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Princess Leonor makes solo visit to Red Cross as she returns home for the holidays

Princess Leonor didn’t waste any time throwing herself back into her ever-growing agenda once she returned home for the Christmas holidays. The heir to the Spanish throne visited the headquarters of the Spanish Red Cross to learn more about their volunteer programmes. 

Her Royal Highness arrived at the Central Offices of the Spanish Red Cross in Madrid on the afternoon of Thursday, 15th December and was welcomed by the President of the organisation. 

Once inside, her first stop was a conference room, where she listened to a presentation of the operations that are currently in play. She then moved on to the Network Room and the Operations Centre, as well as a specific project called “Listening to you” (“Te Escucha”), which offers support via a dedicated phone line, and also monitors social media and other digital channels for dangerous materials. 

The Princess and her sister had already attended a conference on this theme in the summer in connection with the Princess of Girona Awards, signalling that this might be a cause that she will throw her support behind in the future. 

It was then time for Princess Leonor to meet with the young volunteers offering their time to be trained to help. With them, she took part in a conversation about activities and projects that are currently being carried out by the Red Cross, as well as some that are still being elaborated for the future. 

Before making her way home, Her Royal Highness was gifted a signed copy of The Fundamental Principles (a book of poems about the organisation) and a volunteer’s vest from the hands of the President of the Spanish Red Cross. 

This isn’t Princess Leonor’s first solo engagement, which happened in March 2021 when she celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Cervantes Institute. The heir to the throne has been slowly increasing her official agenda while also being a full-time student of UWC Atlantic, an international institute in Wales, from which she is expected to graduate in June of 2023.