Princess Leonor promised this Tuesday “an unconditional surrender” as heir to the throne in Spain after the oath that legitimizes her as the future queen, in a solemn day full of symbolism on the day she turned 18, the age of majority in the country.
“Trust me,” she stated with her hand on her heart in her first words at the Royal Palace in Madrid after swearing in the Spanish Constitution on this historic day in which dynastic continuity was reaffirmed, as the future successor of her father, the king. Felipe VI, and the parliamentary monarchy in Spain.
After receiving from the king the Collar of the Order of Charles III, the highest civil distinction in Spain, Leonor de Borbón promised to exercise with “total dedication” her role as heir to the Crown on her journey to becoming the third non-regent queen in Spain. the history of Spain, after Juana I and Isabel II, and the first in democracy.
The oath legitimizes her to replace her father, 55, as head of state in the event of death, abdication or incapacity, without the need for a regency.
He also swore fidelity to the king, “not only to his person, but also to what the Crown symbolizes and represents: the unity and permanence of Spain,” he stressed.
Felipe VI took the floor on this day “full of meaning for Spain” to highlight precisely that his daughter’s oath “embodies the continuity of our parliamentary monarchy.”
“Long live and success to the princess,” exclaimed the head of state in the toast in honor of his daughter from the imperial table in the Gala Dining Room of the Royal Palace before about 150 guests.
The king’s intervention was accompanied by “happy birthday” played on violin by musicians from the Royal Guard who enlivened the meal, served with cutlery from Alfonso black.
Before those words, the princess had sworn that loyalty in a solemn ceremony in the Cortes Generales, the Spanish Parliament, accompanied by her parents, Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, and her sister, Infanta Sofía, 16 years old.
The royal family arrived at the event after a tour of the historic center of the capital of Spain in two vintage Rolls-Royces with glass roofs, escorted by the Royal Guard on horseback, on a decorated journey and with an audience that dedicated constant cheers to them. and even sang happy birthday to the princess.
The heiress chose a white suit, a jacket and pants, for this day in which there were military parades, cannon salutes in her honor and greetings to the numerous authorities and representatives of civil society.
When shaking hands with the military leadership, Leonor de Borbón, in her capacity as a cadet in a military academy where she is trained, accompanied the greeting with a “to your order.”
The princess received a long standing ovation with the chamber standing, in front of her family and the country’s main authorities.
Meanwhile, a crowd followed the ceremony from the central Puerta del Sol on giant screens, among Spanish flags to show their support for the monarchy, where cakes with the red and yellow of the national flag were distributed.
Thousands of others waited in vain outside the Royal Palace for the royal family to come out on a balcony to greet them, among them many tourists, like Christine and Peter Jones, two Britons who appreciated “very little shouting and enthusiasm” compared to celebrations in London of the royal family of his country.
Leonor received a series of gifts, from the issuance of a commemorative coin and stamp to an aperitif for the occasion served in centenary bars in Madrid, adorned with a Spanish flag.
In addition to the ringing of bells in the region of Asturias, since among her titles is that of princess of Asturias, and also in the Royal National Heritage Sites in different parts of Spain.
The great absentees were Leonor’s grandparents, the emeritus kings Juan Carlos I, in their case when the King’s House was considered inadequate after his departure from Spain in 2020 surrounded by controversy, and Sofía, who is expected to participate in a family celebration later.
Nor did representatives of Catalan, Basque and Galician nationalist and independence groups attend or those of the left-wing Sumar coalition, including several acting ministers of the Executive, opposed to the monarchy.