PRINCESS LEONOR OF SPAIN
The teen didn’t falter as she stepped up to the podium to give a speech to the entire country. Princess Leonor confidently read the first article of Spain’s constitutional document, smiling and making eye contact with the audience. It was her first royal speech, made in honour of the 40th anniversary of the Spanish constitution in November last year. The occasion was doubly special because it coincided with her 13th birthday.
This was the first of many addresses the youngster will make in her life. The eldest daughter of King Felipe VI (50) and Queen Letizia (46) will ascend the throne on her father’s death or abdication, which will make her Spain’s first queen since Isabella II, who reigned from 1833 to 1868.
Last year, in another major step towards her reign, she was granted the Order of the Golden Fleece, one of the country’s highest ranks of chivalry. “I know it may seem as if you have lots of responsibilities,” Felipe said before giving her the award. “But know that you have the support of many who want the best for Spain. Know that you have my trust.”
Despite the enormous responsibility on her shoulders, her parents are determined to give Leonor and her sister, Princess Sofía (11), as normal an upbringing as they can.
The royals are often snapped strolling the streets like any other family. And to expand their girls’ horizons they sent them to an American summer camp last year to mingle with youngsters from all over the
FAR LEFT: From left are Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor, King Felipe and Princess Sofía. LEFT: Felipe with Leonor when she made her first official royal speech at 13.