Princesses Leonor and Sofia of Spain are braided beauties in Christmas card

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.


Princess Leonor, 10, and Princess Sofia, 8, star on the royals' Christmas card.

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."


"Every day we have reason to find hope and peace in our hearts," the message reads.

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.

Last year the royals had two photos on their card – both taken in June 2014 when Felipe and Letizia became king and queen after the abdication of Felipe's father, King Juan Carlos.

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.

Grandparents King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia also released a Christmas card.

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.

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