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Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos was born to the royal pair of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia on 30 January in 1968. He was the third child of the royal pair and the only son, who by virtue of his descent acquired the status of the Prince of Asturias. This also makes them the heir to the Spanish throne.
Queen Sofia gave birth to Felipe in the capital city of Madrid. The birth of a son was quite a relief for the royal couple as they now had a male successor to the throne. The full name of the Prince consists of a series of symbolic names that were given to him during the christening ceremony by the Archbishop of Madrid. The names consist of titles of some of the first Bourbon family that ruled Spain. It also included the names of his grandfathers and great grandfathers as well as the patron saints of the territory.
At his birth he was given the title of the “Infante of Spain”. At that time his father had not yet risen to the position of King and therefore he could not be assumed as being the heir apparent. Infante Juan the Count of Barcelona and the great-grandmother Queen Victoria Eugenia were his godparents.
Prince Felipe Life
Felipe started his education at the Santa Maria de los Rosales. This was a modern-day school that did not give any special privileges to those of royal lineage like the Prince. He completed his high school from Lakefield College School in Ontario, Canada. He pursued further education at the autonomous University of Madrid from which he acquired his degree in law. He has also completed a number of different courses in economics. He further pursued his specialization in foreign service from the renowned Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
During his lifetime Felipe has managed to fulfill the various institutional commitments that fell within his capacity by virtue of him being the heir to the crown. As a result he was appointed to chair various official events in Spain and he has also participated in many prominent events in the public sector.
Felipe initiated a series of expeditions to the autonomous communities of Spain in 1995. His objective was to gain an in-depth knowledge of the country and establish contacts with other Spaniards. He also conducts regular meetings with different constitutional bodies as well as the main state institutions so as to be aware of their official activities.
He is also a regular attendee of central administration meetings as well as the meetings conducted by the autonomous communities. As an individual and as an heir to the crown Felipe displays a keen interest in national and international affairs.