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Infanta Sofía of Spain receives First Communion

Infanta Sofía, the second daughter of King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, received her First Communion in Madrid on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, just before noon, Infanta Sofía arrived with her sister, Leonor, Princess of Asturias, and parents at the church of Asunción de Nuestra Señora, in the neighbourhood of Aravaca, Madrid. The family posed for the cameras, waved and went on a little walkabout to say hello to the people who were there to see the Spanish Royal Family. When the reporters asked if Infanta Sofía was nervous, her sister, the Princess of Asturias, encouraged her to say yes.

The Infanta received the sacrament of the Eucharist (her First Communion) in a collective religious ceremony together with around twenty of her classmates of the Primary School of the Santa Maria de los Rosales. Just like her classmates, she was dressed in her school uniform which consisted of a navy blue jacket, a white shirt with tie and a grey skirt. Her sister Leonor also received her First Communion two years ago. The daughters of King Felipe and Queen Letizia are the first of the family to receive the sacrament together with their classmates and not in a special ceremony. The religious service was private, and reporters were not invited. Just like with the coronation of King Felipe, the Spanish Royal Family wanted to keep the celebration modest and simple.

Apart from Sofía’s parents and sister Leonor, her paternal grandparents, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía; her maternal grandparents, Jesus Ortiz and Paloma Rocasolano; her great-grandmother, María del Carmen Álvarez del Valle, Ana Togores (wife of her maternal grandfather); and her godfather, Prince Konstantin of Bulgaria attended, among others, the ceremony. After the religious ceremony, the family returned to the Zarzuela Palace to celebrate the occasion with a private lunch.

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