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Spanish royals hold annual summer photo session

Members of the Spanish Royal Family have held their annual summer photo session in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. King Felipe and Queen Letizia posed for the press alongside their two daughters, Leonor, Princess of Asturias (12) and Infanta Sofía (11) at the Royal Palace of Almudaina Palace on Sunday, 29 July instead of the traditional Marivent Palace.
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Palma de Mallorca is the traditional location of Their Majesties and Their Royal Highnesses summer holiday. Leonor and Sofía just returned to Spain from a month-long summer camp in the United States just in time for the photocall. The daughters of Their Majesties had never before been to the Royal Palace of Almudaina Palace.
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The royals also took time to greet the media and speak to them before their stay in Mallorca officially began. Future monarch Leonor, when questioned about her and Sofía’s trip to the United States, remarked to the press, “It has been fun. We have done a lot of sport, and we have met people from other countries.” They both explained how they were able to improve their English, as well, while they were across the Atlantic.

King Felipe also spoke to the journalists about how his father, King Juan Carlos is feeling following his hip surgery a few months ago saying that his father was “very annoyed.” He added, “He really wanted to come, but the doctors told him he should not move much. He looked forward to it, had practised and was eager to come.”

The Royal Palace of La Almudaina. By Antoni I. Alomar Canyelles – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The Royal Palace of La Almudaina is the official summer residence of His Majesty, and its current state is a modification of an Arabic fortress that was first constructed in the late 1200s. The castle’s construction began under the guidance of King Jaime II at the beginning of the 14th century. More information, including touring and ticketing information, can be found here.
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