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Princess Sofia of Spain joins King Felipe and Queen Letizia for National Day celebrations

Princess Sofia of Spain looked perfectly poised as she joined her parents King Felipe and Queen Letizia for National Day celebrations in Madrid today. 

Sofia, 14, wearing a white long-sleeved dress, stood by her father’s side as he led the festivities at the Paseo de la Castellana. 

Her sister Leonor, 15, heir to the Spanish throne, did not attend because she is at boarding school at UWC Atlantic College in Wales.

Queen Letizia, 49, looked typically elegant in a belted sky blue dress with brown suede heels and a co-ordinating leather clutch bag. 

Festivities: Princess Sofia of Spain joined her parents King Felipe and Queen Letizia for National Day celebrations in Madrid

Elegant: Queen Letizia, 49, looked typically chic in a belted sky blue dress with brown suede heels and a leather clutch bag

Elegant: Queen Letizia, 49, looked typically chic in a belted sky blue dress with brown suede heels and a leather clutch bag

Family outing: Felipe and Letizia were joined by their younger daughter Sofia, while Leonor is at boarding school in Wales

Family outing: Felipe and Letizia were joined by their younger daughter Sofia, while Leonor is at boarding school in Wales 

Meet and greet: Letizia (in blue) and Sofia spoke to Labor Minister Yolanda Diaz and First Deputy Prime Minister Nadia Calvino

Meet and greet: Letizia (in blue) and Sofia spoke to Labor Minister Yolanda Diaz and First Deputy Prime Minister Nadia Calvino

Display: Members of the Spanish Royal Guard attend a military parade to mark Spain's National Day

Display: Members of the Spanish Royal Guard attend a military parade to mark Spain’s National Day

Pomp and ceremony: Crowds gathered to watch the military parade as part of the National Day festivities

Pomp and ceremony: Crowds gathered to watch the military parade as part of the National Day festivities

Taking to the air: A T-23 and two F-18 C-15 fighters participate in the military air parade as part of today's celebration

Taking to the air: A T-23 and two F-18 C-15 fighters participate in the military air parade as part of today’s celebration

She wore her brunette locks pulled back into a simple ponytail and added a pair of delicate drop earrings. 

King Felipe, 53, who ascended the throne in 2014, looked dapper in full military uniform as he oversaw a military display.

Crowds waving Spanish flags lined the streets of the capital as they soaked up the pomp and pageantry of National Day. The holiday commemorates Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas in 1492. 

The royal family watched proceedings from a specially built platform decorated with the royal crest. 

In keeping with public health guidelines, Felipe, Letizia and Leonor wore face masks throughout the ceremony. At one point King Felipe saluted members of the Spanish Royal Guard as they marched past. 

By her mother's side: Letizia and Sofia spoke to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at the military parade

By her mother’s side: Letizia and Sofia spoke to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at the military parade

Royal reception: Later King Felipe and Queen Letizia chaired an official reception at the Royal Palace in Madrid

Royal reception: Later King Felipe and Queen Letizia chaired an official reception at the Royal Palace in Madrid

Safety first: In keeping with public health guidelines, Felipe, Letizia and Leonor wore face masks throughout the ceremony

Safety first: In keeping with public health guidelines, Felipe, Letizia and Leonor wore face masks throughout the ceremony

Royal leader: At one point King Felipe saluted members of the Spanish Royal Guard as they marched past

Royal leader: At one point King Felipe saluted members of the Spanish Royal Guard as they marched past

VIPs: Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, left, joined the royal family in their box at the event in Madrid today

VIPs: Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, left, joined the royal family in their box at the event in Madrid today

Historic: King Felipe of Spain led the parade in Madrid, marking Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas

Historic: King Felipe of Spain led the parade in Madrid, marking Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas

Decorated: King Felipe, who ascended the throne in 2014, had his military medals on display at the event in Madrid today

Decorated: King Felipe, who ascended the throne in 2014, had his military medals on display at the event in Madrid today 

There was also social distancing measures in place, with officials standing 2ft apart to watch the procession.  

Leonor enrolled at UWC Atlantic College in September, alongside Princess Alexia of the Netherlands, 16. 

They are both on a £67,000, two-year course to study for their International Baccalaureate diploma. 

The school, situated in a 12th century castle in the Vale of Glamorgan, offers activities and subjects like Tai Chi and Tibetan literature, leading it to be nicknamed ‘Hippie Hogwarts’. 

UWC Atlantic College has a proven track record educating royalty. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands studied there in the Eighties and Belgian heir to the throne Elisabeth graduated last year.   

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain dropped Leonor off at Madrid’s Adolfo Suarez Barajas Airport on August 30, later releasing photos of their farewell. 

Sophisticated: Letizia wore her brunette locks pulled back into a simple ponytail and added a pair of delicate drop earrings

Sophisticated: Letizia wore her brunette locks pulled back into a simple ponytail and added a pair of delicate drop earrings

Keeping their distance: There was also social distancing measures in place, with officials standing apart to watch the parade

Keeping their distance: There was also social distancing measures in place, with officials standing apart to watch the parade

Standing out: King Felipe of Spain inspects members of Spain's Royal Guards during the parade in Madrid

Standing out: King Felipe of Spain inspects members of Spain’s Royal Guards during the parade in Madrid 

Moment to himself: On decorated serviceman let his polished facade slip for a moment as he took part in the procession

Moment to himself: On decorated serviceman let his polished facade slip for a moment as he took part in the procession

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