Juan Carlos: El Rey de un Pueblo by Paul PrestonA powerful biography of Spains great king, Juan Carlos. How did a playful, moody young prince, educated to sustain Francos dicatorship, mature into the skilful, calm and brave king who defended Spains infant democracy from siege and then nurtured it into health? Its a fascinating story, given definitively here in this gripping portrait. There are two central mysteries in the life of Juan Carlos, one personal, the other political. How to explain the apparent serenity with which he accepted that his father had surrendered him, to all intents and purposes, into the safekeeping of the Franco regime? In any normal family, this would have been considered a kind of cruelty or, at the very least, baleful negligence. But a royal family can never be normal, and the decision to send the young Juan Carlos away from Spain was governed by a certain superior dynastic logic. The second mystery lies in how a prince raised in a family with the strictest authoritarian tradtiions, obliged to conform to the Francoist norms during his youth and early manhood, and educated to be a cornerstone of the plans for the reinforcement of the dictatorship, sided, when he had to, so emphatically and courageously with democratic principles. Paul Preston -- who has thrown more light onto the sometimes inspiring, often shameful, always eventful history of Spain in the twentieth century than any other living commentator -- has set out to address these mysteries and in so doing written perhaps the definitive biography of King Juan Carlos. He tackles the kings turbulent relationship with his father, his cloistered education and his resistance to it, his bravery in opposing the attempt to overthrow the infant democracy a few years after Francos death, and his immense hard work in consolidating parliamentary democracy in Spain. The resultant biography is both rigorous and riveting, its vibrant prose doing justice to its vibrant subject. It is a book fit for a king.
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After King Felipe and his wife Letizia met Queen Elizabeth and her family earlier, here is a look at the members of the Spanish royal family in pictures. Former television news presenter Letizia first met the then Prince Felipe de Borbon at a colleague's dinner party in Soon after the pair met each another again while she was on assignment, covering a story about an oil spillage in northern Spain. Romance blossomed and she gave up her career before marrying him during a lavish wedding ceremony in Queen Letizia and King Felipe are the proud parents of two adorable young daughters Leonor and Sofia. Leonor, Princess of Asturias, is the first in line of succession, followed by her younger sister Princess Sofia. Prince Felipe became king after his father King Juan Carlos I, who had ruled the country for 39 years, announced his abdication.
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Juan Carlos was born in Rome, Italy, during his family's exile. Juan Carlos's father, Juan , was the third son of King Alfonso, who had renounced his claims to the throne in January Juan was seen by Franco to be too liberal and in was bypassed in favour of Juan Carlos as Franco's successor as head of state. Juan Carlos spent his early years in Italy and came to Spain in to continue his studies. After completing his secondary education in , he began his military training and entered the General Military Academy at Zaragoza.
Juan Carlos reigned as the King of Spain from until his abdication in He was born in Rome on 5 January , where his family was living in exile.
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The following is the family tree of the Spanish monarchs starting from Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon till the present day. The former kingdoms of Aragon , Castile see family tree and Navarre see family tree were independent kingdoms that unified in the 15th century to become the Kingdom of Spain. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Royal or noble family trees. Aztec Brazil Mexico. Family tree Ahnentafel Seize quartiers Royal descent. Categories : Family trees Spanish monarchs Dynasty genealogy.