Felipe VI (Spanish: [feˈlipe];[b] born 30 January 1968) is the King of Spain. He ascended to the throne on 19 June 2014 following the abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos I. He is the only son of Juan Carlos and his wife Sofía of Greece and Denmark. When Juan Carlos was chosen in 1969 to be Francisco Franco‘s successor, Felipe became second in line to the Spanish throne. Felipe became heir apparent when Juan Carlos succeeded Franco as head of state following his death in 1975. He was created Prince of Asturias in 1977, the traditional title for the first in line.
As Prince of Asturias, he worked to support philanthropic causes and to promote international fellowship among Spanish-speaking countries. In 2004, Felipe married TV presenter Letizia Ortiz with whom he has two daughters. Leonor, the elder, is his heir presumptive. He succeeded his father as King of Spain when when he abdicated in 2014. In accordance with. the Spanish Constitution, as monarch, he is head of state and commander-in-chief of the Spanish Armed Forces, and also plays a role in promoting relations with Hispanic America, the “nations of its historical community”.
He is the world’s fifth-youngest reigning monarch, after King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar, King Muhammad V of Malaysia (as Sultan of Kelantan) and King Mswati III of Swaziland.[