This summer, Royal Central is taking a look at who’s who in the lines of succession around the world. And our latest installment takes us to Spain. By law, the line of succession there is limited to the descendants of King Juan Carlos I, a rule that remained unchanged following his abdication in 2014 in favour of his only son, Felipe. The law there also means brothers always outrank sisters. That’s not been an issue in the second generation but it remains an interesting anomaly as monarchies around Europe change their rules. There are ten people with rights to claim the throne – here’s the Spanish line of succession.
The current monarch is King Felipe VI who ascended the throne on June 19th 2014. He was born in 1968 as the youngest child of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia and became heir to the throne in 1975 on the restoration of the monarchy in Spain. He married Letizia Ortiz Rocosolano in 2004.
The line of succession to the throne of King Felipe VI of Spain is as follows:
- Leonor, Princess of Asturias
Leonor de Todos los Santos was born on October 31st 2005 in Madrid, the first child of Felipe and Letizia. She became heir to the throne on the accession of her father and holds the traditional title of first in line, Princess of Asturias.
2. Infanta Sofia of Spain
Sofia de Todos los Santos was born on April 23rd 2007 in Madrid, the second child of the present monarch, King Felipe VI. She was third in line at the time of her arrival and moved up to second when her father became monarch.
3. Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo
The eldest sister of King Felipe VI, Elena María Isabel Dominica de Silos de Borbón y de Grecia was born on December 20th 1963 in Madrid, the first child of Juan Carlos and Sofia of Spain. She married Jaime de Marichalar in March 1995 and was made Duchess of Lugo by her father on her wedding day. She divorced in 2009.
4. Felipe de Marichalar y Borbon
Felipe Juan Froilan de Todos los Santos was born on July 17th 1998 in Madrid, the first child of Infanta Elena and Jaime de Marichalar. He is the eldest nephew of King Felipe VI.
5. Victoria de Marichalar y de Borbon
Born in Madrid on September 9th 2000, Victoria Federica de Marichalar y Borbon is the second child of Elena and Jaime. She is the eldest niece of the current king, Felipe VI.
6. Infanta Cristina of Spain
The second child and younger daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, the scandal plagued royal has retained her place in the succession despite calls for her to step aside. Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Santísima Trinidad de Borbón y de Grecia was born on June 13th 1965 in Madrid and married Inaki Urdangarin in Barcelona in October 1997. The couple have four children. Cristina is the second sister of King Felipe VI.
7. Juan Urdangarin y de Borbon
The second eldest nephew of King Felipe VI, Juan Valentin de Todos los Santos was born on September 29th 1999 in Barcelona. He is the first child of Infanta Cristina and Inaki.
8. Pablo Urdangarin y de Borbon
Born on December 6th 2000 in Barcelona, Pablo Nicolas Sebastian de Todos los Santos is the second child of Cristina and Inaki. He is the third eldest nephew of King Felipe VI.
9. Miguel Urdangarin y de Borbon
Infanta Cristina and Inaki Urdangarin’s third child was born on April 30th 2002 in Barcelona. Miguel de Todos los Santos is the youngest nephew of King Felipe VI.
10. Irene Urdangarin y de Borbon
The only daughter of Infanta Cristina and Inaki was born in Barcelona on June 5th 2005. Irene de Todos los Santos is the younger niece of King Felipe VI.
The line of succession ends with Irene. The current laws state that should the line run out then the Spanish Parliament, the Cortes, will decide who inherits the crown in line with the best interests of the country.
You can enjoy the other parts of our summer series on successions here.