Spanish order of precedence

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The Spanish order of precedence is established by the Royal Decree 2099/1983. The decree establishes the order of precedence of national official activities as well as common regulations to activities organised by municipalities, autonomous communities and other public institutions. The general order established by the decree is modified if the event takes place in the capital, Madrid, instead of elsewhere in Spain.

Order of precedence in Madrid[edit]

  1. HM The King (as the monarch)
  2. The members of the Royal Family
    1. HM The Queen (as the consort)
    2. HRH The Princess of Asturias (as the heir presumptive)
    3. HRH Infanta Sofia
    4. The former monarch and consort
      1. HM King Juan Carlos
      2. HM Queen Sophia
    5. The Infantes of Spain in order of succession rights
      1. HRH The Duchess of Lugo
      2. HRH The Duchess of Palma de Mallorca
      3. HRH The Duchess of Badajoz
      4. HRH The Duchess of Hernani and Soria
      5. HRH The Duke of Calabria
      6. HRH The Duchess of Calabria
      7. HRH The Dowager Duchess of Calabria
  3. The President of the Government (Prime Minister) - Mariano Rajoy
  4. The President of the Congress of Deputies - Jesús Posada
  5. The President of the Senate - Pío Garcia Escudero
  6. The President of the Constitutional Court - Francisco Pérez de los Cobos
  7. The President of the General Council of the Judiciary and of the Supreme Court - Carlos Lesmes
  8. The Vice Presidents of the Government
    1. The Vice President of the Government and Minister of the Presidency - Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría
  9. The Ministers of the Cabinet
    1. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation - José García-Margallo y Marfil
    2. The Minister of Justice - Alberto Ruiz Gallardón
    3. The Minister of Defence - Pedro Morenés
    4. The Minister of Finance and Public Administrations - Cristóbal Montoro
    5. The Minister of the Interior - Jorge Fernández Díaz
    6. The Minister of Public Works - Ana Pastor
    7. The Minister of Education - José Ignacio Wert
    8. The Minister of Labor - Fátima Báñez
    9. The Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism - José Manuel Soria
    10. The Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Environment - Miguel Arias Cañete
    11. The Minister of the Presidency (currently held by the Vice President)
    12. The Minister of Economy and Competitiveness - Luis de Guindos
    13. The Minister of Health, Social Policy and Equality - Ana Mato
  10. The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps - The Apostolic Nuncio
  11. Ambassadors accredited to Spain
  12. Former Prime Ministers by order of tenure
    1. Felipe Gonzalez
    2. José María Aznar
    3. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
  13. The Presidents of the Autonomous communities of Spain, in order of creation
    1. The President of the Basque Country - Iñigo Urkullu
    2. The President of Catalonia - Artur Mas
    3. The President of Galicia - Alberto Núñez Feijóo
    4. The President of Andalusia - Susana Díaz
    5. The President of Asturias - Javier Fernández Fernández
    6. The President of Cantabria - Ignacio Diego
    7. The President of La Rioja - Pedro Sanz
    8. The President of the Region of Murcia - Ramón Luis Valcárcel
    9. The President of the Valencian Community - Alberto Fabra
    10. The President of Aragón - Luisa Fernanda Rudi
    11. The President of Castile-La Mancha - Maria Dolores de Cospedal
    12. The President of the Canary Islands - Paulino Rivero
    13. The President of Navarre - Yolanda Barcina
    14. The President of Extremadura - José Antonio Monago
    15. The President of the Balearic Islands - José Ramón Bauzà
    16. The President of the Community of Madrid - Ignacio González González
    17. The President of Castile and León - Juan Vicente Herrera
    18. The Mayor-President of Ceuta - Juan Jesús Vivas
    19. The Mayor-President of Melilla - Juan José Imbroda
  14. The Leader of the Opposition - Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba
  15. The Mayor of Madrid - Ana Botella
  16. The Head of the House of His Majesty the King
  17. The President of the Council of State
  18. The President of Court of Accounts
  19. The Attorney General of the State
  20. The Ombudsman
  21. Secretaries of State and assimilated personnel according to the precedence of their ministries
  22. The Chief of the Defense Staff
  23. The Chief of Staff of the Army
  24. The Admiral Chief of the Naval Staff
  25. The Chief of Staff of the Air Force
  26. Vice Presidents of the Congress of Deputies and the Senate
  27. The Chairman of the Supreme Council of Military Justice
  28. The Government's Delegate in Madrid
  29. The Deputy Inspector General of the First Military Region
  30. The Chief of the Central Jurisdiction of the Navy
  31. The Chief of the First Air Region
  32. The Secretary-General of the House of His Majesty the King
  33. The Head of the Military Chamber of the House of His Majesty the King
  34. Under Secretaries and assimilated personnel according to the precedence of their ministries
  35. The President of the Madrid Assembly - José Ignacio Echeverria
  36. Foreign Chargé d'affaires accredited to Spain
  37. The President of the Instituto de España
  38. The Chief of Protocol of the State (Director of Protocol of the Presidency of the Government)
  39. Directors Generals and Assimilated Personnel
  40. Ministers of the Madrid Regional Government
  41. Members of the Bureau of the Madrid Assembly
  42. The President of the Madrid High Court of Justice
  43. The Chief Prosecutor of the Madrid High Court of Justice
  44. Deputies and Senators for Madrid
  45. The Rector of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) - José Carrillo
  46. The Rector of the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) - José María Sanz
  47. The Rector of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM)
  48. The Rector of the National University for Distance Education (UNED)
  49. The Rector of the University of Alcalá
  50. The Rector of the Carlos III University (UC3M)
  51. The Rector of the Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC)
  52. Deputy Mayors of Madrid
Order Institution Office Holder
1 The Head of State The current Monarch Felipe VI
2 The immediate Royal Family The Consort of the Monarch Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano
The Heir apparent Leonor, Princess of Asturias Infanta Sofia of Spain
The Former Monarchs Juan Carlos I of Spain
Sophia of Greece and Denmark
The Infantes of Spain

Infanta Elena of Spain
Infanta Cristina of Spain

3 The Head of Government The President of the Government (PM) Mariano Rajoy
4 The heads of the legislative power The President of the Congress of Deputies Jesús Posada
The President of the Senate Pío García Escudero
5 The heads of the judiciary The Chairperson of the Constitutional Court Francisco Pérez de los Cobos
The Chairperson of the General Council of the Judiciary & of the Supreme Court Carlos Lesmes
6 The Cabinet First Vice President Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría
Minister of Foreign Affairs José García-Margallo y Marfil
Minister of Justice Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón y Jiménez
Minister of Defence Pedro Morenés y Álvarez de Eulate
Minister of Economy Luis de Guindos Jurado
Minister of the Interior Jorge Fernández Díaz
Minister of Infratucture Ana Mª Pastor Julián
Minister of Education, Culture and Sport José Ignacio Wert Ortega
Minister of Labor María Fátima Báñez García
Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism José Manuel Soria López
Minister of Agriculture Miguel Arias Cañete
Minister for Public Administrations Cristóbal R. Montoro Romero
Minister of Health and Consumption Ana Mato Adrover
7 The diplomatic corps The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps The Papal Nuncio
Other ambassadors accredited to Spain
8 The former Heads of Government
since the transition to democracy, in order of tenure
PM 1982-1996 Felipe González
PM 1996-2004 José María Aznar
PM 2004-2011 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
9 The Heads of the Autonomous Communities

in order of initial enactment of their Charters of Autonomy

Basque Autonomous Community: the Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu
Catalonia: the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya Artur Mas
Galicia: the President of the Xunta de Galicia Alberto Núñez Feijóo
Andalusia: the President of the Junta de Andalucía Susana Díaz
Principality of Asturias: the President of the Principality of Asturias Javier Fernández Fernández
Cantabria: the President of Cantabria Ignacio Diego
La Rioja: the President of La Rioja Pedro Sanz Alonso
Region of Murcia: the President of the regional government Ramón Luis Valcárcel
Valencian Community: the President of the Generalitat Valenciana Alberto Fabra
Aragón: the President of the Government of Aragon Luisa Fernanda Rudi
Castile-La Mancha: the President of the Junta de Comunidades Maria Dolores de Cospedal
Canary Islands: the President of the regional government Paulino Rivero
Foral Community of Navarre: the President of the foral government Yolanda Barcina
Extremadura: the President of the Junta de Extremadura José Antonio Monago
Balearic Islands: the President of the regional government José Ramón Bauzà
Community of Madrid: the President of the regional government Ignacio González
Castile and León: the President of the Junta de Castilla y León Juan Vicente Herrera
Ceuta: the Mayor-President of the autonomous city Juan Jesús Vivas
Melilla: the Mayor-President of the autonomous city Juan José Imbroda
10 The Leader of the Opposition Leader of the largest non-government party
As of 2013: leader of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba
11 The Mayor of the national capital The Mayor of Madrid, by constitutional mandate Ana Botella
12 The heads of several civil service branches The Chief of the King's House
The Chairman of the Council of State Francisco Rubio Llorente
The Chairman of the Court of Accounts
The Attorney General Cándido Conde-Pumpido
The Ombudsman Enrique Múgica
13 Junior branches of the Government Secretaries of State and assimilated personnel
By order of creation of their ministries
14 National military chiefs Chief of Staff of the Defence (JEMAD) Gen Adm. Fernando García Sánchez
Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Jaime Domínguez Buj
Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy Gen Adm. Jaime Muñoz-Delgado
Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Francisco Javier García Arnáiz
15 Deputy heads of the legislative power Deputy Speakers of the Congress of Deputies Teresa Cunillera i Mestres
Ana María Pastor Julián
Jorge Fernández Díaz
Jordi Jané i Guasch
Vice Presidents of the Senate Isidre Molas i Batllori
Juan José Lucas Giménez
16 Head of the Military Jurisdiction Chairman of the Supreme Council of Military Justice
17 Central Government's Representative Government's Delegate to Madrid
18 Regional military chiefs Captain General of the First Military Region
Chief Admiral of the Central Jurisdiction of the Navy
Lieutenant General of the First Air Region
19 Royal Household Staff Secretary General of the Royal Household
Chief of the Military Quarter of the Royal Household
20 Heads of the Civil Service Under-secretaries and assimilated personnel
21 Head of the Regional Legislature Speaker of the Madrid Assembly Elvira Rodriguez Herrer

Order of Precedence when not in Madrid[edit]

  • The King or Queen of Spain
  • The Queen Consort or the Queen's Consort
  • The Prince of Asturias
  • The Princess Consort of Asturias
  • The Infantes of Spain
  • The President of the Government
  • The President of the Congress of Deputies
  • The President of the Senate
  • The Chairperson of the Constitutional Court
  • The Chairperson of the General Council of the Judiciary Power
  • The First Vice president (if applicable)
  • The Second Vice President (if applicable)
  • The President of the Autonommous Community where the event is taking place
  • Ministers of the government according to the order before mentioned.
  • Dean of the Diplomatic Corps
  • Foreign ambassadors accredited to Spain
  • Former Prime Ministers
  • Presidents of other Autonomous Communities according to the order before mentioned
  • Leaders of the Opposition
  • President of the Community's Legislature
  • The Government's Delegate to the Autonomous Community where the event is taking place
  • The Mayor of the Place
  • The Chief of the House of the King
  • The Chairman of the Council of State
  • The Chairman of the Auditor Court
  • The Attorney General
  • The Ombudsman
  • Secretaries of State and assimilate personnel
  • The Chief of Staff of The Defence
  • The Chief of Staff of the Army
  • The Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy
  • The Chief of Staff of the Air Force
  • Vice Presidents of the Congress and the Senate
  • Chairman of the Supreme Council of Military Justice
  • Captain General of the Military Region
  • General Commander of the Naval Zone
  • Lieutenant General of the Aerial Zone
  • Commander General of the Fleet
  • The Chief of the Military Quarter and Secretary General of the House of the King
  • Ministers of the Autonomous Community's Government
  • Members of the Bureau of the Community's Legislature
  • The Chairman of the Community's High Court
  • The Chief Prosecutor of the High Court
  • Under Secretaries and Assimilated Personnel
  • Secretaries of the Congress of Deputies and the Senate
  • Foreign Chargé d'affaires accredited to Spain
  • The President of the Instituto de España
  • The National Chief of Protocol
  • Deputy Government's delegate of the province (where applicable)
  • The President of The Provincial Deputation or Insular Council (where applicable)
  • Directors Generals and assimilated personnel
  • Deputies and Senators for the province
  • Rectors of the Universities of the University District where the event is taking place, by order of establishment
  • The Insular Government's Delegate (only in Canary and Balearic Islands)
  • The Chairman of the Provincial Court
  • The Military Governor
  • The Chief of the Naval Sector
  • The Chief of the Air Sector
  • Lieutenant Mayors of the Place
  • Military Commanders
  • Foreign Consuls

Order of Preference of Spanish Institutions in Madrid[edit]

  • The Government of Spain
  • The Diplomatic Corps accredited to Spain
  • The Bureau of the Congress of Deputies
  • The Bureau of the Senate
  • The Constitutional Court
  • The General Council of the Judiciary Power
  • The Supreme Court
  • The Council of State
  • The Auditor Court
  • The Office of the President
  • Ministries attending to the above order
  • The Instituto de España and the Royal Academies
  • The Community of Madrid Executive Council
  • The Madrid Assembly
  • The Madrid High Court of Justice
  • The Madrid City Council
  • The Universities

Order of Precedence of Spanish Institutions when not in Madrid[edit]

  • The Government of Spain
  • The Diplomatic Corps accredited to Spain
  • The Autonomic Executive Council
  • The Bureau of the Congress of Deputies
  • The Bureau of the Senate
  • The Constitutional Court
  • The General Council of the Judiciary Power
  • The Supreme Court
  • The Autonomic Legislature
  • The Council of State
  • The Auditor Court
    • The Regional High Court of Justice
  • The City or Town Council
  • The Office of the President
  • Ministries attending to the above order
  • Autonomic Ministries
  • The Instituto de España and the Royal Academies
  • Spanish Government's office in the Autonomous Community
  • Provincial Deputation or Insular Council
  • Provincial Court
  • The Universities
  • Foreign Consular Offices

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