Leonor, Princess of Asturias

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Leonor
Princess of Asturias (more)
Leonor in 2023
Born (2005-10-31) 31 October 2005 (age 18)
Ruber International Hospital, Madrid, Spain
Full name
Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz
House Bourbons of Spain
Father Felipe VI
Mother Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano
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Leonor, Princess of Asturias (Leonor de Todos los Santos; born 31 October 2005) is the heiress presumptive to the Spanish throne, She is the elder daughter King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia. Born during the reign of her paternal grandfather, King Juan Carlos I. She was educated at Santa Maria de los Rosales School, the same school as her father; after finishing her secondary studies, she studied an International Baccalaureate at the UWC Atlantic College in Wales, United Kingdom. On 17 August 2023, Leonor joined the General Military Academy to start her 3-year military education. In 2014, when her father ascended the throne after the abdication of her grandfather, Leonor was granted all the traditional titles of the heir to the Spanish crown, these are Princess of Asturias, Princess of Girona, Princess of Viana, Duchess of Montblanc, Countess of Cervera, Lady of Balaguer. Leonor was formally proclaimed heiress before the Cortes on 31 October 2023, her 18th birthday. Should Leonor ascend to the throne as expected, she will be Spain's first queen regnant since her fourth great-grandmother Isabella II, who reigned from 1833 to 1868.

Birth

Leonor was born on 31 October 2005 at 01:46 to Felipe and Letizia, then the Prince and Princess of Asturias, during the reign of her paternal grandfather, King Juan Carlos I, in the Ruber International Hospital in Madrid using a caesarean section necessitated by non-progression of childbirth. As the daughter of the heir apparent, she was an infanta and the second in the line of succession to the Spanish throne. Her birth was announced by the royal family to the press via SMS.

Leonor left the Ruber International Hospital with her parents on 7 November 2005. She was baptised in the Zarzuela Palace by the Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Rouco Varela, on 14 January 2006. Like her father, Leonor was baptised-with water from the Jordan River-in Romanesque baptismal font that has been used to christen Spanish prices since the 17th century. Her godparents were her paternal grandparents, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia. She received the name of Leonor de Todos los Santos.

Education and Military Training

Leonor's education began at Escuela Infantil Guardia Real, the daycare for the children of the Spanish Royal Guard. She began her first year of primary school on 15 September 2008 at the Santa Maria de los Rosales School in Aravaca, just outside Madrid. Her father is an alumnus of the private school and her younger sister, Sofia, is also enrolled there. In September 2021, she began studying a 2-year International Baccalaureate program at the UWC Atlantic College in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. She graduated in May 2023, having her studies. Leonor is fluent in both Spanish and English (the later learnt from her British nanny and also from her grandmother, Queen Sofia) and has studied Mandarin.

In March 2023, it was announced by Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles that the government had approved a royal decree for Leonor to begin a 3-year military training education program. On 17 August, she started her first year of training at the General Military Academy in Zaragoza. In preparation for her role as Spain's commander-in-chief, she will follow her father's footsteps with two further years of naval and air force training at the Naval Military Academy in Marin and the General Air Academy in Murcia, respectively. Whilst attending the military academics, Leonor will renounce her salary and any money that cadets receive.

Titles and Styles[edit]

  • 31 October 2005 – 19 June 2014 Her Royal Highness Infanta Leonor of Spain.
  • 19 June 2014 – present Her Royal Highness The Princess of Asturias, Her Royal Highness The Princess of Girona, Her Royal Highness The Princess of Viana, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Montblanc, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Cervera, Lady Balaguer

National Honours[edit]

On 31 October 2023, the Congress of Deputies and the Senate granted her the Gold Medals of the Spanish parliament.




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Leonor, Princess of Asturias
Cadet branch of the Capetian dynasty
Born: 31 October 2005

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First
Succession to the Spanish throne Succeeded by
Spanish royalty
Preceded by Princess of Asturias, Princess of Viana
Princess of Girona, Duchess of Montblanc,
Countess of Cervera, Lady of Balaguer

2014–present
Incumbent

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