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Who is Leonor, Princess of Asturias?

Her Royal Highness Leonor, Princess of Asturias, the oldest child of the King and Queen of Spain is the focus of this week’s “Who Is?”

She was born on 31 October 2005 to the Prince and Princess of Asturias, now King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain at the Ruber International Hospital in Madrid by caesarian section due to the lack of progression in labour. The announcement of her birth was sent out through text message to the press, and she left the hospital with her parents on 7 November. She is first in the line of succession to follow her father, followed by her younger sister, Infanta Sofía, age 9. She is only heir presumptive, due to Spanish succession laws, instead of the heir apparent. This means if Felipe and Letizia were to have a son, he would be first in line and claim the title Prince of Asturias. Leonor would then revert back to being referred to as Infanta Leonor. At the moment, the 10-year-old princess is the youngest heir to a throne in Europe.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor, and Infanta Sofia in 2009. Photo: © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor, and Infanta Sofia in 2009. Photo: © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Leonor, whose full name is Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz, was christened on 14 January 2006 at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid. Her godparents were King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía, her paternal grandparents. In keeping with tradition, water from the River Jordan was used in the christening.

The daycare of the Spanish Royal Guard is where Leonor first began her schooling during her preschool years. On 15 September 2008, she began elementary school at the same school her father attended at Santa María de los Rosales School in Aravaca, Spain, where her younger sister Sofía also attends. Aside from her native Spanish, Leonor is also fluent in English. Reportedly, she has been taking lessons in Mandarin.

It is the believed she will take the opportunity to study abroad in the future like her father, Felipe. Felipe attended Lakefield College School in Ontario, Canada. On 20 May 2015, she received her First Holy Communion. The Princess is active in ballet like her mother was around the same age.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Leonor, Princess of Asturias, and the Infanta Sofía participate in the National Day festivities in Madrid. Photo: Marco Romero/MDE

King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Leonor, Princess of Asturias, and the Infanta Sofía participate in the 2016 National Day festivities in Madrid. Photo: Marco Romero/MDE

Besides the title of Princess of Asturias, she also holds: The Princess of Girona, The Princess of Viana, Duchess of Montblanc, Countess of Cervera and Lady of Balaguer. Her father awarded her the honour of being a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece for her 10th birthday. She was also awarded her own personal standard and guidon, which was approved by the Council of Ministers. If, as expected, Leonor ascends the throne, she will be Spain’s first queen regnant since Isabella II was monarch from 1833 to 1868.

  • São Gonçalo

    This information is not correct. The succesion law changed precisely with the birth of the princesses and unlikeliness of the birth of a male heir. All titles in Spain are now inherited in absolute primogeniture. Very recently the dukedom of Medinaceli, the most important in Spain, was inherited by princess Victoria zu hohenlohe-langenburg, even though she had a younger brother. The monarchy gives the example.

    • Enrique Olcina Julia

      Actually is right
      The succesion in nobility is equal but, yes, Leonor is heir presumptive, not apparent as for the rules set in the Spanish Constitution for the Crown have not been changed

  • Phyllis Pearson

    I just hope they let this lovely young girl enjoy growing up and I hope too that her sister does not feel second best. I notice that when photos are taken that Leonor is most always standing at her father side, or follows behind him while Sophia stands by or follows her mother.

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