Leonor, Princess of Asturias

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Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortíz, Princesa de Asturias

Russian: Леонор, Princesa de Asturias, Spanish: Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón, princesa de Asturias
Current Location:: Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain
Birthplace: Ruber International Clinic, Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Felipe VI Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos of Borbon and Grece, King of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain
Sister of Sofía de Borbón

Occupation: Infanta of Spain, Princess of Asturias
Managed by: Susanna Barnevik
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About Leonor, Princess of Asturias

Leonor, Princess of Asturias is the heir presumptive to the throne of Spain as the elder daughter of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia. In addition to the official title of Princess of Asturias, she bears the historical titles of Princess of Girona, Princess of Viana, Duchess of Montblanc, Countess of Cervera and Lady of Balaguer. Her sister, Infanta Sofía, follows her in the line of succession.

Leonor was born on 31 October 2005 at 1:47 am in the Ruber International Hospital in Madrid by means of a caesarean section necessitated by non-progression of labour. Her birth was announced by the Royal Family to the press via SMS. Her umbilical cord was clipped and sent for storage to Cord Blood Registry based in Arizona. Leonor left the Ruber International Hospital with her parents on 7 November 2005. She was baptised in the Zarzuela Palace by the Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Antonio Rouco Varela, on 14 January 2006. Like her father in 1968, Leonor was christened with water from the Jordan River, a royal custom. She was also given the additional names of de Todos los Santos, a Bourbon tradition. Her godparents were her paternal grandparents, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía.

Leonor's education began at the daycare for the children of the Spanish Royal Guard. She began her first year of elementary school on 15 September 2008 at the Santa María de los Rosales School in Aravaca, just outside Madrid. Her father is an alumnus of the private school and her younger sister Sofía is also enrolled there. Leonor is fluent in both Spanish and English and has studied Mandarin.

In May 2014, Leonor made her first official visit to the San Javier airforce base in Murcia.

On 18 June 2014, King Juan Carlos signed the instrument of abdication, which went into effect at midnight, 19 June 2014. At this time, Leonor's father became the King of Spain as Felipe VI, and Leonor herself became the heir presumptive and the new Princess of Asturias. Spain's monarchy operates under a system of male-preference cognatic primogeniture, meaning that Leonor, as the elder of Felipe's two daughters, is first in line to inherit the throne. Under the current law, however, if her father ever has a legitimate son, Leonor would be displaced in the line of succession and again become an infanta.

There have been discussions about changing the succession law to absolute primogeniture, allowing for the inheritance of the eldest child, regardless of gender; however, the birth of Leonor, followed by that of her younger sister Sofía, stalled these plans. Despite a recent change from male-preference to absolute primogeniture for Spanish titles of nobility, as of 2018 no legislation has been passed affecting inheritance to the throne.

If Leonor ascends the throne, she will be Spain's first queen regnant since Isabel II, who reigned from 1833 to 1868.

In October 2014, a wax figure of Leonor was unveiled at the Museo de Cera in Madrid. On 20 May 2015, Leonor received First Communion as per Catholic custom.

A day before her 10th birthday, she was granted the Order of the Golden Fleece by her father. In addition, the Council of Ministers approved the design of her personal standard and guidon.

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Leonor, Princess of Asturias's Timeline

October 31, 2005
Ruber International Clinic, Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain
October 31, 2005
- June 19, 2014
Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid
January 14, 2006
Palace of Zarzuela, Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain
September 15, 2008
Age 2
Colegio De Santa Maria De Los Rosales
June 19, 2014
- present
Age 8
Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain