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Spain

Princess Leonor to carry out first solo engagement


The heir to the Spanish throne, Princess Leonor, is to take on her first solo public duty at the age of fifteen.

The Princess of Asturias will present the copy of the Spanish Constitution that she read from during her first public speech to one of Spain’s most prestigious institutions a it marks a special moment in its history.

Leonor will visit the Cervantes Institute in Madrid on March 24th as part of events for its 30th anniversary. As well as the copy of the Constitution which she used during her debut address, on October 31st 2018, she will hand over the version of ‘Don Quixote’ by Cervantes which she and her sister, Infanta Sofia, read from in their video message at the start of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Both books will be placed in the ”Letters’ Vault” at the Institute, which contains works celebrating Spanish culture and heritage.

This solo engagement comes just a day before her parents, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, are due to travel to Andorra for their first State Visit since the start of the pandemic.

The start of the Princess of Asturias’ own royal agenda comes just months before she is set to travel to Wales where she will complete her secondary education at the UWC Atlantic College which already counts Belgium’s future queen, Princess Elisabeth, among its alumni. Also joining the college this autumn is Princess Alexia, second in line to the Dutch throne.

Leonor, who was born on October 31st 2005, has been heir to the throne of Spain since the accession of her father in June 2014.

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