Everything you need to know about the Spanish royal family

And a complete guide to who’s who…

Considering Australia is a part of the Commonwealth, it’s understandable that most of us immediately think of the British royal family when we hear the word ‘royals’.

But, obviously, there are many royal families in existence around the world. The Danish royal family, for instance. Not to mention the Spanish royal family…

If you’re not super familiar with the latter, never fear!

Read on to learn everything you need to know about the Spanish royals.

Who are the Spanish royal family members?

The current Spanish royal family is made up of:

King Felipe VI

Felipe is the third and only son of King Juan Carlos I. He became King of Spain in 2014 when Juan Carlos abdicated the throne.

king felipe vi of the spanish royal family

Queen Letizia

Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano worked as a journalist before she married into royalty. Most notably, she was a news anchor at CNN+ and Televisión Española.

In 2004, she married Felipe, the then-Prince of Asturias. Her marriage made her the Princess of Asturias, and now that her husband is King, she is Queen of Spain.

queen letizia of the spanish royal family

Leonor, Princess of Asturias

Princess Leonor is the eldest child of Felipe and Letizia. She was born on October 31, 2005 and became the heir apparent when her father ascended the throne in 2014.

princess leonor

Infanta Sofía

Infanta Sofía is the youngest child of Felipe and Letizia. She was born on April 29, 2007.

infanta sofia

King Juan Carlos I

Juan Carlos is the former King of Spain. He became king in 1975 following the death of General Franco (former Caudillo of Spain) and reigned right up until 2014, when he chose to abdicate the throne.

king juan carlos i

Queen Sofia

Sofia was born Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark to King Paul and Queen Frederica of Greece. In 1962, she married Juan Carlos and, upon his accession, became Queen of Spain in 1975.

queen sofia

What are Spanish royals called?

The King (el Rey in Spanish) and Queen (la Reina in Spanish) are the occupants of the Spanish throne. They can also be called His Majesty and Her Majesty.

The King’s heir apparent bears the title of Prince or Princess of Asturias.

Any other children of the monarch bear the title Infante or Infanta. The children of the Prince or Princess of Asturias also bear the title Infante or Infanta.

Any children an Infante or Infanta have have the rank – but not the title – of Grandee, an official aristocratic title conferred on some Spanish nobility.

spanish royal family

Who is the most popular Spanish royal?

People love a princess. Just look at Princess Catherine; crowds adore her.

Therefore, it’s not super surprising that Princess Leonor has many fans.

The eldest daughter of King Felipe, and the heir apparent to the Spanish throne, is extremely popular both in Spain and abroad.

princess leonor of the spanish royal family

Are the Spanish royals related to the British royal family?

Yes, albeit distantly.

Juan Carlos and Sophia are great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria of England. And the late Queen Elizabeth II and the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh were also great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria of England.

Meaning Juan Carlos, Sophia, Elizabeth and Philip are all third cousins.

The families have a close relationship; reportedly, Felipe, called the late Queen Elizabeth II (and his third cousin once removed) ‘Auntie Lillibet’.

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