WATCH: Young Princess takes major step in preparation to become Queen of Spain

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PRINCESS LEONOR: The future Queen with her father. CREDIT: Shutterstock

PRINCESS LEONOR, daughter of Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, marked her 13th birthday and the 40th anniversary of the Spanish constitution by making her first public speech.

Standing alongside her father, and watched by her mother and sister Princess Sofia, 11, the young teen read the first of 169 articles of the Carta Magna, which was approved by Spanish Parliament in 1978.

Princess Leonor is next in line for the Spanish throne, and her official public appearance is a major step in her preparation to become Queen.

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In January, she was granted one of the country’s highest ranks of chivalry, the Order of the Golden Fleece, by her father, who was also just 13 when he made his first speech.

During the granting of the honour, King Felipe VI, told his daughter that she had a lot of challenges and responsibilities to face, but had the support of everybody who wants the best for Spain.

He added that the young princess has his ‘complete trust’.

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