MADRID – Princess Leonor, heir to Spain’s throne, uttered on Wednesday her first official words during a state event at Madrid’s Cervantes Institute on the day of her 13th birthday in which she read out part of the Spanish constitution.
As part of the commemorative acts celebrating the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the 1978 Constitution, Princess Leonor, daughter of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, and first in line to the throne, addressed the personalities and authorities from the executive, legislative and judicial powers assembled at the institute.
Under the proud and approving gaze of her parents and in the presence of her younger sister, Princess Sofia, Leonor said: “Spain is hereby established as a social and democratic State, subject to the rule of law, which advocates as the highest values of its legal order, liberty, justice, equality, and political pluralism.”
“National sovereignty is vested in the Spanish people, from whom emanate the powers of the State,” she continued, finishing her address with Section 3 of Article 1: “The political form of the Spanish State is that of a parliamentary monarchy.”
The event was inaugurated by the king, who read the Constitution’s preamble, saying Spain would “guarantee democratic co-existence under the Constitution and the law, in accordance with a fair social and economic order.”
Leonor’s address was followed by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s reading of Article 2: “The Constitution is based on the indissoluble unity of the Spanish nation, the common and indivisible country of all Spaniards; it recognizes and guarantees the right to autonomy of the nationalities and regions of which it is composed, and the solidarity among them all.”