Princess Leonor’s Flag Swearing-in Ceremony: A Proud Moment for Spain’s Royal Family

Princess Leonor’s Flag Swearing-in Ceremony: A Proud Moment for Spain’s Royal Family

In a significant event, Queen Letizia and King Felipe of Spain stood with pride as they witnessed their 17-year-old daughter, Princess Leonor, participate in her flag swearing-in ceremony.

Princess Leonor, the heir to the Spanish throne and holder of the title Princess of Asturias, looked resplendent in her military uniform, standing in formation alongside her fellow cadets.

A Regal Ceremony in Zaragoza

The ceremony took place at the Military Academy of Zaragoza and was presided over by King Felipe, who, at 55, wore his military uniform for the occasion.

Queen Letizia, aged 51, opted for a sleeveless blue and black polka dot dress with drop hem detailing and a cinched waist, adding an elegant touch to the proceedings.

A Symbolic Oath of Allegiance

In line with tradition, Princess Leonor kissed the Spanish flag after taking the solemn oath of allegiance to her King.

The ceremony was accompanied by the playing of the Spanish anthem, and King Felipe reviewed the troops, walking before his daughter.

This moment marked an important step in Princess Leonor’s journey towards her royal responsibilities.

Dedication and Preparation

In preparation for this significant event, Princess Leonor had dedicated herself to rigorous training, spending four hours a day rehearsing throughout the week, as reported by local media.

Her commitment to her military training demonstrated her determination and enthusiasm for her future role.

Notable Absence and Unique Education

However, her sister, Infanta Sofía of Spain, aged 16, was notably absent from the event due to her studies at the UWC Atlantic College in the Vale of Glamorgan, often referred to as ‘Hippie Hogwarts’ for its progressive educational approach and picturesque castle setting.

In contrast, Leonor’s General Military Academy of Zaragoza follows a strict timetable during the week, allowing her to return home on weekends when she’s not on manoeuvres.

A Future in the Military

Princess Leonor’s military journey does not end here.

After her training at the General Military Academy in Zaragoza, Spain’s equivalent to Sandhurst, she will attend naval school and complete three years at the General Air Academy.

Her commitment to serving her country was evident as she expressed her excitement and determination at the Princesa de Girona Foundation award ceremony in Catalonia on July 5, stating, “I am happy because I know how much the Spanish value our armed forces… it is an important moment in my life, and I feel very excited and determined to continue learning and giving my best effort.”

Princess Leonor’s dedication and sense of duty bode well for her future as a member of Spain’s royal family.

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