Crown Princess Leonor makes her first communion

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Princess Leonor, daughter of King Felipe and heir to the Spanish throne, has celebrated her first communion. Not at a grand affair in the royal palace however, but in a low-key ceremony that broke with centuries-old tradition.
Royal first communions have long been a major social event for the Spanish nobility. The event has always been held in the royal palace, and with nobody else receiving the sacrament at the same occasion.
However, it would appear that in another gesture towards modernising the image of the royals, King Felipe VI is moving forward in his quest. Since he came to the throne last year, he has sought to open up the monarchy and bring it closer to Spaniards.
Leonor, aged nine, took communion on Wednesday (May 20) at a suburban Madrid church wearing her school uniform and accompanied by two-dozen classmates. Along with the King and Queen Letizia, also present were the happy grandparents, former monarchs Juan Carlos and Sofia.


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