Happy 49th Birthday to King Felipe of Spain
Happy Birthday to King Felipe VI of Spain, who turns 49 today. The third child and only son of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, Felipe is the grandson of the Count & Countess of Barcelona and King Paul & Queen Frederica of Greece. His godmother was his great-grandmother, Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain. In 1975, Prince Felipe became the heir to the throne (becoming Prince of Asturias in 1977) after Juan Carlos succeeded to the Throne after the death of General Franco. He studied at Georgetown University with his cousin, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, and served in the Spanish military. In 2004, Prince Felipe married journalist Letizia Ortiz, and the couple have two daughters. In 2014, King Juan Carlos abdicated, with the Prince and Princess of Asturias succeeding to the Spanish Throne as King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia. While the King of Spain doesn’t have much political power, the rights granted by the Constitution allowed King Felipe to solve political problems last year. I wish His Majesty many Happy Returns, and many more years of prosperous rule.
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