King of Spain celebrates birthday by awarding daughter with Order of the Golden Fleece

CROWNING GLORY: Princess Leonor receives the order and (inset) the Royal Family eat at home as Sofia cheekily raises her glass. CROWNING GLORY: Princess Leonor receives the order and (inset) the Royal Family eat at home as Sofia cheekily raises her glass. Casa de S.M. el Rey/Twitter

KING FELIPE VI OF SPAIN has today (Tuesday) turned 50.

And as the monarch reached his half-century, he presented 12-year-old daughter Crown Princess Leonor – who is first in line to the throne – with the Order of the Golden Fleece at The Royal Palace of Madrid.

Among the group of dignitaries watching the ceremony was her younger sister Sofia, 10 and mother Queen Letizia, 45, who stunned in a bright red suit with a deep scarlet blouse..

The Order of the Golden Fleece dates back to 1430, when Duke of Burgundy Philip the Good founded it to commemorate his marriage to Princess Isabella of Portugal.

It has since become one of the most prestigious Roman Catholic knighthoods in Europe, and for Leonor represents a 'symbolic step in her preparation and future.'

The ceremony comes after the King and his family posted a series of candid photos and videos showing them relaxing at home to mark his birthday.

Matt Ford

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