Spanish royals release annual Christmas card with beaming Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofía

Step aside, Dad! King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain put their beaming daughters Princess Leonor, 15, and Infanta Sofía, 13, centre stage on their annual Christmas card

  • The Spanish royal family have released their official Christmas card for 2020
  • Snap of Princess Leonor, 15, and Infanta Sofía, 13, taken during October outing
  • Believed to have been photographed in the parish of Somao in Asturias 
  • For past five years, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia have used family portrait  

The Spanish royal family’s official Christmas card has been shared online to mark the annual Christian celebration.

For the first time in five years, King Felipe, 52, and Queen Letizia, 48, have opted not to appear alongside their daughters in the festive handout.

Princess Leonor, 15, and Infanta Sofía, 13, beam in the snap taken in the parish of Somao, in Northern Spain during a family trip there in November.  

Feliz navidad! Princess Leonor, 15, pictured right, and Infanta Sofía, 13, don casual attire for the photo the Spanish royal family has chosen for their annual Christmas card

Feliz navidad! Princess Leonor, 15, pictured right, and Infanta Sofía, 13, don casual attire for the photo the Spanish royal family has chosen for their annual Christmas card

Growing up: Teenagers Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofía last appeared on the family's annual Christmas card without their parents in 2015 (Pictured from left in February: Princess Leonor, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, Infanta Sofia)

Growing up: Teenagers Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofía last appeared on the family’s annual Christmas card without their parents in 2015 (Pictured from left in February: Princess Leonor, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, Infanta Sofia)

The royal family member's each signed their titles in the card, underneath a message offering hope for the future

The royal family member’s each signed their titles in the card, underneath a message offering hope for the future 

The card features a timely message penned in Spanish and English, which reads: ‘May this Christmas bring us a specially hopeful New Year 2021’.

Each member of the royal family signed their titles underneath the message to give the card a personal touch.

In the photo, identical-looking sisters Leonor and Sofía are both dressed casually, with their hair swept back in high ponytails and with an absence of face masks.

Leonor, 15, showcases her seasonal style in a high-neck cream jumper paired with a black body warmer, meanwhile Sofia dons a check coat and beige knitwear.   

The photograph chosen for the Christmas card was likely to have been taken during the family's visit to Somao in Northern Spain in October (pictured)

The photograph chosen for the Christmas card was likely to have been taken during the family’s visit to Somao in Northern Spain in October (pictured)

The sweet snap is believed to have been taken during the Spanish royal family’s visit to Somao in October.

The area was honoured as the 2020 Best Asturian Village, the day after the ‘Princesa de Asturias’ Awards.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia have previously alternated family portraits and photographs of just their two daughters for their annual Christmas cards, however this year is the first time since 2015 that Leonor and Sofía have appeared alone. 

The foursome were last photographed together at the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Princess of Girona Foundation.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia (pictured) have been busy throughout the year and recently attended the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Princess of Girona Foundation with their daughters, all wearing masks

King Felipe and Queen Letizia (pictured) have been busy throughout the year and recently attended the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Princess of Girona Foundation with their daughters, all wearing masks

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía also released their annual Christmas card, choosing a handout with a painting by Juan Correa de Vivar from the Museum of Prado instead of a photograph.  

It is expected more royals will begin distributing their festive cards within the next few days.

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A royal fan shared a picture of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children on Saturday, believed to be taken at their Amner Hall residence in Norfolk, online, with a sweet message addressed to the NHS inside.

The sweet family snap, which shows the group sitting on haystacks in front of firewood, was shared by fan page Royalty 101, and has not been officially released by Kensington Palace. 

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