Princesses Take Increasingly Active Public Role

Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia, King Felipe and Queen Letizia’s daughters, are increasingly taking an active public role for the Royal Household.

King Felipe with Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia, and Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

During Easter mass in Palma de Mallorca — a traditional stop for members of the Royal Family — the young Royal Highnesses appeared poised and confident when greeting the public.


Leonor, the Princess of Asturias and heir to the throne, is 11 and her sister Sofia is 9, so they still have some years before representing family country on their own.

When he was prince, Don Felipe swore allegiance to the Constitution when he came of age in 1986. His first speech was in 1981.

As King, he made his daughter Leonor a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece in preparation for her duties. The Royal Household has also been working on how to regulate her future activities.




King, Queen Look To Reinforce Japanese Relations

King Felipe and Queen Letizia recently returned from a roughly week-long state visit to Japan.

Among numerous meetings, Their Majesties shared a meal and other meetings with Emperor Akohito and Empress Michiko.

King Felipe wearing the collar of the Japanese Order of the Chrysanthemum. The Emperor wearing the collar of the Spanish Order of the Golden Fleece. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The King and Queen also, as is customary, met with Spaniards living and working in Japan.


The King worked to strengthen business ties between the two countries, meeting with business leaders on both sides.

The King and Queen, and the Emperor and Empress on a bullet train ride. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The Queen visited researchers specializing in rare diseases, one of the focuses of her young reign.

King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia Together Again

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, King Felipe’s parents, made two appearances together earlier this month.

They visited the famed Prado museum in Madrid for an exhibit of items from the Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library.


On the same week, Their Majesties visited the Reina Sofía museum — named after Queen Sofia — for an exhibit marking the institution being able to display Pablo Picasso’s Guernica masterpiece.

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Separately, Queen Sofia presided over an awards ceremony of the Spanish Geographic Society.

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Members of the Spanish Royal Family and the extended king’s family were in Austria for the burial of Infanta Alicia Bourbon-Parma, King Juan Carlos’ aunt.