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Heiress to the Spanish throne Princess Leonor, 15, thrilled during her first public solo engagement

The heir to the Spanish throne today visited the Cervantes Institute in Madrid to celebrate its 30th anniversary. It is named after the famous Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote, and promotes the language of the country around the world.

The Spanish queen looked relaxed, despite wearing a face, as she quietly waved and exchanged courtesies with royal fans who gathered outside.

She wore a leopard print dress from the Spanish brand Poète and black kitten heels and was then led into her first event without the parents of King Felipe VI. And to hold Queen Letizia off.

Inside, the princess praised the Cervantes online library, which she and her classmates used for their studies.

She said, “It’s very useful, congratulations.”

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The Cervantes Institute, twice the princess’s age at 30, was also the first place she gave a public speech in 2018.

At this event she read the Caja de las Letras, the copy of the Constitution.

During the visit, Leonor left a copy of Don Quixote, which she read with sister Princess Sofia in April 2020 to take time out during the Spanish coronavirus lockdown.

Before today’s trip, she was last seen in public when she and her parents attended the meeting of the Princess of Girona Foundation (FPdGI) in the Royal Palace of El Pardo in Madrid in December.

The solo engagement heralds the increasing number of royal duties she will perform as she ages.

The next major milestone will be in August when the Princess begins her studies at the prestigious UWC Atlantic College in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.

She will spend the next two years working towards an international high school diploma before deciding what to do next with her life.

But regardless of their choices, royal duties will almost certainly play a role.

So far, the heir to the throne of Spain has always appeared next to her parents and sister Infanta Sofía.

She made her solo debut at the same age as her father Don Felipe, who went on his first trip abroad alone.

On that occasion, he represented Spain on the 450th anniversary of the founding of the city of Cartagena in Colombia in 1983.

Additional reporting from Maria Ortega.

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