Spain’s future queen has sworn allegiance to the country’s constitution in an historic ceremony.
Princess Leonor took her solemn oath before the country’s parliament.
The ceremony took place on October 31st 2023, her 18th birthday. From this moment, she can reign by herself without a regency and can act as regent should her father, King Felipe VI, require that.
The princess was given a long standing ovation following her pledge which she made on the same copy of the Constitution as King Felipe had used when he came of age.
Following the ceremony, Princess Leonor was presented with medals from the Congress and the Senate before greeting parliamentarians.
The heir to the throne had arrived at the Cortes in a spectacular procession. She travelled in a vintage Rolls Royce, accompanied by her sister, Infanta Sofia.
Their parents, King Felipe and Queen Letizia, travelled ahead of them but all eyes were on Princess Leonor.
On arrival at the Cortes, Spain’s royal family stood for the national anthem before making their way to the chamber for the ceremony.
As Leonor came forward to take her oath, her parents beamed with pride.
As she was feted by parliamentarians, King Felipe appeared almost overcome with emotion and reached out to embrace his daughter.
The solemn ceremonies will be followed by private family celebrations later.