The Young Future Queens of Europe: Infanta Leonor of Spain

Her Royal Highness Infanta Leonor of Spain was born on October 31, 2005 in Madrid. Her parents are Prince Filipe and Princess Letizia. Her official title is Her Royal Highness, Infanta of Spain.

Spain still follows male primogeniture for succession, though there have been talks of updating the constitution to match those of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands. No changes have been made as of yet, so Princess Leonor will continue to be second in line to the throne after her father unless she has any brothers in the future. As such, like her contemporaries Princess Ingrid of Norway and Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, she is expected to be Queen of Spain.

This is a picture of Prince Filipe taken just four hours after  Leonor’s birth:

Ok, so what is an infanta, you may ask? Well, infanta means ‘infant’ in Portuguese and this is the title and rank given to children of a monarch and the grandchildren of the male line of the monarch of Spain. All infantes are also given the title of Princes or Princess.

The princess was baptised on the 14th of January, 2006. Following the tradition of Spain’s royal family, she was baptised with water from the River Jordan. Her godparents are her paternal grandparents, Their Majesties King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain.

Here she is with her godparents, the King and Queen of Spain:

We love this picture so much, we’ve shown it before, in our post on royal kids heading back to school (click here for a refresher). This was taken in September of 2008.

And, to finish, here is our favourite pic of Leonor. She apparently got the giggles when the wind threatened her skirt during an outing with her mom in Mallorca:

Time will tell if Leonor has a brother that will threaten her place in the line of succession. In that case, the succession laws could be changed…or not. We shall see! In any case, here’s to Leonor having many more giggles…

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