Princess Leonor of Spain is star of the show at her First Communion

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It was time to shine for Princess Leonor of Spain, who stepped out on Wednesday for her First Holy Communion. The nine-year-old, who is the heir to the Spanish throne, was accompanied by her parents King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, as well as her younger sister Princess Sofía.

Leonor was pictured arriving at the Asunción de Nuestra Señora church in Aravaca – just a few minutes' drive away from Madrid's city centre.

The young princess was dressed smartly in her navy and grey school uniform, but added an all important accessory to her outfit, a rosary that she wore around her neck.

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Princess Leonor of Spain (in uniform) was accompanied by her parents King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia and her sister Princess Sofía

Perhaps inspired by her mother Queen Letizia who is a fan of the girlie braid, Leonor had her blonde hair swept back into two side plaits, to reveal her pretty face.

Growing up with the grace and manners fit for a princess, Leonor politely turned to photographers and gave them a big smile and a wave as she arrived.

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The sisters shared a giggle as they arrived at the church

Her sister Sofía – who is only one year younger than Leonor and is named after her paternal grandmother – was pictured sharing a giggle with her older sibling. The eight-year-old looked sweet in a white dress with a big blue bow, and a headband to match.

The girls' stylish mum Letizia embraced the sunshine in a pale green dress and a white guipure lace coat. In true Letizia style, the queen added a quirky touch to her elegant outfit, completing her look with a pair of transparent peep-toe heels.

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Queen Letizia showed off her style credentials in a guipure lace coat and a green dress

The royal family were accompanied to the religious ceremony by some of Letizia's relatives and Felipe's parents, Juan Carlos I and his Greece-born wife Sofía.

When Juan Carlos I abdicated the throne in favour of his son in June 2014, his granddaughter Leonor became the youngest heir presumptive in Europe. When the princess takes the throne, she will be Spain's first queen regent since Isabella II, who reigned from 1833 to 1868.

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