PRINCESS Leonor will be the first Princess of Asturias to make her first Holy Communion at school on May 20.
All her predecessors took their first communions at intimate family services at the Royal Palace chapel or a small shrine at Zarzuela Palace, as was the case for her father King Felipe when he was young.
Even her grandfather, former King Juan Carlos, took his First Communion at a private chapel in Lisbon while the family was in exile in 1947.
Times have changed, and this royal family is intent on proving it can keep up with them, meaning nine-year-old Leonor will be the first heir to the Spanish throne to make her first communion at school with her classmates.
The Princess of Asturias will not get the chance to parade in a lacy, white dress, as the children at Santa Maria de los Rosales, the school the princess attends, will be wearing their uniforms, with a tie and jacket with the school’s shield and a white tunic over the top.
The religious ceremony will be held at the small chapel of Asuncion de Nuestra Señora de Aravaca and officiated by priest Gregorio Roldan.
As it is a group ceremony, the royal family will have to follow the school’s rules, which allow just six relatives per pupil to attend. In Princess Leonor’s case, those are expected to be her parents King Felipe and Queen Letizia and her four grandparents.