If a princess such as Leonor, Princess of Asturias succeeds to the Spanish throne, would the name of the Copa del Rey change to become the Copa de la Reina?

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The Copa del Rey was originally named in honour of Alfonso XIII, and is now a generic king's cup.

The Copa de la Reina is the cup awarded for the corresponding women's competition. There does not appear to be a naming honour for this particular cup, and it appears to be a generic queen's cup, named for symmetry reasons.

  • did not know that the Copa del Rey name was in honor of Alfonso XIII. Makes sense. Is there a specific queen that the Copa de la Reina is named after or is it just that? Feb 4, 2018 at 18:19
  • For Copa d. Rey it was originally Alfonso, went through a number of changes based on who was the boss at any given time, and back to a generic "king's cup" as now. It seems like the naming was based on symmetry, since there are Copa d. l. Reina for a number of sports. The might be a nominative honouring to Sofia (queen to Juan Carlos I) because she happened to be queen at the time, but it seems more like it's a generic "queen's cup" than belonging to any specific queen.
    – Nij
    Feb 4, 2018 at 18:42

It depends.

The official name of the competition, according to the Royal Spanish Federation of Football (RFEF)'s regulations [PDF], is "Campeonato de España", with a trailing "Copa de S.M. el Rey" for the male competition and "Copa de S.M. la Reina" for the female competition. And an additional "de Fútbol Sala" for the corresponding indoor football competitions.

In the past, the cup has received several different trailing names, depending on the current political system and Head of State:

  • Copa de Su Majestad el Rey (1903-1930).
  • Copa de Su Excelencia el Presidente de la República (1931-1936).
  • Torneo Nacional de Fútbol (1939).
  • Copa de Su Excelencia el Generalísimo (1940-1976).
  • Copa de Su Majestad el Rey (1976-).

However, the RFEF is a private organization, and AFAIK it gets to choose the name of the competitions it hosts.

So, in the event of Spain switching from a king to a queen (or something else), a number of possibilities open:

  • Mixed-gender teams are a thing by then, and so the distinction "Rey = male cup, Reina = female cup" is not in place anymore.
    • The RFEF decides that the name "Copa del Rey" has been in use for too long for a change to be well received: the name is not changed.
    • The RFEF decides that the name "Copa de la Reina" makes more sense: the name is changed.
    • The RFEF decides the topic is way too controversial to take a stance: the name is dropped.
  • Male and female competitions are still held separately, and Rey / Reina are still used to differentiate them:
    • The RFEF decides that the competition should be named against the Head of State, i.e. the Queen now: the names are changed, using Reina for the male cup and Rey for the female cup.
    • The RFEF decides that the female competition deserves the additional attention given by being the main cup: the name is not changed.
    • The RFEF decides the topic is way too controversial to take a stance: the name is dropped.
  • The "democratic monarchy" system is not in place anymore (out of your scope, but still a possibility):
    • The RFEF decides to keep "Copa del Rey" either out of tradition or to make a political statement: the name is not changed.
    • The RFEF decides to go with the ages: the name is changed, probably to "Copa de la Presidencia" or the like, or just completely dropped in favor of plain old "Campeonato de España".

As I said, it depends.

My personal opinion is that, by the time Leonor could be crowned, this would be a non-issue.


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