King Juan Carlos Puts Wife On Salary

King Juan Carlos has assigned salaries for Queen Sofia and Princess Letizia, his daughter in law and future queen consort.

Queen Sofia at a postal facility in Madrid this week. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos
Queen Sofia at a postal facility in Madrid this week.
© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Queen Sofia will receive about 132,000 euros a year in salary and expenses for representing the Crown. Princess Letizia will receive a little more than 100,000 euros.

Queen Sofia and Princess Letizia have already been receiving similar amounts, but calling their compensation a salary means they become professional workers in service of the the Head of State, the King.

The move has become common among European monarchies and is part of the Spanish Royal Household’s effort at becoming more transparent.

Princess Letizia speaking at a cancer event in Madrid this week. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos
Princess Letizia speaking at a cancer event in Madrid this week.
© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

The Spanish Royal Household often boasts at being among the cheapest in Europe, costing taxpayers less than 8 million euros a year. Critics, however, say there are other expenses in sustaining the Crown that are not part of the official budget.

King Juan Carlos makes almost 300,000 euros for being Head of State. Prince Felipe, his son, makes about 146,000.

Infanta Elana, who often represents the Royal Family at official events, gets up to 25,000 euro.

Infanta Cristina, whose husband is being investigated for corruption, has not been representing the Crown at official events and is therefore not on payroll.

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