As we move closer to Christmas, royals have begun to release their annual Christmas cards. On 10 December, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall released their Christmas card exclusively on Twitter and Instagram. Now the Spanish royals have followed suit.
Yesterday, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain released their annual Christmas card. Likewise, King Felipe’s parents, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía, released theirs, as well.
This year’s card for King Felipe and Queen Letizia features their family of four. Leonor, Princess of Asturias, 11, sits in between her parents, while her younger sister, nine-year-old Infanta Sofía, sits on her mother’s leg. The photo was taken in November at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid.
“Christmas greeting of Their Majesties, the King and Queen. Photograph of Their Majesties the King and Queen, Her Royal Highness the Princess of Asturias and Her Royal Highness the Infanta Doña Sofía,” said the Spanish Monarchy when the image was released yesterday afternoon.
The card features a Christmas and New Year greeting in both English and Spanish saying first in Spanish, “Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo 2017,” on the top line. The bottom message was in English saying, “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017.” The card includes the signatures of all four at the bottom.
The King and Queen usually release a photo of their family of four every other year. For the other years, their Christmas card usually just features their young daughters.
A pre-recorded Christmas message to the Spanish people from King Felipe will be broadcast on Christmas Eve.
This year’s card from Spain’s former monarchs, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía chose an artistic card featuring the Nativity scene through the painting the Adoration of the Shepherds by Juan Martínez Montañés.
The year 2017 was written in beside the message, in Spanish, “Felices Pascuas y Año Nuevo.” The former King and Queen’s signatures feature at the bottom.