Mallorca is playing host to the King of Spain and his family. King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and their daughters Leonor and Sofia posed together for photographs of their first family summer holiday together on the steps of the Marivent Palace.
The King commented on how happy he was to be able to spend some quality time “in this piece of heaven on earth.”
The royals put aside the usual formal protocols and seemed happy to oblige photographers and reporters.
They appeared informal and relaxed and took time to speak to some of the press, shaking some hands along the way.
The scene on the steps of the Marivent Palace was remarkably reminiscent of previous photographs taken on exactly the same spot, of former King Don Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.
However, the new royals’ manner was tangibly softer and more approachable than their predecessors, reinforcing their popularity even more.
Instead of the usual highly formal farewell evening dinner, the couple chose to meet with a group of 250 people from various areas of Balearic society in order to become more familiar with the island and its people.