Count of Cervera

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The title Count of Cervera (Catalan: Comte de Cervera, Spanish: Conde de Cervera) is held by Leonor, Princess of Asturias, heiress to Felipe VI of Spain. Cervera is the capital of the comarca of Segarra, in the province of Lleida, Catalonia. The title specifically represents the heir to the Kingdom of Valencia, a part of the Crown of Aragon.

The title was created in 1353 by Peter IV of Aragon for his son and heir, the infante John, who was later John I of Aragon. The title, which Peter claimed as Count of Barcelona, passed in the Crown of Aragon; it has been united with the Aragonese title Prince of Girona since 1414, after which its history may be traced under that title.

The Crown of Aragon and its institutions were formally abolished after the War of the Spanish Succession (1702–1713) with the accession of the first Bourbon king of Spain, by the Nueva Planta decrees, under which all the lands of Aragon were incorporated, as provinces, into a united Spanish administration, as Spain moved towards a more centralized government under the new Bourbon dynasty.

By royal decree[1] from 21 January 1977, the hereditary titles of the former Crown of Aragon have been invested in Don Felipe de Borbón, naming him "Prince of Asturias and other titles historically related to the Heir to the Crown of Spain". In the question of succession the Spanish Constitution of 1978 (Title II, art. 57.2) indicates: "The Heir to the Throne, from his birth or the fact that causes his call, has the rank of Prince of Asturias and other titles traditionally linked to the Heirs to the Crown of Spain".

In 1996, on the occasion of an official visit to Cervera Prince Felipe assumed the title in a public ceremony.


Coat of Arms of the former Counts and County of Cervera

Personal Coat of Arms of Leonor as Count of Cervera (Unofficial)

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  1. ^ RD 54/1977, BOE del 22 de enero de 1977

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