King Felipe, Queen Letizia, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia all attended Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in London this month.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia paid their respects to the late queen while she was laying in state. All four attended a reception for funeral guests and sat together during the funeral services.
The funeral was the first time all four top Spanish royals were seen together in public in years, especially after King Juan Carlos left the country for an exile in the Middle East following investigations of fiscal impropriety.
Princess Leonor, heir to the Spanish throne, and her sister, Infanta Sofia, have taken an increasingly public role as they prepare to be active members of the Spanish Royal Family.
The Princess of Asturias, 16, and the infanta, 15, have been making more official appearances with their parents — King Felipe and Queen Letizia. But they have also been spending more time in public alone.
The sisters, for example, attended a women’s soccer tournament in Denmark last month.
Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia were with their parents in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela to make an offering to St. James the Great.
King Felipe went through a similar process during his time as Prince of Asturias in preparation for his public duties.
Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia visited the Catalan region of Girona this weekend ahead of the Princess of Girona Foundation awards yesterday.
Princess Leonor, as heir to the Spanish throne, is princess of Asturias and also Girona. Her sister, Infanta Sofia, joined her for a tour of the Dali Museum and to meet area residents.
The visit was notable because it was part of preparing the princess and the infanta for solo events. Also, Girona is known for being skeptical of the monarchy.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia joined their daughter for other events associated with the awards, including meetings at the Albeniz Palace in Barcelona. The awards ceremony itself was also in Barcelona.
The prince or princess of Girona was the title held by the heir to the Aragonese throne. The prince or princess of Asturias title belonged to the heir to the Castillian throne. The two kingdoms fused hundreds of years ago. That’s why Princess Leonor holds both titles, among others.