New official commitment alongside parents for Leonor and Sofia of Spain, who at 15 and 14 are increasingly involved by their parents in the affairs of the monarchy. The latest outing was in Cartagena, for the baptism of the S-81 Isaac Peral submarine, the first of a series of four that will enter service in the coming years.
Uniform for the king, in gray Letizia, who lately does not like to be too conspicuous, and bon ton dresses for girls, new special guards from the Spanish press, which does not lose a change of look.
And as it happens more and more often, Leonor was also the most photographed this time, also because it was her turn to cut the ribbon. Accompanying her, on the stairs towards the military vehicle, her father, who appears extremely protective of the eldest daughter. Leonor, after all, is the heir to the throne, but neither Felipe nor Letizia have ever wanted to make her experience the weight of duties ahead of time.
Now that she has grown up, however, things are changing. On March 24, the princess participated in her first official engagement alone, on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the Instituto Cervantes in Madrid (where she did very well) and at the end of the summer she will move abroad to complete the high school. The destination? The United World College, in Wales, much loved by royals. The last to attend him was another future queen, Elisabeth of Belgium, while among the schoolmates in the two-year period 2021-2023 Leonor will have Alexia d’Olanda, second child of King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima.
The immediate future of her sister Sofia, on the other hand, will always be at Santa Maria de Los Rosales in Madrid, at least for another year, then it will be necessary to understand if the infant will decide to follow her sister in Wales or if she will opt for a different choice. What is certain is that too the greater freedom granted to her by being a second child in Spain is not that great.
If as an adult you want to continue to be part of the royal house, Sofia will only be able to carry out institutional duties, and not have a “normal” job, neither in the public nor in the private sector. Felipe established it when he became king. The judicial experiences of his brother-in-law and younger sister Cristina have taught him that there is no need to mix crown and economic interests of any kind.