Infanta Elena visits Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli

  March 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm by

2nd of March, 2012 – Madrid

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Carrying on a 300 year old tradition in the Spanish Royal Family, Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain paid a visit to the Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli in Madrid. The Roman Catholic Basilica houses the shrine of the statue of Padre Jesús Nazareno, which dates from the 1680s.

The Spanish Royal Family have a long history of devotion to this shrine and statue of Jesus Christ of Medina.

Infanta Elena was greeted by a large crowd of well wishers and the faithful and also by members of the Capuchin Order who look after the Basilica. During Mass, Her Royal Highness followed the tradition of kissing the feet of the statue of Christ.

Over the past number of years, various members of the extended Royal Family have taken turns to attend this very sacred event, which takes place on the first Friday in March every year. Last year, His Majesty The King was present, in 2010 HRH Infante Carlos, in 2009 HRH Infanta Elena, in 2008 HRH Infanta Margarita and in 2007 HRH Infanta Cristina.

You can read more on HRH Infanta Elena here.

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