Spanish Monarchs

Find out more about the greatest Spanish Monarchs, including Juan Carlos I of Spain, Ferdinand II of Aragon, Alfonso XIII of Spain, Charles III of Spain and Isabella II of Spain.

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 1 Philip II of Spain

Philip II of Spain
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Famous As: King of Spain (1556-1598)
Birthdate: May 21, 1527
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Valladolid, Spain
Died: September 13, 1598
Philip II, son of Charles V, was a 16-th century king of Spain and Portugal. Also known as Philip the Prudent, he became the king of Ireland and England through his marriage to Mary I. Following Mary’s death, he attempted to overthrow Elizabeth I with his armada invasions, but failed.

 2 Ferdinand II of Aragon

Ferdinand II of Aragon
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Famous As: King of Aragon (1479-1516)
Birthdate: March 10, 1452
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sos del Rey Católico, Spain
Died: January 23, 1516

Ferdinand II of Aragon reigned as the King of Aragon from 1479 until his death in 1516. He sponsored Christopher Columbus' first voyage and therefore is credited with playing a key role in the discovery of the New World. He has been depicted in several films, including Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, and Assassin's Creed.

 3 Charles II of Spain

Charles II of Spain
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: November 6, 1661
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid
Died: November 1, 1700

Charles II of Spain reigned as the king of Spain from 1665 to 1700. He was the last king from the House of Habsburg to rule the Spanish Empire. Despite suffering from many illnesses throughout his life, Charles proved to be a reasonably influential king. The town of Charleroi and the Caroline Islands in modern Belgium were named after Charles.

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 4 Felipe VI of Spain

Felipe VI of Spain
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Famous As: King of Spain
Birthdate: January 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Felipe VI of Spain is the current King of Spain, reigning since 2014. He ascended the throne upon the abdication of his father, Juan Carlos I. His mother is Queen Sofía. As the king, he is head of state and commander-in-chief of the Spanish Armed Forces as well. He also serves as the honorary president of several associations and foundations. 

 5 Charles III of Spain

Charles III of Spain
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Famous As: King of Spain (1759-1788)
Birthdate: January 20, 1716
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: December 14, 1788

Charles III succeeded his heir-less half-brother, King Ferdinand VI, to the throne of Spain. Apart from rejuvenating the areas of scientific research and agriculture, Charles also reduced the powers of the Church. He was also known for his signature Bourbon nose, his cynicism, and his sharp tongue.

 6 Philip III of Spain

Philip III of Spain
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Famous As: King of Spain (1598-1621)
Birthdate: April 14, 1578
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: March 31, 1621

Philip III of Spain was the king of Spain from 1598 to 1621. He also reigned over Portugal, Naples, Sicily, and Sardinia as Philip II. He was the son of Philip II of Spain and Anna of Austria. He was believed to be a weak man, who relied too much on his corrupt chief minister, the Duke of Lerma.

 7 Juan Carlos I

Juan Carlos I
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Famous As: King of Spain (1975-2014)
Birthdate: January 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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 8 Ferdinand VII of Spain

Ferdinand VII of Spain
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Famous As: King of Spain
Birthdate: October 14, 1784
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
Died: September 29, 1833

Ferdinand VII of Spain reigned as the king of Spain during the 19th century. Widely regarded as despotic and incompetent, Ferdinand is often criticized by historians and scholars for having failed to disallow the disintegration of the Spanish territories in the Americas. Thus, he is often blamed for the termination of the Spanish rule in the Americas.

 9 Alfonso XIII of Spain

Alfonso XIII of Spain
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Famous As: King of Spain
Birthdate: May 17, 1886
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: February 28, 1941

Alfonso XIII began ruling as the king of Spain under the regency of his mother, María Cristina. His strategy of rotating governments led to 33 governments in 21 years. Known as El Africano for his support to those who wished to colonialize African countries, he eventually had to leave Spain.

 10 Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor

Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor
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Famous As: Holy Roman Emperor (1556-1564)
Birthdate: March 10, 1503
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Alcala de Henares, Spain
Died: July 25, 1564
“Let justice be done, though the world perish” was the motto that Roman Emperor Ferdinand I abided by. His reign was known for his clashes with the Ottomans. His Peace of Augsburg ended religious issues in Germany. An art connoisseur, he invited many architects and humanists to his kingdom.

 11 Ferdinand III of Castile

Ferdinand III of Castile
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: August 5, 1199
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zamora
Died: May 30, 1252

 12 Túpac Amaru

Túpac Amaru
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1545 AD
Birthplace: Peru
Died: September 24, 1572

 13 Magnus Maximus

Magnus Maximus
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Famous As: Roman Emperor
Birthdate: 0335 AD
Birthplace: Hispania
Died: August 28, 0388

 14 Ferdinand VI of Spain

Ferdinand VI of Spain
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: September 23, 1713
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: August 10, 1759

 15 Alfonso VI of León and Castile

Alfonso VI of León and Castile
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: November 30, 1042
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Died: July 1, 1109

 16 Muhammad XII of Granada

Muhammad XII of Granada
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Famous As: Naṣrid ruler
Birthdate: 1460 AD
Birthplace: Alhambra, Granada, Spain
Died: 1533 AD

 17 Peter of Castile

Peter of Castile
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Famous As: King of Castile and León (1350-1366)
Birthdate: August 30, 1334
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Burgos, Spain
Died: March 23, 1369

Peter of Castile was the king of Castile and León from 1350 to 1369. He was the son of  Alfonso XI of Castile and Maria of Portugal and a member of the main branch of the House of Ivrea. He began his reign when he was almost 16 years old and became notorious as a vicious and cruel ruler. 

 18 Infante Jaime, Duke of Segovia

Infante Jaime, Duke of Segovia
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: June 23, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Real Sitio de San Ildefonso, Spain
Died: March 20, 1975

 19 Henry IV of Castile

Henry IV of Castile
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: January 5, 1425
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Valladolid, Spain
Died: December 11, 1474

 20 James I of Aragon

James I of Aragon
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: February 2, 1208
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montpellier, France
Died: July 27, 1276

 21 Pelayo of Asturias

Pelayo of Asturias
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0685 AD
Birthplace: Cosgaya
Died: 0737 AD

 22 Louis of Spain

Louis of Spain
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: August 25, 1707
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buen Retiro Palace, Spain
Died: August 31, 1724

 23 Isabella Clara Eugenia

Isabella Clara Eugenia
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Famous As: Sovereign
Birthdate: August 12, 1566
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palacio de Valsaín, Segovia, Spain
Died: December 1, 1633

 24 John II of Castile

John II of Castile
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: March 6, 1405
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toro, Spain
Died: July 20, 1454

 25 Alfonso XII of Spain

Alfonso XII of Spain
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: November 28, 1857
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madrid
Died: November 25, 1885

 26 Abd al-Rahman I

Abd al-Rahman I
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 0731 AD
Birthplace: Palmyra, Syria
Died: August 31, 0788

 27 Alfonso V of Aragon

Alfonso V of Aragon
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1396 AD
Birthplace: Medina del Campo
Died: June 27, 1458

 28 Alfonso XI of Castile

Alfonso XI of Castile
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: August 13, 1311
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salamanca, Spain
Died: March 26, 1350

 29 Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou

Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou
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Famous As: Member of the Royal House of Bourbon
Birthdate: April 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou is a member of the Bourbons, a Spanish royal family, which formerly ruled many countries, including France. A direct descendant of Louis XIV of France, Louis Alphonse is a pretender to the French throne. However, the rival pretenders argue that Louis is ineligible for the throne as he is a Spanish citizen. 

 30 Alfonso VII of Leon and Castile

Alfonso VII of Leon and Castile
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: March 1, 1105
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caldas de Reis, Spain
Died: August 21, 1157

 31 Ferdinand I of Aragon

Ferdinand I of Aragon
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: November 27, 1380
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Medina del Campo, Spain
Died: April 2, 1416

 32 Alfonso VIII of Castile

Alfonso VIII of Castile
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: November 11, 1155
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Soria, Spain
Died: October 5, 1214

 33 John I of Castile

John I of Castile
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: August 24, 1358
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Épila, Spain
Died: October 9, 1390

 34 Muhammad I of Granada

Muhammad I of Granada
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 1195 AD
Birthplace: Arjona, Spain
Died: January 22, 1273

 35 Ferdinand I of León

Ferdinand I of León
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1015 AD
Died: December 24, 1065

 36 Henry III of Castile

Henry III of Castile
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Famous As: Monarch
Birthdate: October 4, 1379
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burgos
Died: December 25, 1406

 37 Alfonso IX of León

Alfonso IX of León
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: August 15, 1171
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zamora, Spain
Died: September 23, 1230

 38 Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, 19th Duke of Alba

Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, 19th Duke of Alba
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Famous As: Head of the House of Alba, one of the most prominent families of the Spanish nobility
Birthdate: October 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 39 Peter III of Aragon

Peter III of Aragon
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1239 AD
Birthplace: Valencia
Died: November 11, 1285

 40 Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía

Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía
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Famous As: Jesuits
Birthdate: October 28, 1510
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Duchy of Gandía, Kingdom of Valencia, Spain
Died: September 30, 1572

 41 Henry II of Navarre

Henry II of Navarre
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: April 18, 1503
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sangüesa, Spain
Died: May 25, 1555

 42 James II of Aragon

James II of Aragon
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: April 10, 1267
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
Died: November 2, 1327

 43 Ferdinand IV of Castile

Ferdinand IV of Castile
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: December 6, 1285
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seville, Spain
Died: September 7, 1312

 44 Peter IV of Aragon

Peter IV of Aragon
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: September 5, 1319
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Balaguer, Spain
Died: January 6, 1387

 45 Sancho IV of Castile

Sancho IV of Castile
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: May 12, 1258
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Valladolid, Spain
Died: April 25, 1295

 46 John II of Aragon

John II of Aragon
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: June 29, 1398
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Medina del Campo
Died: January 20, 1479

 47 Martin of Aragon

Martin of Aragon
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: July 29, 1356
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Girona, Spain
Died: May 31, 1410

 48 Charles II, Duke of Parma

Charles II, Duke of Parma
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: December 22, 1799
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: April 16, 1883

 49 Roderic

Roderic
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Famous As: King of Visigoths
Birthdate: 0688 AD
Birthplace: Córdoba, Spain
Died: July 19, 0711

 50 Alfonso III of León

Alfonso III of León
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0848 AD
Birthplace: Oviedo
Died: December 20, 0910