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Princess Leonor of Asturias : The Future Queen of Spain




For those unfamiliar, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia rule Spain and have since the king ascended the throne in 2014. Since then, they’ve welcomed two daughters—Leonor and Sofia, but only one of them is considered a princess. Why?

First in line to the Spanish throne, Princess Leonor was born on October 31, 2005 at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid. The future queen is the first child of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, a former TV news anchor who married the then-Crown Prince in 2004.

As the eldest child, Princess Leonor of Asturias is the heir presumptive to the Spanish throne. In fact, she’ll be Spain’s first queen regnant since Queen Isabella II (who reigned from 1833 to 1868) when she ascends the throne.

Princess Leonor became a big sister when King Felipe and Queen Letizia's second child, Infanta Sofia, was born in 2007.  Although her sister Sofia is also royal, she’s not considered a princess and is instead referred to as Infanta Sofia because she is the second born and will not take on the throne.



The little royal was baptized in the church at the family home in Madrid, Zarzuela Palace, on January 14, 2006. Leonor’s godparents are her paternal grandparents, King Juan Carlos, who served as Spain's monarch from 1975 until his abdication in 2014, and his wife Queen Sofia. During the ceremony, proud grandmother Sofia remarked to reporters that her granddaughter was not only beautiful, but also well-behaved.

From her birth, the young royal held the title "Her Royal Highness Infanta Leonor of Spain," however after her father's accession to the throne, she became "Her Royal Highness The Princess of Asturias". She also holds the titles Princess of Girona, Princess of Viana, Duchess of Montblanc, Countess of Cervera and Lady of Balaguer.

Princess Leonor attends Santa Maria de los Rosales school, where her father was once a student, in the Madrid suburb of Aravaca. Eventually she will likely study abroad as her father did – the King has a degree in law from the University of Madrid and a Masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Leonor is very a enthusiastic and creative student and has studied Mandarin, French and Arabic – and all that is, of course, in addition to Spanish, regional languages and her already fluent English.



Spain's next monarch is said to be a lot like her father – prudent, curious, observant and responsible. And closely guided by her parents, Leonor has had, for the most part, as 'normal' a childhood as possible – she shares a bedroom with her little sister, doesn't have a cellphone and watches very little television. She's also a budding photographer who always bring her own camera with her when she travels, an interest perhaps inherited from her amateur photographer grandmother Queen Sofia, or her journalist mom Letizia. Here, Leonor is seen with her dad on a summer visit to the Can Prunera Museum in Palma de Mallorca in 2017.



Mom Queen Letizia is known for her great wardrobe, and the royal style icon seems to have passed on her chic taste to her daughter! The pair – along with Leonor's little sister Sofia – often wear complimenting ensembles, and both mom and daughters also love affordable brands including Spanish labels Mango and Zara. Even as pre-schoolers the girls were already showing off their now-famous twinning style!


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