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Old 10-31-2017, 03:11 PM
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Wow a huge surprise!!! Leonor looks happy and red suits her like her mother. I wonder why they released a official picture on her 12th birthday. I thought birthday pictures were not their thing, since we have only pictures of Leonor's 1st birthday. I wonder why they choose to take one this time and ignore her 10th birthday?
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Old 10-31-2017, 03:19 PM
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Lovely photo - great to see that Leonor is getting more presence, she's 12 now. Maybe this is a start to include her in appropriate events.
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Old 10-31-2017, 03:21 PM
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The Spanish Royal family rarely discloses official photos. I was surprised with this new photo of Leonor. I hope this is the beginning of new official photos of the Spanish Royal family.
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Old 10-31-2017, 03:24 PM
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The Spanish Royal family rarely discloses official photos. I was surprised with this new photo of Leonor. I hope this is the beginning of new official photos of the Spanish Royal family.
There should be new photos in January when Felipe turns 50.
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Old 10-31-2017, 03:35 PM
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Not a lot going on from casareal of late so I guess they put the spare time to good use,nice to see a new photo being released.
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Old 10-31-2017, 03:48 PM
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amazing to get official pictures. i hope this becomes a trend and they release more and more official pictures at key anniversaries.
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Old 10-31-2017, 03:51 PM
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Lovely photo - great to see that Leonor is getting more presence, she's 12 now. Maybe this is a start to include her in appropriate events.

I hope so-she is the Princess of Asturias and heiress to the Throne. Estelle of Sweden of Elisabeth of Belgium got their starts as toddlers, so it's high time for Leo.

She is a very lovely child, not to mention quite smart... Next week's Paris Match reports that she is studying Chinese and French, is fluent in English and has started to learn Arabic.

Wow!
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Old 10-31-2017, 04:18 PM
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I really like this picture - it’s posed but not overly so and Leonor looks very cute and relaxed. I hope she’s enjoying her birthday!

As to the timing of the picture, not sure how it is in Spain but I kind of think of 12 or 13 as the end of childhood and the beginning of adolescence so maybe they thought it would be nice to have a photo to mark this new stage of life. I think there has also been growing commentary from at least some of the Spanish media regarding Leonor’s lack of visibility compared to her counterparts in other countries.

And, of course, the monarchy is entering an interesting period with regard to the situation in Catalonia and Spain in general. This picture, if nothing else, is a fairly simple way to help do what I think American politicians describe as consolidating their base.
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Old 10-31-2017, 11:16 PM
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12 is the last year before teenager, often a big age. Felipe is likely feeling the 'oh god I almost have a teenager' feeling just about now

She looks quite lovely. Nice new photo of her. Happy and relaxed
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I think Felipe started with events (such as PoA awards) at the age of 12.
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Spain's Casa Real has released the first official solo portrait of the young Princess to mark her 12th birthday, which she celebrated yesterday.

Princess Leonor of Spain poses for first solo portrait | Daily Mail Online
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Happy belated birthday to Leonor - I can't believe she's twelve already. I hope she had a lovely day.
I adore the new photo of her - she looks a lot like Letizia there IMO. I love the colour of her dress. Like others here I wasn't expecting to see any photos of Leonor for her birthday, so this was a really nice surprise.
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The Princess of Asturias and the Infanta Sofia, summer camp in the United States

The Princess of Asturias, twelve years old, and the Infanta Sofía, eleven, will spend the month of July together in the camp.

This is the first time that there is official evidence that the Princess and the Infanta travel alone abroad. So far, the two sisters had participated in summer camps in Spain.

The House of the King adds that the decision to send the girls to a summer camp in the United States is part of "the process of academic and personal formation" of the Princess and the Infanta.

https://www.abc.es/espana/casa-real/...8_noticia.html
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Thanks for sharing lula. It seems that Leonor and Sofia will be back just in time for the family holiday in Palma.
I think summer camp is a good idea for royal children whose parents are often on royal duties - it means that they won't be bored without their parents and they can meet children from different backgrounds and learn new things. Should be an interesting but worthy experience for the girls. I'm guessing they're fluent or near enough fluent in English if they're attending an American camp? I read once that they used to have an English nanny but I don't know how accurate that is.
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I also think it's an interesting experience. Is a good idea. Have other members of other royal families already participated in this type of activity?
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Old 07-04-2018, 02:15 AM
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I am sure both girls speak English on native level, they will have teachers/nannies/governesses etc and I think I read that Queen Sofia speaks English with them.
It's a good idea to send them to summer camp, certainly it will be a posh one where rich and influential people send their kids to (maybe the Obamas gave a suggestion or two) and the girls start making friendships that may last for life, and not too long in the future I am sure both girls will follow their father's footsteps and do a school year abroad before finishing school in Spain.
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Native level is a high standard and hard to congirm as I don't reme,ber hearing them speaking English. I assumd their English is good enough and will further improve by spending a month in the States.

Felipe probably still has American friends from his time at Georgetown, so maybe one of them recommended a camp. Seems more likely to me than depending on the Obamas.
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I find it hard to believe that they will be left alone at an American camp without a security detail. I just hope that security is not too disruptive to the point of spoiling their camp experience.
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I am sure they will have some staff with them, bodyguard, governess ...
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I wonder if the girls have already departed for the USA?
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