Princess Leonor’s parents beam with pride as she makes her first speech at age 13

By Meaghan Wray

Princess Leonor is all grown up and aren’t her parents proud! The Princess of Asturias made sure to ring in her 13 th birthday right with a powerful speech marking the 40 th anniversary of Spain’s Constitution. Standing by her side was her father, King Felipe VI, while proud mom Queen Letizia watched her eldest daughter address the crowd at the Cervantes Institute in Madrid alongside Leonor’s little sister, Infanta Sofia.

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Leonor and her father shared a sweet moment after her speech. Photo: © Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

Her father watched proudly as Leonor read the first of the 169 articles of Spain’s Carta Magna. Once the princess finished, her dad gave her a proud handshake and a kiss on the cheek for a job royally well done! The young woman is well on her way to walking confidently in the footsteps of Queen Letizia – and she’s really taking after her mom when it comes to style. Leonor looked sweet as ever in a pretty teal dress with a Peter Pan collar, pulling the outfit together with a pair of Mary Jane flats.

She made her mom proud! Photo: © OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP/Getty Images

Princess Leonor is first in line to the Spanish throne after her father, given that she is the eldest child of the current king and queen. Because Felipe and Letizia only have daughters, the country’s male-preference system – a similar system to the one Britain did away with in 2013 – doesn’t come into effect until they were to give birth to a boy.

Last year, when Leonor was 12 years old, she was awarded a very prestigious honour called the Order of the Golden Fleece – a symbolic step towards becoming the Queen of Spain. Her father handed off the award to her, saying: “I know it may seem like you have lots of challenges and responsibilities to face, all important and difficult, but know that you have the support of many people who want the best for Spain, for the crown and for you.”

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