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Philip VI

Philip VI, 1968–, king of Spain (2014–). The only son and youngest child of Juan Carlos I , he was created prince of Asturias in 1977. As heir apparent, he traveled widely as a representative of Spain he also engaged in philanthropic work and was a member of Spain's Olympic sailing team in 1992. He succeeded to the throne after his father abdicated. Philip married Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, a journalist, in 2004 they have two daughters. His wife is the first commoner to become queen of Spain.

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