its very interesting how all these ladies have a younger brother who has a higher title that they do
With the abdication of Juan Carlos, there are some terms/statements being thrown around that can cause a bit of confusion.
Royal Family vs. Royal Family
This is the one that causes the most issues. The fandom largely refers to each monarch as the Spanish Royal Family, British Royal Family, etc and that encompasses, from our standpoint, every person born into the family. However, each monarch tends to refer to only a set group of people as belonging to the Royal Family and many refer to it as the Royal House. So when I say that Infanta Elena is no longer a member of the Royal Family, I don’t mean she’s no longer royalty, I simply mean she is no longer a member of the main part of the family. The Royal Family consists solely of TM the King and Queen, the Princess of Asturias, Infanta Sofia, and King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia. Infanta Elena, Infanta Cristina, and their families are not considered a part of the Royal Family, though they are still Spanish royalty. They retain their titles and their places in line to the throne. Cristina will no longer (as she has not for the past 2 or so years) do duties for the King. Elena will continue to work with her patronages. It seems that Queen Sofia will also continue to work with her patronages, though that’s not really a surprise. Elena & the King and Queen will continue to attend family events (though how much JC does, remains to be seen). Whether they attend gala events, that we will find out as time goes on. Elena hasn’t attended a state visit in several years, so it’s likely she will continue to not attend them.
Royal House/Family simply refers to the King/Queen, the heir & his/her family, and any other children of the monarch and their children. Now, the Royal Family of the UK is a bit more encompassing, but in the years to come it will be shaved down. The Queen’s cousins are growing older and will be doing less and less events as the years go on, so eventually they will either die or be “pushed” out of the Royal Family.
Since we have several people on this blog, I cannot really make specific statements as to “if we say this we just mean this” etc. The fandom does use the term Royal Family in quite a broad stroke. I can only say that I will try to be more specific, particularly as we go through these abdications & changing of the guard.
Representing the King vs. Representing Yourself
Infanta Elena’s role in the coming years is under question. Obviously Leonor and Sofia are far too young to truly undertake any royal duties. Elena is no longer a member of the Royal Family, but she still has her list of patronages. She will no longer be doing duties for the King, but can still represent her patronages in attending events. As she is still royalty, there is no reason for her to stop doing what she has been doing, particularly with Cristina out of the game. Elena has backed away from the more official events (state visits, etc) in the past few years since her divorce and I don’t believe we’ll see her stepping up, as it were, in the future. Although terms have changed for the Spanish Royal Family, I believe things will remain as they have, except now Felipe and Letizia represent the family officially with JC & Sofia stepping back.
Princess vs. Infanta
Now that Leonor is the Princess of Asturias, there remains the question of if she’s still an Infanta. She is Her Royal Highness The Most Serene Infanta Doña Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz, Princess of Asturias, Princess of Viana, Princess of Girona, Duchess of Montblanc, Countess of Cervera and Lady of Balaguer. So you can still refer to her as Infanta Leonor, if you so choose, but she can also be called Princess Leonor or just Princess of Asturias.
Sofia, of course, remains Infanta Sofia of Spain and will remain so until she weds. Like her Aunts, I would imagine she will be given a Duchy when she weds. Unless she marries royalty from another country ;)
If anyone still has any questions, by all means, please ask. Some of this stuff is just guess work. The SRF is not as active as they have been in the past with the current political and economic climate in the country, but hopefully that will change. Until we really see the family in action, we can really only guess at how things will be. I am only repeating what I have seen written on other forums and places.
Now that the Duchess of Lugo is no longer a member of the Royal Family, I don’t suspect we’ll see the Marichalar Tiara again. At least for many years.
Infanta Elena recycled her outfit for the proclamation activities today. It’s unknown how many times she’s worn it, but she previously wore it in 2006.
From today’s activities in Spain
Throwback Thursday: The Prince of Wales alongside the then Princess of Wales and their children on holiday in Majorca, Spain (1986)
Last Friday, Infanta Elena of Spain visited la Real Maestranza de Caballeria in Zaragoza
Source: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Europe
Members of the Spanish Royal Family attend Easter Sunday mass
Photo source: Hola!
Good to see Juan Carlos out
Infanta Elena in her last day the Domnican Republic, where she was visiting on behalf of the program in San Pedro de Marcorís, sponsored by the Mapfre Foundation, of which she is the director of Social and Cultural Projects. The program is aimed at seeking improvements in the nutritional and health status of children orphaned or abandoned hosted by NPH Dominican Republic.
The King and Queen accompanied by Her Royal Highness the Infanta Doña Elena paid tribute to former Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez in the Burning Chapel installed in the Hall of Lost Steps of the Congress of Deputies.
The Prince and Princess of Asturias paid their tributes after attending the funeral for Bilbao’s mayor, Iñaki Azkuna.
Members of the Spanish Royal Family attend the 10th anniversary Mass to pay homage to the victims of the Madrid train bombings at the Almudena Cathedral
Source: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images Europe