When you were at school, there’s a good chance you learnt about some of the various members of the monarchy. Nowadays, if you want to learn about the monarchy, you can, of course, consult the internet, or alternatively, you can watch The Crown on Netflix – although we cannot stress enough that the Crown is a fictional story based on some real events.
Okay, perhaps a drama series on a popular streaming site isn’t the way to familiarize yourself with the monarchy, but it does help to show just how enthralled we all are with the royal family.
As interesting as the British royals can be if you venture overseas to warmer climes, the Spanish monarchy is arguably just as interesting, which is the topic we’re going to be covering today. Specifically, we’ll be learning about Leonor, Princess of Asturias, so get comfortable, grab a beverage, and let’s learn more about this remarkable young lady.
Who is Leonor, Princess of Asturias?
Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbon y Ortiz was born back on the 31st of October, 2005. She recently celebrated her 15th birthday and is the oldest daughter of Queen Letizia of Spain and King Felipe VI. As a result of this, she is the heir presumptive to the throne of Spain.
Assuming that she does indeed ascend to the throne, Leonor will be the country’s first queen regent since Isabella II of Spain, who presided as regent from 1833 to 1868.
Leonor became heiress back in 2014, on the 19th of June when her father ascended the throne.
Early life and personal life
Leonor initially began her education at the daycare for the Spanish Royal Guard. She would go on to attend primary school on the 15th of September, 2008, where she attended a school located just outside of Madrid.
Leonor was a bright child right from the get-go, and as she grew and matured, this became more and more evident. She has studied Mandarin and is also fluent in both English and Spanish.
When Leonor’s father succeeded King Juan Carlos following his abdication, she officially became Leonor, Princess of Asturias, and was the heir presumptive.
In October 2014, the Museo de Cera in Madrid unveiled a waxwork of Leonor, and the following year, a day before her 10th birthday, her father granted her with the Order of the Golden Fleece, which sounds like something out of a fantasy novel doesn’t it?
Heir Apparent controversy
The Spanish monarchy operates under the system of male-preference cognatic primogeniture. As Leonor is the eldest of King Felipe’s daughters, she is in line to take the throne following her father.
However, as a result of the current law, if her father was to conceive a legitimate son while being king, the son would instead take her place and Leonor would be displaced.
Now, there have been talks about changing this law, but as of yet, nothing official has been drawn up.