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Irene Urdangarín y de Borbón

Irene Urdangarín y de Borbón
Doña Irene Urdangarín y de Borbón

Full name
Spanish: Irene de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón
Father Iñaki Urdangarín, Duke of Palma de Mallorca
Mother Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca
Born (2005-06-05) 5 June 2005 (age 9)
Barcelona, Spain
Religion Roman Catholicism
Spanish Royal Family

HM The King
HM The Queen

HRH The Duchess of Badajoz


HRH The Duchess of Soria and Hernani
HE The Duke of Soria and Hernani


HRH The Dowager Duchess of Calabria

Doña Irene de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón (born 5 June 2005), is the daughter of Infanta Cristina of Spain and Iñaki Urdangarín, the Duchess and Duke of Palma de Mallorca. She is the sixth grandchild and second granddaughter of the current monarchs of Spain, Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain and a Grandee of Spain.

Family and early life

Irene also has three older brothers, Juan, Pablo, and Miguel. She is currently eleventh and last in the line of succession to the Spanish Throne.

She was baptized on 14 July 2005 in the garden of the Palace of Zarzuela, Madrid. Her godparents are Princess Rosario of Bulgaria and Pedro López-Quesada. Cardinal Rouco Varela performed the baptism. Irene was named after her grand-aunt, Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark, the sister of Queen Sofía. She was named "Todos los Santos" (All Saints), as it is customary among the Bourbons. This name is only granted to members of the royal house.

Prior to moving to Washington, D.C. in 2009, Irene lived in Barcelona with her parents and siblings, and was enrolled in the Carles Riba preschool. She still spends a large part of the summer in Spain at her grandparents holiday house on Mallorca: Palacio de Marivent, and visits Spain with her parents and brothers on various occasions during the year.

In August 2013, during the Spanish Royal Family's holiday in Palma de Mallorca, Irene slipped by the pool at the Marivent Palace whilst she was playing. During her accident, she fainted and was admitted to hospital where she remained under observation for 30 minutes. Her mother, Infanta Cristina, was not present at the time of Irene's fall as she had travelled back to mainland Spain. However, her grandmother, Queen Sofia, was present and stayed with her at the hospital. When she came out of hospital, Irene was seen wearing a neck brace.[1]

Public appearances

Irene often attends the Copa del Rey with the rest of the Spanish Royal Family, which takes place in Palma de Mallorca, in the island of Majorca, Spain.[2]

Irene and her family attended the christening of Prince Aristide Stavros of Greece and Denmark in 2009, which took place at the Aghioi Anargiroi monastery in Greece.

On 23 March 2008, Irene attended the Easter Church Service with the royal family at Palma Cathedral, in Palma de Mallorca, on the island of Majorca, in Spain.[3]

Irene also took part in the royal family's photo call which took place at the Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca on 7 August 2007.[4]

Name, style and title

Title

Since birth she carries the style "Her Excellency". All the children of Infanta Cristina and Infanta Elena have the HE Don/Doña style, as befits the children of an Infanta of Spain.[5] Although they don't have a title, all grandchildren of King Juan Carlos are members of the Spanish Royal House.

Royal styles of
Doña Irene
Reference style Her Excellency
Spoken style Your Excellency
Alternative style Ma'am


Ancestry

Irene Urdangarín y de Borbón
Born: 5 June 2005
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Miguel Urdangarín
Line of succession to the Spanish throne
11th position
Succeeded by
last in line

See also

References

External links

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