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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.

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