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Princess Leonor, 17, visits military school with King Felipe and Queen Letizia

Princess Leonor graduated from UWC Atlantic College in May

Leonor and Letizia at military academy© Getty
Danielle Stacey
Online Royal CorrespondentLondon
July 7, 2023
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Princess Leonor had an early introduction to the military school she will join next month, after completing her higher education.  

The princess, 17, accompanied her parents, King Felipe, 55, and Queen Letizia, 50, as the Spanish royals presided over the act of the delivery of employment dispatches and appointments to the new officers of the Army at the General Military Academy in Zaragoza on Friday.

Leonor looked elegant in a white and black polka dot top and skirt co-ord by Spanish label, Barey, for the outing, while Letizia opted for a white waistcoat and skirt ensemble by Felipe Varela.

The princess, who turns 18 in October, will begin three years of training at the General Military Academy in August, the Spanish royal court confirmed earlier this year.

Leonor graduated from UWC Atlantic College in May after completing a two-year International Baccalaureate programme.

Princess Leonor wearing polka dots© Getty
Princess Leonor looked lovely in a polka dot outfit
Spanish royals at General Military Academy© Getty
Leonor will enrol at the military academy in August
Crown Princess Leonor of Spain, King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain attend the delivery of Royal offices of employment at the General Military Academ© Getty
The Spanish royals watched the ceremony

Speaking at an awards ceremony in Girona, Catalonia, earlier this year, the future Spanish queen said: "I have just finished high school and I am about to start a new stage with a period of military training. I am happy because I know how much the Spanish value our armed forces . . . it is an important moment in my life and I feel very excited and determined to continue learning and giving my best effort."

Princess Leonor gives a speech© Getty
Princess Leonor spoke about her future plans in a speech

Meanwhile, King Felipe and Queen Letizia's youngest daughter, Infanta Sofia, 16, will follow in her big sister's footsteps to study at UWC and move to the UK this summer.

UWC is set within the stunning 12th century St Donat's Castle on the southern Welsh coast, that has often been likened to the fictional Harry Potter school, Hogwarts.

Princess Leonor enrolled at UWC Atlantic College in 2021© Getty
Princess Leonor enrolled at UWC Atlantic College in 2021 and graduated in May

Campus facilities include a library, woodland, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, and classrooms within historic buildings.

It's popular with many of the European royals and alumni include King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands, and his middle daughter, Princess Alexia, as well as Princess Elisabeth of Belgium.

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