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Infanta Cristina & Iñaki Urdangarin

The marriage of Infanta Cristina of Spain and Iñaki Urdangarín y Liebaert - October 4, 1997

cristina_inaki_informalInfanta Cristina Federica de Borbon y Grecia is the second daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain. She was born in Madrid on June 13, 1965. Upon her marriage Cristina was granted the title Duchess of Palma de Mallorca.

Iñaki Urdangarín y Liebaert was born in Zumarraga, Guipuzkoa, Spain on January 15, 1968. Upon his marriage Iñaki became Duke of Palma de Mallorca.

Family life

The couple lived in Barcelona, Spain, but have lived in the USA for several years now. They have four children, all of whom were born in Barcelona:

Juan Valentín de Todos los Santos, born on September 29, 1999, Pablo Nicolás, born on December 6, 2000, Miguel, born on April 30, 2002, and Irene, born on June 5, 2005.

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The engagement

Infanta Cristina met handball player Iñaki Urdangarin in 1996 at the Atlanta Olympic Games. The couple got engaged on May 3, 1997.

The wedding ceremony

Cristina and Iñaki married in Barcelona Cathedral, Barcelona, Spain on October 4, 1997. Over 1,500 guests attended the ceremony, including Spanish state officials and representatives from 40 of the world’s royal houses.

The couple were married with a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony at which three choirs performed. Two of the choirs sang in Spain's Catalan and Basque regional languages, representing the unity of Spain's different regions.

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At their royal wedding, Infanta Cristina and Iñaki Urdangarin used thirteen golden one hundred “peseta” coins, or arras, coined by the Real Fábrica Nacional de la Moneda y Timbre (Spanish Royal National Mint), with the design of the pieces that were later issued to commemorate the occasion.

The bride’s dress

Infanta Cristina’s dress was designed by Spanish designer Lorenzo Caprile. It was an off-the-shoulder princess-silhouette gown made in silk from Valencia. It had full length sleeves and a 3 meter long train.

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The bride’s veil

The bride’s veil is a valuable family heirloom, belonging to Queen Maria Cristina, the second wife of King Alfonso XII.

The bride’s tiara

The bride wore the platinum and diamond floral tiara, shaped like a floral wreath, which was a wedding gift from the people of Spain to Queen Sofia on her marriage to King Juan Carlos. With five flowers, the tiara can also be used as a necklace or even be dismantled into brooches.

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The bride’s bouquet

The bride carried a cascading bouquet of light pink roses and white lilies. Infanta Cristina left her bouquet at the altar of the Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy. The groom, Iñaki, took a flower from Cristina's bouquet and saved it in his suit just before Cristina presented her bouquet to the statue of the Virgin.

The wedding banquet

A wedding banquet was held at the Palau Reial (Royal Palace) in Barcelona.

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