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King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain explore Majorca's mountain range with daughters

11 AUGUST 2014

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain took their two daughters out to explore the local surroundings while on holiday in Majorca.

The royal couple, who returned to the Balearic island for the first time as king and queen since they ascended the throne in June, headed to the beautiful Serra de Tramuntana mountain range – a UNESCO world heritage site.

Taking a guided tour around the Raixa country mansion, which has parts dating back to the 13th century and is set in the foothills of the mountains, Leonor, Princess of Asturias and her younger sister Princess Sofía showed great interest in the visit.

 

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The Spanish royal family soaked up the local sights with a visit to the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range



Eight-year-old Leonor, who will one day be queen of Spain, surprised onlookers when she asked, "Where is Marivent?" referring to the royal family's palace in Majorca as she scanned a map of the island.

The youngsters were taught about the natural landscape of Tramuntana, which was named an area of great physical and cultural significance in 2011, and learnt about the different types of rock formations.

They were also shown a map of the zone affected by a fire that broke out last summer, and after the tour, Felipe and Letizia set an example to their daughters by greeting local volunteers who had helped in the reforestation of the area.

 

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Leonor, Princess of Asturias with her younger sister Sofía and her fashionable mum Letizia



Letizia, 41, opted for khaki trousers and a cream T-shirt with a floral design for the family's active day out, while Felipe, 46, donned jeans and a checked shirt.

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The couple's daughters coordinated in white, with Leonor rocking a patterned T-shirt and shorts and seven-year-old Sofía looking sweet in a sleeveless top and miniskirt.

 

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Princess Sofía and Leonor, Princess of Asturias showed great interest in their visit to the UNESCO site 



As the family are due to leave Majorca in mid-August, their visit to Tramuntana on Monday will probably be one of the last times they will be making official, public appearances while on holiday.

The natural beauty of the mountains clearly made an impact on Felipe, who called the area a "piece of heaven on Earth."

Since Felipe and Letizia became king and queen, they have exposed their daughters to the duties of a public, royal life. As soon as the family touched down in Majorca, they got straight down to business, posing for a first photo call at the Marivent palace.

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