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Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia take lead on royal engagement

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

The heir to the throne of Spain and her sister have been out and about in Mallorca for the second time in two days for an engagement focused on young poeple.

Princess Leonor, 14, and Infanta Sofia, 13, visited the Naum Socioeducative Centre run by the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul on August 11th 2020 with their parents but it was the younger royals who took the lead on this visit.

King Felipe, Princess Leonor, Infanta Sofia
Casa de S.M. el Rey

Leonor and Sofia talked and listened as some of the young people supported by the organisation spoke about their experiences. The centre, in Son Roca in Palma de Mallorca, works to help those in vulnerable situations, aiming to eradicate the barriers caused by social exclusion.

On their arrival at the centre, the royals were given an overview of the centre and its work by management. King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Leonor and Sofia joined an open meeting in which the methodology and the focus of the organisation were discussed.

They then toured some of the classrooms and workshops where support and training is given to meet those using the centre. It was here that the princess and the infanta took the lead, with Leonor and Sofia chatting happily and asking questions as they found out about the impact the organisation has had.

Earlier, the royals had been greeted by wellwishers as they arrived at the centre. A small group waving Spanish flags gathered near the entrance while others took to nearby balconies to catch a glimpse of the visitors.

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

Sofia was still using a crutch after an accident at the Marivent Palace on Sunday left her needing stitches in her knee.

Leonor and Sofia had carried out another public engagement just over twelve hours earlier when they made an evening visit to Petra in Mallorca to see the birthplace of the 18th century Franciscan monk, Junipero Serra, and a museum dedicated to his work.

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