King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain have made two very special people the stars of their annual Christmas card: their daughters Princess Leonor, 10, and Princess Sofia, 8. In the festive shot, released on Monday (Dec. 7), the sisters happily share a hug. Leonor, who is first in line to the throne, wraps an affectionate arm around her little sister Sofia.
Taking inspiration from their stylish mum Letizia, who is partial to a braided updo, the blond sisters wear their hair in matching side braids and mirror each other's beaming smiles.
Inside the card, the two sisters have signed their names and titles – Leonor, Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofia of Spain – below their parents' signatures.
The message of the card, written in Spanish, reads, "Every day we have reason to find hope and peace in our hearts. We hope that the goodwill of Christmas will always light our way."
Instead of a traditional family photo, King Felipe and Queen Letizia have chosen to feature their daughters on the front of their card, perhaps to reflect the change that one day Leonor will be queen one day.
The first picture showed the family of four on the day of Felipe's coronation, while a second image showed the newly instated royal couple waving to adoring crowds from the palace balcony in Madrid.
This year, Felipe's parents, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, who retain their titles, chose a painting on their Christmas card.
The artwork by Italian maestro Bernardino Luini is entitled The Birth of Jesus and can be found at the Royal Monastery of the Incarnation, a convent in Madrid.