PALMA, Spain – The daughters of the Kings of Spain, Princesses Leonor and Sofia, began on Tuesday the first full day of their Summer school holidays at the Spanish tourist resort island of Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
The Princess of Asturias (Crown Princess, who is first in line to succeed the throne) Leonor de Borbon, 11, and her sister Princess Sofia, 10, arrived to the Balearic islands on Monday accompanied by Queen Leticia of Spain to join King Felipe VI, who arrived to Palma four days ago to give the finishing touches to this year’s Summer royal agenda.
However, it was the young Spanish Princess royals who undoubtedly stole the palatial limelight at the official photo-call heralding the traditional Spanish Royal holidays at Mallorca’s Marivent (“sea and wind” in the local Mallorca language) Palace.
The princesses, who are referred to as “Infantas” according to Royal tradition, posed unaccompanied during their first public act in the Spanish Balearic islands and bravely faced the pictorial press corps present for the occasion.
Both the Princess of Asturias and her little sister appeared at the photo shoot wearing Summer dresses, white for Leonor and bluish-grey for Sofia, treating all those present with big smiles although perhaps somewhat intimidated by the sheer number of photographers accredited.
During the photo session that lasted some five minutes, the king greeted the press by saying, “It is going to be very hot today!”
The Spanish Royal family chose Marivent’s main entrance for this year’s photo session after having selected garden benches last year.
It was the first time the kings and their daughters had been seen together since the First Holy Communion last May 17 of the Infanta Sophia in Madrid.