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High support for Leonor as Spain’s future Queen

Among the Spanish population, there is considerable support for Leonor as Spain’s future Queen. That is the result of the poll conducted by the Spanish newspaper La Razon. The result is that 63.4% of Spaniards wish to see Leonor as their future Queen while only 19% do not want to see the Princess as their future monarch.

In the August survey published by La Razon on the Spanish monarchy, 70.9% of Spaniards backed King Felipe VI on his position against the Catalonian separatists. There is also a vast majority that thinks there is, today, a campaign plotted against the Crown by extremist elements of the left and pro-independence. In all age groups, the majority is exceeded: from 53.8% of those under 35-years-old to 62.2% of those over 54-years-old. So the support for the monarchy is strong.

Leonor, Princess of Asturias, at the Holy Cave of Covadonga, the burial site for several royals of the Kingdom of Asturias. Photo: Casa de S.M. el Rey

The survey results were published only a few days after the Princess of Asturias made her first official trip to the Principality of Asturias in Spain as heir to the Spanish throne. Her Royal Highness, Leonor, Princess of Asturias, was born 31 October 2005 and is number one in the line to the Spanish throne as the oldest child of King Felipe. When Leonor ascends the throne, she will be Spain’s first queen regnant since Isabella II, who reigned from 1833 to 1868.

It was in November of last year that the popularity of the Spanish Royal Family increased dramatically. The support for the Spanish monarchy had then never been higher according to a poll done by Socio Métrica and published in the Spanish newspaper El Español. The survey gave the King a score of 7.2 out of 10. This is the highest score King Felipe has had during his reign. The last time a ruling Spanish monarch had a score this high was in 1995 when Felipe’s father, Juan Carlos, was King of Spain.

By Ministry of the President. Government of Spain, Attribution, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66104541

The crisis in Catalonia has led to the King’s commitment to holding Spain even closer together. In a speech regarding the Catalonian crisis last year, King Felipe said: “We believe in our country, and we are proud of our democracy which has given us freedom and prosperity. I am committed to defending the unity of Spain.” King Felipe finished off his speech by saying: “To all Catalonians concerned with this aggression against Spanish democracy, my message is clear – you are not alone.”

Early in October 2017, Royal Central’s Senior European Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen predicted that the Spanish monarchy would come out strengthened by the failed independence referendum. As Aanmoen wrote in early October, “In the recent weeks, Spanish royalists and monarchists have become more visible throughout Spain as a result of the Catalonia referendum. Several pro-Spain demonstrations have been organised – even in Catalonia where people have had Spanish flags with them and pictures of the King.”

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