Prince Of Asturias
By: Jacqueline Lucio
Don Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso De Todos Los Santos De Borbon January 30, 1968 (still alive)
Felipe was born in Madrid, Spain the third child and only son of infant Juan Carlos of Spain and Princess Sofia of Greece and Denmark. Felipe was formally created Prince of Asturias, along with the subsidiary titles of Prince of Girona and Prince of Viana , on 22 of january 1977 on November 1 the same year he was ceremonially installed as prince of Asturias in covadonga. In 1981 Felipe received the collor of the order of the Goldon fleece from his father. At the age of 18 , Felipe swore allegiance to the constitution and to the king in the spanish parliment fully accepting his constitutional role as successor to the crown.
Destined to become king of Spain himself one day, Felipe began preparing for the position at an early age, developing a polished and disciplined manner that stands in certain contrast to his father’s more whimsical, sometimes frisky temperament. Juan Carlos I broke from noble character during his reign in several very public episodes, most notably in 2007 when he blurted “¡por quí no te callas!” (why don’t you shut up) to then-president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez. It is difficult to imagine a similar outburst from the more mild-mannered Felipe.
- On 2 June 2014, Juan Carlos announced his intent to abdicate in Felipe's favour.
- Felipe ascended the throne at the stroke of midnight on 19 June; his father had signed the formal instrument of abdication.
- In June 2014, Felipe and Letizia became the first Spanish monarchs to receive and recognize LGBT organisations at the Palace.
- Felipe VI and Queen Letizia met Pope Francis on 30 June 2014, in the Apostolic Palace
- In February 2015, Felipe announced that he would cut his salary by 20%.