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Princess Leonor of Spain, 15, attends first solo royal engagement at Madrid Cervantes Institute


Princess Leonor of Spain proved she has inherited her mother’s taste for sustainable fashion as she carried out her first engagement without her parents today 

The royal, 15, presided over the Cervantes Institute’s 30th anniversary in Madrid – marking her first working visit without her mother Queen Letizia, 48 and father King Felipe VI, 53. 

For the occasion, she recycled a dress by Spanish brand Poete which she first donned in October 2020 when attending the Princesa De Asturias’ Awards 2020,  alongside her parents and sister Princess Sofia, 13. 

The teen, who is set to study in Wales from September, looked poised and professional throughout the event. 

Princess Leonor of Spain, 15, attended her first solo engagement in Madrid today to mark the 30th anniversary of the Cervantes Institute

Spanish first Deputy Prime Minister, Carmen Calvo, and director of the Cervantes Institute, Luis Garcia Montero, waited to greet Leonor

Spanish first Deputy Prime Minister, Carmen Calvo, and director of the Cervantes Institute, Luis Garcia Montero, waited to greet Leonor

Princess Leonor cut a stylish figure in the white and black polka dot dress, which she coordinated with a pair of suede black heels.

Wearing a mask in keeping with coronavirus regulations, the young Princess arrived at the event in a chauffeured car and was greeted by waves from well-wishers who lined the streets to catch a glimpse of her. 

The royal wore her blonde locks in loose curls which cascaded past her shoulders, and opted for no jewellery.

She was welcomed by the Spanish first Deputy Prime Minister, Carmen Calvo, who donned a vibrant pink suit, and the director of the Cervantes Institute, Luis García Montero. 

Royal fans with balloons reading 'we love you very much, Leonor' and 'the future is Leonor' were impatiently waiting for the royal, pictured, to make an appearance

Royal fans with balloons reading ‘we love you very much, Leonor’ and ‘the future is Leonor’ were impatiently waiting for the royal, pictured, to make an appearance 

Leonor is the eldest child of King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia, pictured on May 27 2020 with her sister Princess Sofia, 13, right

Leonor is the eldest child of King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia, pictured on May 27 2020 with her sister Princess Sofia, 13, right

The trio quietly walked to the socially distanced event, where Leonor sat front row, presiding over her first official solo event. 

The Cervantes Institute is a public institution which was created in 1991 and aims to promote the Spanish language and Latin culture around the world. 

For 30 years, it has worked hard at encouraging the visibility of the Spanish language through classes and teaching programmes. 

The Institution counts offices in 90 cities – including London -, in 43 around the world, spanning six continents. 

Just like her mother Queen Letizia, 48, Leonor banked on a simple and classy look for her first solo engagement

Just like her mother Queen Letizia, 48, Leonor banked on a simple and classy look for her first solo engagement 

Leonor, who wore her blonde locks down and in loose curls, looked excited to attend her first solo engagement

Leonor, who wore her blonde locks down and in loose curls, looked excited to attend her first solo engagement

While Leonor’s face was hidden by a sanitary mask, her joy at taking charge of her first royal engagemnt was palpable.

Fans had come along to encourage her in her first solo duties, with some waving balloons really ‘we love you very much, Leonor.’

A banner hung on barriers keeping royal fans at a safe distance also read ‘the future is Leonor.’

It was announced in February that Leonor, who turns 16 in October, will study at the renowned UWC Atlantic College, based at the 12th century St Donat’s Castle in Wales, from September. 

The sun shone on the rising star of the Spanish Monarchy as 15-year-old Leonor made her way to the event

The sun shone on the rising star of the Spanish Monarchy as 15-year-old Leonor made her way to the event 

Carmen Calvo (pictured) opted for a vibrant pink trouser suit with a belted blazer for the occasion today

Carmen Calvo (pictured) opted for a vibrant pink trouser suit with a belted blazer for the occasion today

There, she will begin her two-year course at the boarding school this summer, where her parents will personally meet the cost of the £67,000 course.

The most recent royal alumna was Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, 19, the daughter of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, who enrolled in 2018 but had to cut her time at the college short due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and continued her studies online from home. 

The school, for students aged 16 to 19, says it seeks to ‘inspire changemakers’ who want to work for the common good.

Leonor waved at royal well-wishers who lined the streets to greet her during her first solo engagement

Leonor waved at royal well-wishers who lined the streets to greet her during her first solo engagement 

The Princess (pictured) is set to continue her education in Wales from September onward at the renown UWC Atlantic College

The Princess (pictured) is set to continue her education in Wales from September onward at the renown UWC Atlantic College

It looks for students who ‘can navigate the complexity of life and (reach) beyond easy answers’, the school’s website said.

The royal household statement noted the school’s ‘open and critical approach’. The school says it takes in students from around 150 countries.

Princess Leonor obtained admission to the school anonymously, taking several tests before being accepted, the royal household said.

The United World College Movement includes 18 schools around the world, the website said.

Carmen Calvo and Luis Garcia Montero (pictured) looked happy to accompany the young royal on her first solo engagement

Carmen Calvo and Luis Garcia Montero (pictured) looked happy to accompany the young royal on her first solo engagement 

Leonor, who already speaks five languages, has become her illustrious father ‘hand-right girl,’ taking to her royal duties with ‘enormous eagerness,’ according to Felipe. 

Having grown up in the spotlight since her father inherited the throne from King Juan Carlos in 2014, she’s learned to keep calm under pressure and has already adopted the polished style of her royal mother, Queen Letizia.   

Just like her father, who first spoke publicly as a young prince in 1981, she made her first public speech at just 13 at an event marking the 40th anniversary of the Spanish constitution in 2018.

Leonor will study a selection of subjects including core classes such as Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English Literature, Geography, History, Mathematics and Physics. 

She’ll also have a wide selection of optional courses to choose from, including Design Tech, Visual Arts, Film studies, Music and Global Politics among others.

Keen Linguist Leonor, who delivered an impressive four-language speech in 2019 at an event in Barcelona in 2019 in her second official outing, will also be able to study foreign languages and literature at leisure.

The College’s literary options range from English and French Literature to Czech, Russian, Tibetan, Swedish and Urdu Literature as well.  

A stay at the College of the Atlantic will also help Leonor make international friends and learn of different cultures, as per the institution’s motto of promoting ‘mutual understanding’ among their 350 pupils.    

Fellow attendees respectfully stood as they waited for the princess to take to her seat ahead of the event

Fellow attendees respectfully stood as they waited for the princess to take to her seat ahead of the event 

The Spanish royal looked relaxed as she sat front and centre of the event at the Cervantes Institute

The Spanish royal looked relaxed as she sat front and centre of the event at the Cervantes Institute

Dubbed the ‘Hippie Hogwarts,’ the boarding school counts The Queen and Queen Noor of Jordan as its current co-presidents and encourages international cooperation from students of all background. 

In 2018, The Times reported that pupils were discouraged from showcasing their wealth with expensive gadgets, and were as likely to rub shoulders with ‘refugees from west Africa’ and ‘California hippies.’ 

Founded in 1962 by German educationalist Kurt Hahn, he believed his approach to education, for pupils aged 16-19, could lead to a quicker resolution of international conflict, an ethos that is still carried by the establishment which aims to ‘promote mutual understanding’. 

It has also seen a growing list of international royals sitting on the benches of St Donat’s Castle over the years. 

King Willem-Alexander, the King of the Netherlands, studied at the College from 1983 to 1985 and graduated with an International Baccalaureate before undertaking his military service and moving on to study History at Leiden University from 1987 onwards. 

Princess Raiyah of Jordan, the daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and Queen Noor also attended her institution as a teen before studying Japanese as an undergraduate at The University of Edinburgh.   

King Felip VI also attended an international high school as a teen, though he went to the Lakefield College School in Canada rather than Wales. He then returned to Spain to study law at the Autonomous University of Madrid.  



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