, State visit of Egypt in Spain, Queen Sofia & Cristina
- Foro Dinastias, State visit of Stephanopoulos in Spain, 2005, Group Photo
- "At the Spanish Court" blog, State dinner in the Royal Palace, Queen Sofia, Elena & Cristina (1st State dinner for Cristina).
- Icelandese Presidency Website , Cristina, de Borbón ; prinsessa ; Spánn ; 1985-09-16 ; Stórkross (= Cristina of Bourbon, Princess, Spain, 16 September 1985, Grand Cross)
- Forum Principes de Asturias, State visit of Japan in Spain, 1994, Group photo
- See the 2nd photo in this serie
- Foro Dinastías, State visit of Luxembourg in Spain, 2001, Group Photo
- Viva Maxima Blog, State visit of Beatrix in Spain in 1985, Group Photo
- Foro Dinastías, State visit in Thailand, Group Photo
- Foro Dinastías State visit of Nepal in Spain, 1983
- (Spanish) Royal Cadency of Spain-Standards. Blog de Heráldica – 1 November 2010. (Retrieved 10 October 2012)
- "Cadency of the Spanish Royal House". José Juan Carrión Rangel, Blog de heráldica. Retrieved 2009-11-29. (Spanish)
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Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de MallorcaBorn: 13 June 1965
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