Spain's royal sisters Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia wish you a merry Christmas

Ainhoa Barcelona

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain have sent out their Christmas cards – and their beautiful daughters Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia take centre stage. A copy of the card was released by the royal family on Monday and show the two sisters, aged ten and eight, in a sweet embrace.

Leonor, who is first-in-line to the throne, wraps an affectionate arm around her little sister Sofia, who is just 17 months younger.

Taking inspiration from their stylish mum Letizia, who is partial to a plaited up-do, the blonde sisters wear their hair in matching side plaits and mirror each other's beaming smiles.

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Princess Leonor, ten, and Princess Sofia, eight, star on the front of the royals' Christmas card

Inside the card the two sisters have proudly signed their names and titles – Leonor, Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofia of Spain – under their parents' signatures.

The message of the card, written in Spanish, reads: "Every day we have reason to find hope and peace in our hearts. We hope that the goodwill of Christmas will always light our way."

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"Every day we have reason to find hope and peace in our hearts," the message reads

Instead of a traditional family photo, King Felipe and Queen Letizia have chosen to feature their daughters on the front of their card, perhaps to reflect the change that one day Leonor will be queen.

Last year the royals chose two photos on their card – both taken in June 2014 when Felipe and Letizia became king and queen after the abdication of Felipe's father King Juan Carlos.

The first picture showed the family of four on the day of Felipe's coronation, while a second image showed the newly instated king and queen waving to adoring crowds from the palace balcony in Madrid.

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Grandparents King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia also released a Christmas card

This year Felipe's parents King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, who still retain their titles, chose to feature a painting on their Christmas card.

The artwork by Italian maestro Bernardino Luini is entitled The Birth of Jesus and can be found at The Royal Monastery of the Incarnation, a convent in Madrid.

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