As we inch closer to Christmas, royals are releasing their Christmas cards and holiday greetings to the public. This week, Zarzuela Palace released the 2018 Christmas card of King Felipe, Queen Letizia, 13-year-old Princess Leonor, and 11-year-old Infanta Sofía.
This year’s card features the family relaxed on a hike in front of Lakes of Covadonga in Asturias on what was a significant day for Leonor, Princess of Asturias. The image is from Leonor’s first official visit to Asturias as the heir to the throne, which took place in early September of this year.
The then 12-year-old future Queen of Spain was joined by her parents, King Felipe and Queen Letizia and her younger sister, 11-year-old Infanta Sofía at events to mark the XIII Centenary of the Kingdom of Asturias and 100 years of Pico de Europe National Park. It was during the afternoon that the Royal Family took part in a hike, where the image was snapped.
The King, Queen, Princess and Infanta all signed the Christmas card, as usual, with a handwritten message by King Felipe included as well. The handwritten note says, “With great affection and our best wishes.”
Cards, with the King’s message, will be translated and also sent out in English to those who send them cards in English.
The card for former King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía, who both celebrated their 80th birthdays this year, was also revealed, and it is different than in previous year. This time, the couple featured on the card together – a change from the usual painting they use on their Christmas cards. Their card says simply, “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2019,” with both signatures on the bottom.