Posted by: janecronin | October 22, 2011

Royal family names – so who is la reina Isabel?


A lot of Brits don’t realise that our greatest export, the Windsor family, is referred to by different names in different countries.  As far as the Spanish are concerned, our sovereign is called la reina Isabel, her hubby el príncipe Felipe and their off-spring los príncipes Carlos, Andrés y Eduardo and la princesa Ana. 

There’s more – the two young princes are Guillermo y Enrique (the Spanish translation of Henry) and Will’s new bride – la princesa Catalina.  Camila is also known as La Duquesa de Cornualles, which is the rather awkward Spanish translation of Corwall.  And so it goes on.  Strangely though, they’ve never got out of the habit of calling princess Diana “Lady Di” (pronounced Lady Dee).

Perhaps we should start calling the Spanish king John Charles and his wife Sophie?

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