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Old 09-28-2020, 08:33 PM
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Marriage is not a requirement to becoming the Sovereign - marriage in most countries, however, can be a reason to be removed from the line of succession...

Nor did Vojthas suggest that Leonor was not going to be queen, she only suggested that Sofía could be Leonor's heir (so becoming queen AFTER not INSTEAD OF Leonor). This happened not that long ago (90's) in Belgium; and until very recently seemed a real possibility in Luxembourg. So, nobody doubts that the Spanish firstborn is the heir and it IS a real possibility that the heir might not have direct heirs (=children) of his/her own as we've seen in other monarchies.

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Old 09-28-2020, 10:08 PM
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The issue isn't even really just the heiress.

If Leonor for some reason never marries, yes she would still be monarch. But she wouldn't have a consort to support her in her role. Or children to fill in the void either. It would fall to Sofia to be her extra hands, her support in the royal roles that need to be filled.

And even if Leonor has children, if she for some reason came to the throne before her children reached majority she would still need Sofia. We look at Margrethe in Denmark who used to send Benedikte to events that usually the heir would attend, when Frederick was still a minor.

As the only sibling of the future monarch, Sofia is going to have a purpose in the family for some years to come.

And if her sister has no children Sofia may not be queen either. It certainly isn't uncommon for a younger sibling to die first. If Sofia were to die before Leonor, it would be her possible children to succeed Leonor if Leonor had none of her own.

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Old 09-29-2020, 04:57 AM
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Normally Sofia would cease to be a member of the RF when Leonor becomes Queen, like Cristina or Elena. But in case she becomes Queen without husband or children, Sofia will not be released into a private life.
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Old 10-07-2020, 11:08 AM
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Hola magazine this week reported on Princess Leonor, who turns 15 on October 31.
The vanitatis website also did a report based on Hola.
According to Hola, Leonor's confirmation will be next year along with schoolmates of the same age.
In 2021 she should also visit the city of Santiago, as a reason for the year Xacobeo, fulfilling an old tradition.
From next year the Princess of Asturias can also be present at audiences at Zarzuela and lunches with foreign representatives.


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