The Royal Family of the Kingdom of Spain consists of the direct descendants of the current king, Juan Carlos. Early life Juan Carlos was born in Rome, where his grandfather Alfonso XIII of Spain lived in exile after the proclamation of the Second Spanish Republic The Spanish royal family belongs to the House of Bourbon. Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. The House of Bourbon is an important European Royal house, a branch of the Capetian dynasty.
The King's two daughters hold the title Infanta (Princess) of Spain, with the style Her Royal Highness. Their husbands hold no title of their own but are styled His Excellency The Duke of <wife's ducal title>. Excellency is a Honorific style given to certain members of an organization or state A duke is a member of the Nobility, historically of highest rank below the Sovereign, and historically controlled a Duchy or a Dukedom Their children hold the style of His or Her Excellency and the rank of a Grandee of Spain. Grandee is a word either to render in English the Iberic high aristocratic title 'Grande' used by the Spanish Portuguese and Brazilian peerage or by analogy to refer to other
The King's heir bears the title Prince or Princess of Austrias with the style His Royal Highness. The wife of a Prince of Asturias holds the title Princess of Asturias with the style Her Royal Highness. The children of the Prince of Asturias have the title Infante/Infanta and the style Royal Highness.
The Royal Family includes:
The King's two sisters renounced their rights of succession upon marriage, but those renunciations took place before the adoption of the Constitution and were not ratified by the Cortes. Early life Juan Carlos was born in Rome, where his grandfather Alfonso XIII of Spain lived in exile after the proclamation of the Second Spanish Republic Sofía Queen of Spain (Su Majestad la Reina Sofía de España born Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark on November 2, 1938) is the Queen Letizia Princess of Asturias (Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano September 15 1972, Oviedo Spain) is the wife of Felipe, the Prince of Asturias Schooling Infanta Leonor began her education at the daycare for the children of the Spanish Royal Guard. Ancestry Education She studied Basic Education at the University College ESCUNI of Madrid, graduating in 1986 with a speciality in English Philology Don Felipe Juan Froilán de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón (born July 17, 1998) Madrid) is the eldest son of the Duchess and Duke Birth Doña Cristina was born in Madrid and was baptized at the Palacio de La Zarzuela by the Archbishop of Madrid Baptism Three months after his birth in Barcelona, the young member of the Spanish Royal Family was baptized on 12 December 1999 in the See also Line of succession to the Spanish Throne Don Miguel de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón (born 30 April 2002) is a member of the Spanish Royal Family, the third son of the Doña Irene de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón (b June 5, 2005) is the daughter of Infanta Cristina of Spain and Iñaki Urdangarin Spain uses the same system of (male-preference Primogeniture as the United Kingdom.
Both sisters bear the title Infanta of Spain with the style Her Royal Highness. Their children have the right to the status of Grandee and the title Excellency like the children of Infanta Elena and Infanta Cristina.
HRH Don Carlos Maria Alfonso Marcel of Bourbon-Two Sicilies & Bourbon-Parma, Infante of Spain, Prince of the two Sicilies, Duke of Calabria (born 1938), cousin of the King, from the Bourbon-Two Sicilies family, received the title Infante of Spain by Royal Decree 2412 dated December 16, 1994. Biography Infante Carlos is one of two claimants to the title Duke of Calabria. Year 1938 ( MCMXXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 755 - An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion Year 1994 ( MCMXCIV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar) Although it is often stated that this title was given in recognition of Don Carlos' status as head of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, the wording of the decree does not support that view. The King refers to "Las circunstancias excepcionales que concurren" (the exceptional circumstances that concur) in Don Carlos. The reference is to circumstances, not a single circumstance. The decree than cites Don Carlos' representation of the ties between his family and the Spanish Crown as one of those circumstances. For whatever reason, the King chose not to specify what he meant.
Although Don Carlos claims to be the rightful King of the Two Sicilies, his position is disputed. The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies ( Regno delle Due Sicilie) commonly known as just the Two Sicilies, was the name of a Kingdom in Europe. Don Carlos is also the senior heir of Infanta Doña Maria de las Mercedes, the eldest sister of King Alphonso XIII of Spain who was heiress presumptive to the throne for her entire life. Reign Although Alfonso's reign would not end well it began well An heir presumptive is the person provisionally scheduled to inherit a throne peerage or other hereditary honor but whose position can be displaced by the birth of an Heir apparent (Alphonso XIII was born months after his father's death, if he had been a girl Maria de las Mercedes would have become Queen. Alphonso's first child was not born until after his sister's death. ) Don Carlos' father, Don Alphonso de Borbón-Dos Sicilies (who was heir presumptive to the Spanish Throne from [[19-08), and King Juan Carlos of Spain's mother were siblings. An heir presumptive is the person provisionally scheduled to inherit a throne peerage or other hereditary honor but whose position can be displaced by the birth of an Heir apparent Early life Juan Carlos was born in Rome, where his grandfather Alfonso XIII of Spain lived in exile after the proclamation of the Second Spanish Republic Don Carlos' mother belongs to the Bourbon-Parma family that used to rule the Italian Duchy of Parma. The Duchy of Parma was a small Italian state between 1545 and 1802 and again from 1814 to 1860 The Duchy of Parma was created in 1545 from that part of the Duchy of Milan south of the Po River, as a fief for Pope Paul III 's illegitimate son His wife belongs to the French branch of the House of Bourbon. His wife's mother belonged to the Brazilian branch of the Bourbons. Being a representative of the family descended from someone who nearly became Queen, descended from two former heirs presumptive, having immediate connections (father, mother, grandmother, wife, mother-in-law) to all branches of the vast Bourbon Dynasty, and the family that provided the mother of the current King is much more relevant to Spain that any link Don Carlos might have with the long defunct Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies ( Regno delle Due Sicilie) commonly known as just the Two Sicilies, was the name of a Kingdom in Europe.
The title was not extended to Don Carlos' wife who was born HRH Anne Marguerite Brigitte Marie d'Orléans, Fille de France, Princess of Orléans, a member of the French Royal House. Fils de France ( Son of France) was the style and Rank held by the sons of the kings and dauphins of France Orléans is the name used by several branches of the Royal House of France all descended in the legitimate male line from the dynasty's royal founder Hugh Capet Their children would ordinarily have the status of Grandee with the title Excellency but instead generally use the title Prince(ss) of Bourbon-Two Sicilies based on their father's descent from the former Kings of the Two Sicilies. Although her wife is officially styled Her Royal Highness Princess Anne of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Calabria.