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‘Grounded’ Queen Letizia has ‘instilled a strong sense of duty’ in her royal children


Queen Letizia of Spain married King Felipe VI back in 2004 in the Almudena Cathedral at the Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain. It is said that the couple met two years prior to their marriage. They now have two daughters, Leonor, Princess of Asturias, 15, and Infanta Sofía of Spain, 14.

“She has instilled a strong sense of duty in her children, particularly her oldest daughter, Princess Leonor. 

“The 15-year-old heir to the Spanish throne is already attending solo royal engagements.”

Princess Leonor undertook her first ever solo engagement earlier this year, visiting the Cervantes Institute as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations.

Just one year younger than her sister, Infanta Sofía will no doubt follow in Leonor’s footsteps.

The expert added: “When a member of the press once asked Princess Leonor what she wants to be when she grows up, the Queen quickly responded that the Princess will have to do what she ‘has to do’ not what she ‘wants to do’. 

“The Spanish Queen has made education a strong focus for her daughters, with the future Queen, Princess Leonor currently pursuing an International Baccalaureate program in Wales.”

The couple will also often show their children affection in public, being snapped hugging their daughters on several occasions.

Most recently, Queen Letizia and King Felipe were pictured saying goodbye to Princess Leonor as she headed to Wales.

One expert has also commented on Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge’s parenting techniques.

Dannielle Haig, Principal Psychologist from DH Consulting explained: “The overt affection William and Kate show towards their children is most definitely unusual for the Royal Family.

“But my, how wonderful it is to see. 

“As a psychologist, it is well known that children need to feel affection, love, and safety from their parents to truly thrive and be happy in life.

“To be kept at arm’s length and now shown affection as a child, can have all sorts of negative impacts on a child psychologically and emotionally.”

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