Firm voice

With her father looking on, 13-year-old princess makes first major speech

King Felipe VI of Spain and Princess Leonor of Spain attend the reading of the Spanish Constitution for the 40th anniversary of its approval by the Congress at the Cervantes Institute on October 31, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Princess Leonor, Spain’s 13-year-old heir apparent to the throne, gave her first public address on Wednesday at an event marking the 40th anniversary of Spain’s Constitution at the Cervantes Institute in Madrid. The princess reportedly read aloud the first article of Spain’s Magna Carta of 1978 for the event, which pertains to the establishment of the country’s parliamentary monarchy. Her father, King Felipe VI, also spoke at the event and stood next to his daughter as she performed the public reading. Video of the event appeared to show the king beaming with pride at his daughter, whom The Associated Press reported spoke with a “firm voice.” King Felipe had also performed his first public reading at age 13.

In January, Princess Leonor was awarded the Order of the Golden Fleece, an honor that dates back to 1430 and is reserved for Roman Catholics of the highest nobility. The move was reportedly a “symbolic step” on her path to eventual assumption of the Spanish crown. Wednesday’s speech, whilst less steeped in ceremony, marked a similar coming of age moment for the young princess — and a proud moment for her doting father.

Watch video of the Princess’ speech below.

Read the full story at The Cut.

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