92 royal words in Spanish for non-literal kings, queens & princesses

Even if you’re not a huge fan of kings, queens, and monarchies, you’d be smart to spend some time learning about royalty in Spanish.

If you’ve been learning Spanish for a while and following our free Spanish content, you may be wondering if this is too niche of a topic for our blogs. Of course, most of our blogs deal with bare essentials, like talking about the weather in Spanish and learning about drinks in Spanish. So, is royalty really essential?

Well, yes! If you want to converse naturally and fluently with native speakers, you’re going to need to use Spanish terms of endearment. You’ll quickly notice that many of these terms have some sort of connection to monarchies and royal families. After all, the Spanish Monarchy is part of the reason why Spanish is spoken in so many countries around the world.

You’ll notice that many terms of endearment include royal words like “princess” and “king.” And that’s not just limited to romantic or very close relationships–even casual friends can refer to each other as “king” in some circumstances. There’s even some fun Spanish slang that involves kings! But more on that later.

Besides being able to use more casual and thoughtful terms of endearment, learning royalty vocabulary in Spanish will help you:

  • Learn more about the deep history of the Spanish Monarchy on your next trip to Spain.
  • Visit Castillo de Chapultepec, the only royal palace in Latin America, in Mexico City.
  • Learn unrelated vocabulary that uses royal words, like “king size” or even “drag queen”!

So, even if you think calling someone your prince or princess is cheesy (we think it’s adorable but to each their own!), there are plenty of great reasons to learn about royalty in Spanish!

Castillo de Chapultepec is a historic hilltop castle with views of Mexico City houses the National Museum of History.

How do you say “royals” in Spanish

Even if we’ll never be royals, we should learn how to talk about them in Spanish. Before we delve into all the different characters that make up royal families and their entourage, let’s take a look at how to actually say royalty and monarchy in Spanish.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
RoyalsLos realesreˈalesreh-ah-les
RoyaltyLa realezareaˈlesareh-ah-leh-za
MonarchyLa monarquíamonaɾˈkiamo-nar-key-ah

How to say queen in Spanish

Most countries may have done away with monarchies by now, but the word “queen” has not lost its prevalence one bit. From queen-sized beds to the “queen of pop” (we’ll let you decide who that is!), there are countless ways the word queen makes its way into everyday speech.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
QueenLa reinaˈrei̯nareh-e-na
QueensLas reinasˈrei̯nasreh-e-nas

Other terms that use the word queen in Spanish

In Spanish, it’s also very common for couples to use mi reina (my queen) romantically. A bit cheesy? Maybe. Romantic? Most Spanish speakers would say yes! So, don’t be afraid to call your significant other mi reina if you’re trying to wow her. If you’d like to go above and beyond, check out our article on how to say I love you in Spanish for more ideas on how to flirt!

Call your significant other my queen in Spanish if you are trying to woo her.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
Queen-sizeTamaño queentaˈmaɲo ˈkeɛ̃nta-ma-nyoh queen
I love you, my queenTe amo, mi reinate ˈamo | mi ˈrei̯nateh ah-mo me reh-e-na
You are my queenEres mi reinaˈɛɾes̬ mi ˈrei̯naeh-res me reh-e-na
Drama queenUna dramáticaˈuna ðɾaˈmatikadra-ma-tee-kah
Drag queenUna dragaˈuna ˈðɾaɣadra-gah
Queen's counselConsejero de la reinakõnseˈxɛɾo ðe la ˈrei̯nacon-seh-heh-ro
Queen beeLa abeja reinala aˈβexa ˈrei̯naah-beh-hah reh-e-na
Queen of popLa reina del popla ˈrei̯na ðɛl ˈpopreh-e-na del pop
Queen motherLa reina madrela ˈrei̯na ˈmaðɾereh-e-na ma-dreh

Example sentences using the word queen in different contexts

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciationContext
The queen celebrated 50 years holding the throne.La reina celebró 50 años en el trono.la ˈrei̯na seleˈβɾo sĩnˈkwɛ̃nta ˈaɲos ɛn ɛl ˈtɾono ‖la ray-na seh-leh-bro seen-coo-ehn-ta ah-nyos ehn el tro-noThis is a very literal way to talk about how many years the queen has been in power.
You think you’re the queen of the house.Te crees la reina de la casa…te ˈkɾees̬ la ˈrei̯na ðe la ˈkasateh cress la ray-na deh la ca-saSnarky comment to tell someone that they’re not in control of the house.
You’re the queen of my heart.Eres la reina de mi corazón.ˈɛɾes̬ la ˈrei̯na ðe mi koɾaˈsõn ‖eh-res la ray-na deh me co-ra-zonHow romantic! No better way to tell a girl that your heart is hers.
My mom is the queen of my home.Mi mamá es la reina del hogar.mi maˈma ˈɛs̬ la ˈrei̯na ðɛl oˈɣaɾ ‖me ma-ma es la ray-na del oh-garThis statement is very true in Spanish-speaking households. When it comes to home, mom is queen!
The queen of tango.La reina del tango.la ˈrei̯na ðɛl ˈtãnɡo ‖ray-na del tan-goIn Spanish, you can say that someone is the queen of anything to imply that she is the best at it.
The Queen of the South.La Reina del Sur. la ˈrei̯na ðɛl ˈsuɾ ‖ray-na del soorThis is an extremely popular Spanish-language telenovela that involves drug cartels.

How to say king in Spanish

Even if kings aren’t as relevant today as they were a few centuries ago, it’s still important to learn about them and royal history. Knowing how to say king in Spanish will allow you to visit museums in Spanish-speaking countries and understand more about their rich histories!

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
KingEl reyˈrei̯ray
KingsLos reyesˈreʝesray-ehs

Mi rey vs. Mirrey in Spanish

If you’ve ever been to Mexico or have watched any Mexican TV shows, movies, or soap operas, you may have noticed that mi rey is used very often. However, there’s an important distinction between “mi rey” and “mirrey.”

The first (with a space) is an earnest term of endearment that you can use with friends, families, and even acquaintances if you have a big personality. However, the latter (without a space) is a phrase used to describe a certain type of person. One that typically abuses the use of “mi rey” to the point of annoyance.

In Mexico, “mirrey” is a slightly derogatory word used to describe a male who may or may not have money, but certainly tries hard to make everyone believe he does. These types of guys usually have a very particular accent and may or may not be rude and obnoxious. Though the mirrey scale goes from quirky yet harmless to wildly rude and unbearable, you never want to be called one!

Check out the following video for some clear examples of what mirreyes are like.

¿Qué es un mirrey?

Other terms that use the word king in Spanish

Even if the mere thought of kings and history could put you to sleep, you’ll want to learn how to say king in Spanish. You’ll be able to use plenty of words and phrases that include the word king, like “king of kings” and “king-size.” At the very least, you’ll be able to visit Burger King with more ease!

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
King-sizeTamaño kingtaˈmaɲo ˈkĩnɡta-ma-nyoh king
I love you my kingTe amo, mi reyte ˈamo | mi ˈrei̯teh ah-mo me rey
You are my kingEres mi reyˈɛɾes̬ mi ˈrei̯eh-res me rey
Long live the king!¡Que viva el rey!ˈke ˈβiβa ɛl ˈrei̯ ‖keh vee-va el ray
King crabEl king crabɛl ˈkĩnɡ ˈkɾaβking crab
King of kingsEl rey de reyesɛl ˈrei̯ ðe ˈreʝesrey deh rey-ehs
KingshipLa monarquíala monaɾˈkiamo-nar-key-ah
KingdomEl reinoɛl ˈrei̯noreh-e-no
KingpinEl perno realɛl ˈpɛɾno reˈalper-no reh-al

Fancy a tongue twister?

One of the most popular Spanish tongue twisters involves a very famous king: the king of Constantinople. If you’re an advanced Spanish learner or are simply up for a challenge, you should try saying the following tongue twister out loud!

EnglishSpanish
The king of Constantinople wants to de-Constantinopolize himself. Whoever can de-Constantinopolize him will be a good de-Constantinopolizer.El rey de Constantinopla se quiere desconstantinopolizar. El que logre desconstantinopolizarlo, buen desconstantinopolizador será.

If you’re having a hard time reading that out loud, check out the following YouTube video for an easy demonstration!

El rey de Constantinopla

How to say princess in Spanish

This is the section for all you hopeless romantics, and maybe those of you with children, nieces, or younger cousins. Calling a girl a princess can either be very romantic or super sweet, depending on who you’re using it with. Just make sure not to call a stranger a princess, as that would certainly be a tacky way to break the ice!

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
PrincessLa princesapɾĩnˈsesapreen-seh-sa
PrincessesLas princesaspɾĩnˈsesaspreen-seh-sas

Other terms that use the word princess in Spanish

If you’re looking for more romantic phrases to call your significant other, we’ve got you. There are also many phrases and terms that include the word princess, so we’ve included some of those as well. No matter the case, there are plenty of reasons to learn princess in Spanish!

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
I love you my princessTe amo, mi princesate ˈamo | mi pɾĩnˈsesateh ah-mo me preen-seh-sa
My princessMi princesami pɾĩnˈsesame preen-seh-sa
Princess and the frogLa princesa y el sapola pɾĩnˈsesa j ɛl ˈsapopreen-seh-sa e el sah-po
Good morning princessBuenos días, princesaˈbwenos̬ ˈðias | pɾĩnˈsesaboo-eh-nos dee-as preen-seh-sa
The princess brideLa novia princesala ˈnoβja pɾĩnˈsesano-vee-ah preen-seh-sa
Princess and the PeaLa princesa y el guisantela pɾĩnˈsesa j ɛl ɣiˈsãntepreen-seh-sa e el gee-san-teh
Crown princessLa princesa herederala pɾĩnˈsesa ɛɾeˈðɛɾapreen-seh-sa eh-reh-deh-ra

How to say prince in Spanish

If you’ve got many kids, nephews or young relatives in your life, you’ll want to learn how to call them “prince” in Spanish. As you already know, Spanish speakers tend to be very warm and use many different words of affection to refer to their loved ones.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
PrinceEl príncipeˈpɾĩnsipepreen-see-pehs
PrincesLos príncipesˈpɾĩnsipespreen-see-pehs

Other terms that use the word prince in Spanish

Many other phrases and sayings include the word prince in Spanish. One of the most famous books in the world also revolves around a prince: Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince. In Spanish, the book is simply called El Principito, as the -ito suffix changes the meaning from prince to little prince!

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
I love you my princeTe amo, mi príncipete ˈamo | mi ˈpɾĩnsipeteh ah-mo me preen-see-peh
My princeMi princesami pɾĩnˈsesame preen-seh-sa
The Little PrinceEl Principitoɛl pɾĩnsiˈpitoel preen-see-pee-toe
Prince charmingEl príncipe azulˈpɾĩnsipe aˈsulel preen-see-peh ah-zool
Crown princeEl príncipe herederoɛl ˈpɾĩnsipɛ ɛɾeˈðɛɾopreen-see-peh eh-reh-deh-ro
Prince of darknessEl príncipe de las tinieblasɛl ˈpɾĩnsipe ðe las tiˈnjeβlaspreen-see-peh deh las tee-nee-eh-blas

Other important monarchy related vocab in Spanish

Although the queen, the king, the princess, and the prince are the most important members of the royal families, there are plenty of other supporting characters that tend to come up whenever we talk about royalty. Here are some of the most important monarchy-related words in Spanish.

Knight in Spanish.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
To reignReinarrei̯ˈnaɾreh-e-nar
The crownLa coronakoˈɾonaco-ro-na
King and queenEl rey y la reinaɛl ˈrei̯ i la ˈrei̯nael ray e la reh-e-na
SovereignEl soberanosoβɛˈɾanoso-beh-ra-no
DuchessLa duquesaðuˈkesadoo-keh-sa
NobilityLa noblezanoˈβlesano-bleh-za
NoblesLos noblesˈnoβlesnoh-bles
ArchdukeEl archiduqueaɾʧiˈðukear-chee-doo-keh
Her majestySu majestadmaxɛsˈtaðmah-hehs-ta
His majestySu majestadmaxɛsˈtaðmah-hehs-tad
AristocracyLa aristocraciaaɾistoˈkɾasjaah-rees-toe-cra-see-ah
The royal familyLa familia realfaˈmilja reˈalfa-me-le-ah reh-al
KnighthoodEl título de caballeroˈtitulo ðe kaβaˈʝɛɾotee-too-lo deh ca-ba-yeh-ro
The throneEl tronoˈtɾonotro-no
DukeEl duqueˈdukedoo-keh
MaidenLa doncelladõnˈseʝadon-seh-ya
EmperorEl emperadorɛ̃mpɛɾaˈðoɾehm-peh-ra-door
MonarchEl monarcamoˈnaɾkamo-nar-ca
ViceroyEl virreyβiˈrei̯ve-ray
AllegianceLa lealtadlealˈtaðleh-al-tad
CastleEl castillokasˈtiʝocas-tee-yo
CeremonyLa ceremoniasɛɾeˈmonjaseh-reh-mo-nee-ah
CoronationLa coronaciónkoɾonaˈsjõnco-ro-na-see-on
CountEl condeˈkõndecon-deh
CountessLa condesakõnˈdesacon-deh-sah
CzarEl zarˈsaɾsar
DynastyLa dinastíaðinasˈtiadee-nas-tee-ah
EmpireEl imperioĩmˈpɛɾjoeem-peh-ree-oh
GenealogyLa genealogíaxenealoˈxiaheh-neh-ah-lo-he-ah
GuardsLos guardiasˈɣwaɾðjasgoo-are-dee-as
HeirEl herederoɛɾeˈðɛɾoeh-reh-deh-ro
HierarchyLa jerarquíaxɛɾaɾˈkiaheh-rar-key-ah
ImperialImperialĩmpɛˈɾjaleem-peh-ree-al
InheritanceLa herenciaɛˈɾɛ̃nsjaeh-rehn-see-ah
JewelsLas joyasˈxoʝasho-yas
LadyLa damaˈðamada-ma
LineageEl linajeliˈnaxelee-na-heh
MajesticMajestuosomaxɛsˈtwosoma-hes-too-oh-so
OpulenceLa opulenciaopuˈlɛ̃nsjaoh-poo-lehn-see-ah
PalaceEl palaciopaˈlasjopa-la-see-oh
PrestigeEl prestigiopɾɛsˈtixjopres-tee-he-oh
To pledge allegianceJurar lealtadxuˈɾaɾ lealˈtaðwho-rar leh-al-tad
RealmEl reinoˈrei̯noreh-e-no
RegalRegioˈrexjoreh-he-oh
RegentUn regentereˈxɛ̃ntereh-hen-teh
ShahEl Sahˈsasa
SubjectsLos sujetossuˈxɛtossoo-heh-tos
SuccessorEl sucesorsuseˈsoɾsoo-seh-sor
TitleEl títuloˈtitulotee-too-lo
TraditionLa tradicióntɾaðiˈsjõntra-dee-see-ohn

Deck of cards in Spanish

If you enjoy playing sports and games like Poker or Texas Hold’em, you surely use royal vocabulary. Here are some of the most important words you’ll need to know if you want to play card games in Spanish with your friends!

Deck of cards in Spanish.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
AceAsˈasas
KingReyˈrei̯ray
QueenReinaˈrei̯naray-na
JackJotaˈxotaho-ta
JokerJóquerˈxokɛɾho-ker
ClubsTrébolˈtɾeβoltreh-bol
SpadesEspadasɛsˈpaðasehs-pa-das
DiamondsDiamantesdjaˈmãntesdee-ah-man-tes
HeartsCorazoneskoɾaˈsonesco-ra-zo-nes

Royalty in Spain and across Latin America

If you come from the United States or another English-speaking country, you’re probably familiar with the British Crown. But what about the Spanish Crown?

Both Spain and the United Kingdom are constitutional monarchies, meaning that they have a monarch as a symbolic head of state while also having a constitution and democratically-elected legislators.

They also embarked on large-scale colonization in previous centuries, getting their respective languages and customs in places far away from the throne. Let’s take a brief look at how the Spanish Crown was different in Latin America.

Spanish Viceroyalties in Latin America

As opposed to the British Crown, the Spanish Crown established viceroyalties in its new territories. In essence, a viceroy is somewhat of a “deputy king,” with full power to rule over its designated territories in the best interest of the Crown.

The Viceroyalty of New Spain

The Viceroyalty of New Spain was set up in modern-day Mexico City. This viceroyalty was in control of a very significant portion of Spain’s territories, from Central America through much of the modern-day United States all the way to the Philippines.

This period lasted for three centuries, dating from 1521 through 1821, when Mexico successfully became independent from Spain.

The Viceroyalty of Peru

The viceroyalty of Peru, on the other hand, was in charge of much of South America. With the exception of the territories controlled by Portugal, most of the affairs of the South American continent were dictated in Lima, Peru.

This period lasted from 1521 through 1824, being the last viceroy of Spain.

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