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HRH Leonor to attend Princess of Asturias Awards for first time
By thinkSPAIN Team Sat, Jun 15, 2019
PRINCESS Leonor of Asturias will help present the awards named after her – Spain's national 'Nobel' prizes – for this first time this year at the October ceremony, just before she turns 14.
The heir to the throne, whose father is King Felipe VI, will have some of her earliest official Royal engagements either side of her birthday on October 31 – she will also present the Princess of Girona Foundation Awards in November this year in Barcelona.
Her parents, King Felipe and Queen Letizia, will be helping her, and her younger sister Sofía, who turned 12 in May, will also be making her Royal début at the Princess of Asturias Awards – what used to be the Prince of Asturias Awards before their dad became monarch in 2014, since they are always named after the first in line to the Crown.
Leonor (pictured left) has already premièred as a Royal in official engagements – her first was on September 8, 2018 in her eponymous region, Asturias, for the 300th anniversary of the Covadonga Basilica and the 150-year anniversary of the Altamira Caves' discovery.
She was also awarded the prestigious Golden Fleece on January 30 in a public ceremony on her father's 50th birthday in a symbolic gesture of the start of her 'career' as a Royal.
Felipe VI was also 13 when he made his first public appearance – he presented the Prince of Asturias Awards in Oviedo in 1981.
Leonor, who is just about to finish her second year of high school at the Santa María de los Rosales academy in Madrid, will become Queen of Spain if her father dies – or abdicates, as her grandfather King Juan Carlos I did in June 2014 – meaning she has been in training for the role since birth.
Among other skills and education, she will have to carry out compulsory military service, as she will automatically become the highest-ranking officer in the Armed Forces upon her appointment to the throne.
She will be required to speak several languages in readiness for her diplomatic position – including English, in which she and her sister Sofía are already said to be fluent.
Leonor's birth on October 31, 2005, when her parents were still Prince and Princess of Asturias, meant Spain's Constitution had to be amended so that, if she later had a baby brother, he would not leapfrog her to the throne.
In the end, she has only had one sister (pictured right), who was born in 2007.
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