Who is Juan Urquijo, Irene Urdangarin’s new dream: engineer, 25 years old, and Borbón

His name has jumped to the cover. Juan Urquijo, 25-year-old Madrid native, brother-in-law of the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, is the new best friend of Irene Urdangarin, 18. Juan is seven years older than his cousin and girlfriend. An agronomist by training, Juan studied in the United Kingdom, at the Royal Agricultural University, and specialized in Agribusiness and Hunting Management. He has lived in three countries and speaks perfect English and also French, like the youngest of Infanta Cristina and Iñaki Urdangarin. Juan, brother of Teresa Urquijo, is the son of Lucas Urquijo and Beatriz Moreno de Borbón-Dos Sicilias. His families (actually, it is the same family) are happy that they are together and their mothers have been friends since they were children. He publishes it Hola.

Juan Urquijo had a great role in Almeida and Teresa’s wedding. with his insignia of a knight of the Sacred and Military Constantinian Order of Saint George pinned to the lapel of his morning coat, He was in charge of receiving the guests at the doors of the Jesuit church in Madrid. Next to Juan, at the foot of the stairs, was his mother, Beatriz, and his brother-in-law, Almeida. In others, he received the king emeritus, Juan Carlos I.

Irene and Juan’s families, in addition to sharing blood ties, are very close friends. They hadn’t seen each other for years and they met again last summer, on vacation. They say that Celestina was Victoria Federica, a matchmaker with a degree. The crush was normal and ordinary: it started as a special friendship and has ended in a sentimental relationship. The weekly newspaper (which knows everything about this incipient courtship) says that until the beginning of autumn, they were not able to see each other much, but that when Irene settled in Zarzuela with her grandmother Queen Sofia to get her driving license, they saw each other. daily between class and class. Irene approved.

Now, they are separated by thousands of kilometers. Irene, who turned 18 last year, graduated from high school in Geneva and has taken a year to volunteer, following in the footsteps of her older brother, Juan. The little one of the house has been in Cambodia since the beginning of this year, where she works as an aid worker alongside the Jesuit Enrique Figaredo, president of Cáritas in this Asian country, and a close friend of her family.