THE SPANISH ROYAL FAMILY

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Su Majestad el Rey Don Juan Carlos I
(His Majesty King Juan Carlos I)

King Juan Carlos I is the current ruler of Spain.   He was born on January 5, 1938 in Rome.  His grandfather, Alphonso XIII, had given up the throne of Spain and moved the entire Royal family to Rome.  In 1948 Juan Carlos returned to Spain to begin his education.  In 1955 he began his studies at the military academies of the Navy, Army and Air Force.  He eventually qualified as a military pilot.  On May 14, 1962, in Athens he married Princess Sofía of Greece.   In 1969 he was designated to be the next Head of State.  On November 22, 1975, he was proclaimed King of Spain.  In his first speech to the people of Spain he told them that he wished to restore democracy.

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