Spain’s king-to-be went to Georgetown University


Spanish King Juan Carlos talks to his son Crown Prince Felipe in this 2011 photo.  (Susana Vera/Reuters)

Spain’s Prince Felipe, who is about to become the new king of his country, went to high school in Canada, college in Madrid, and earned a master’s degree at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos, announced Monday morning that he would abdicate in favor of his son, who is 46 and whose full name is Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbón y de Grecia.

As a child, Felipe attended for a dozen years a Madrid day school called Santa Maria de los Rosales, which his two young daughters now attend.  For high school he attended a boarding school called Lakefield College School in rural Ontario, Canada, and then went to college at the Autonomous University of Madrid, a top public university where he studied law. He then attended Georgetown University, earning the two-year master of science in foreign service in 1995.

While at Georgetown, his roommate was his cousin, Pavlos, crown prince of Greece and prince of Denmark. Graduation was something of a science, according to this 1995 article, with their royal families flying to Washington for the ceremony.  Juan Carlos and Felipe’s mother, Queen Sofia, were among those in attendance, and both received honorary degrees from the university at that time.

The Georgetown Web site says that Felipe is an honorary member of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Advisory Board, created in 2011. (The only other honorary member is Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba of the United Arab Emirates, who earned his master’s in 1998.)

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Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
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