Leonor of Spain

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Leonor of Spain (2018)

Leonor of Spain ( Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz , born October 31, 2005 in Madrid , Spain ) is the first child of the Spanish King Felipe VI. and his wife Letizia . Leonor is first in line to the Spanish throne ahead of her younger sister, the Infanta Sofía .


Spanish royal family
Coat of Arms of Spanish Monarch, svg

SM el Rey Don Felipe VI.
SM la Reina Doña Letizia

SM el Rey Don Juan Carlos
S.M. la Reina Doña Sophia


The Infanta was baptized on January 14, 2006 in the Zarzuela Palace by the Archbishop of Madrid Antonio Rouco Varela . As with her father in 1968, water from the Jordan was used according to family tradition . Her first name was added according to tradition of the Bourbons de Todos los Santos ("of all the saints"). Godparents were her paternal grandparents, King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Sophia of Spain .

School attendance

Infanta Leonor began her education on September 15, 2008 at the Santa María de los Rosales school in the Aravaca district of Madrid. Her father had also attended this school. In 2018, her father awarded her the Order of the Golden Fleece and taught her that from now on she had to "defend the constitution".

Title, succession and salutation

The birth of Leonor sparked a discussion about whether to amend the Spanish constitution to remove the primacy of male heirs over their older sisters. A similar discussion took place in Sweden after the birth of Princess Victoria and led to a change in the regulation of the succession to the throne . In the event of such a constitutional change in Spain, Leonor would remain Crown Princess, even if she had a brother. Both the royal family and the leading parties are in favor of such a constitutional change, but have so far not been able to agree to tackle it. A change in the constitution with regard to the succession to the throne (and other essential principles) is very cumbersome: first, both chambers of parliament have to pass this with a two-thirds majority, then parliament is dissolved. After the new election, the newly elected parliament has to ratify the resolution again with a two-thirds majority, after which a referendum is necessary for the constitutional amendment to come into force.

Although theoretically she can still be ousted from the first place of the line of succession by a younger brother, she has (according to the Spanish constitution) since her father took office on June 19, 2014, the official title of the Spanish heir to the throne: Princess of Asturias (span. Princesa de Asturias ), Princess of Girona (Princesa de Girona) and Princess of Viana (Princesa de Viana), heiress of the Kingdom of Castile , the Crown of Aragon and the Kingdom of Navarre , Duchess of Montblanc (Duquesa de Montblanc), Countess of Cervera ( Condesa de Cervera) and mistress of Balaguer (Señora de Balaguer) .

As Queen, she would be the first to be named Leonor for Spain as a whole. However, it could also take the name Leonor II, since Navarre had a queen Eleanor (Spanish name: Leonor, Reina de Navarra ) in the 15th century .

As the daughter of the king, she is addressed as Royal Highness, Infanta of Spain.

National emblem


Pedigree Infanta Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón Ortiz

Heraldic Royal Crown of Spain.svg
King Alfonso XIII
⚭ 1906
Victoria Eugénie von Battenberg

Karl Maria of Naples and Sicily
⚭ 1907
Luise Franziska von Orléans

Crown of the Kingdom of Greece, svg
Constantine I of Greece
⚭ 1889
Sophie of Prussia

Ernst August of Hanover ,
Duke of Braunschweig
⚭ 1913
Viktoria Luise of Prussia

José Ortiz Pool (1889–1977)
Carmen Velasco Gutiérrez (1900–1987)

Eulalio Álvarez de la Fuente (1891–1969)
Plácida del Valle Arribas (1900–1993)

Miguel Rocasolano Cebrián (1860–1941)
⚭ 1901
María Camacho Rodríguez (1869–1950)

Enrique Rodríguez (1867–1936)
María Paloma Figueredo (1884–1978)

Great grandparents

Prince Johann of Spain , Count of Barcelona (1913–1993)
⚭ 1935
Princess María de las Mercedes of Naples-Sicily (1910–2000)

Crown of the Kingdom of Greece, svg
King Paul of Greece
⚭ 1938
Princess Friederike von Hannover

José Luis Ortiz Velasco (1923–2005)
⚭ 1949
María del Carmen Álvarez del Valle
(* 1928)

Francisco Julio Rocasolano Camacho
⚭ 1950
Enriqueta Rodríguez Figueredo


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King Juan Carlos I (* 1938)
⚭ 1962
Princess Sophia of Greece (* 1938)

Jesús José Ortiz Álvarez (* 1949)
⚭ 1971
María Paloma Rocasolano Rodríguez (* 1952)


Heraldic Royal Crown of Spain.svg
King Felipe VI. (* 1968)
⚭ 2004
Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano (* 1972)

Heraldic Crown of the Prince of Asturias.svg
Leonor, Princess of Asturias (* 2005)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Internet presence of the royal family
  2. Kleine Zeitung article on the schooling of Princess Leonor ( memento of October 29, 2008 in the Internet Archive ), accessed August 27, 2013
  3. King Felipe awards daughter Leonor Knight Order (ndr.de, January 30, 2018) ( Memento from February 28, 2018 in the Internet Archive )
  4. Thomas Urban : Bridge Builders Wanted , sz.de , February 11, 2018.
  5. Focus article on the birth of Infanta Sofia , accessed on July 29, 2010.
  6. Spanish Constitution, Article 168 ( Memento of the original from September 25, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (Page 50 of the PDF document), accessed July 29, 2010 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.boe.es
predecessor Office successor
Philip of Bourbon and Greece
( Felipe VI. )
Princess of Asturias
since 2014
./. Spanish succession to the throne
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Infanta Sofia of Spain