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The Spanish monarchy, like the Netherlands, has a royal family. Spain's current King Juan Carlos was born in exile because there was a civil war going on from 1936-1939. Spain experienced a period of dictatorship under General Francisco Franco after the civil war from 1939-1975. After Francisco Franco, Juan Carlos came to power, and to this day he is the king of Spain.

The King of Spain Juan Carlos lives with Queen Sofia in their palace, Palacio de la Zarzuela, in northern Madrid. Juan Carlos never wanted a dictatorship like Franco, which is why he restored democracy to Spain. In 1981, Juan Carlos gained much respect by preventing a military coup. Since then, all Spaniards have been proud of their king.

The Spanish royal family of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia consists of three children (Infanta Elena (1963), Infanta Cristina (1965) and Crown Prince Felipe (1968)) and eight grandchildren. Felipe is crown prince because a man has priority over a woman for the throne. However, this will change in the future since the crown prince, together with Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, already has two daughters (Infanta Leonor and Infanta Sofia).

Spain's Crown Prince Felipe had a few bad relationships before he was engaged to television journalist Letizia. However, this is the first time in Spain that a commoner girl has married a future Spanish king and she will become Queen of Spain. Princess Letizia is also known for her fashion-conscious clothing style and her always unusual shoes. Inside the Royal Family, Infanta Elena has been divorced for several years, but has two children (Felipe Juan and Victoria Federica) with her ex-husband. Infanta Cristina is married to Iñaki Urdangarin Liebaeert, together they have four children (Valentin, Pablo Nicolas, Miguel and Irene).

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