Princess Leonor of Spain, 13, joins by Queen Letizia and King Felipe at awards evening

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain watched on with smiles as their daughter Princess Leonor of Spain handed out awards at an event with her family this evening.

The teenage princess, 13, was also joined by her younger sister Sofia, 12, at her namesake awards, the Princess of Asturias Awards, in Oviedo, Northern Spain. 

Sharing its name with Leonor, who is heir to the Spanish throne and holds the title of Princess of Asturias, the annual awards are presented to individuals or organisations who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs.

Leonor beamed as she stood side-by-side with Queen Letizia, 46, and King Felipe, 51, this evening, and looked delighted as she handed out awards to winners. 

Leonor beamed as she stood side-by-side with Queen Letizia, 46, and King Felipe, 51, (pictured hugging their daughter) this evening, and looked delighted as she handed out awards to winners

Leonor beamed as she stood side-by-side with Queen Letizia, 46, and King Felipe, 51, (pictured hugging their daughter) this evening, and looked delighted as she handed out awards to winners

Leonor beamed as she stood side-by-side with Queen Letizia, 46, and King Felipe, 51, (pictured hugging their daughter) this evening, and looked delighted as she handed out awards to winners

Once at the event, a beaming Princess Leonor, 13,  handed out awards to winners, while her proud father King Felipe, 51, watched on

Once at the event, a beaming Princess Leonor, 13,  handed out awards to winners, while her proud father King Felipe, 51, watched on

Once at the event, a beaming Princess Leonor, 13,  handed out awards to winners, while her proud father King Felipe, 51, watched on 

The annual awards are presented to individuals or organisations who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs (Princess Leonor smiles as her father holds her hand during the awards)

The annual awards are presented to individuals or organisations who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs (Princess Leonor smiles as her father holds her hand during the awards)

The annual awards are presented to individuals or organisations who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs (Princess Leonor smiles as her father holds her hand during the awards) 

The Spanish royal family walked into the packed theatre together ahead of the awards evening in Oviedo

The Spanish royal family walked into the packed theatre together ahead of the awards evening in Oviedo

The Spanish royal family walked into the packed theatre together ahead of the awards evening in Oviedo

Queen Letizia, 46, wowed in a deep red dress at the Campoamor Theatre ahead of the 'Princesa de Asturias' Awards Ceremony this evening

Queen Letizia, 46, wowed in a deep red dress at the Campoamor Theatre ahead of the 'Princesa de Asturias' Awards Ceremony this evening

Queen Letizia, 46, wowed in a deep red dress at the Campoamor Theatre ahead of the ‘Princesa de Asturias’ Awards Ceremony this evening 

Princess Leonor (pictured) delivering her first speech as heiress to the crown during the 39th Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, Asturias, northern Spain, today

Princess Leonor (pictured) delivering her first speech as heiress to the crown during the 39th Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, Asturias, northern Spain, today

And her father, then Spain's Crown Prince Felipe de Borbon (pictured), during his first speech as heir to the crown on the occasion of the Prince of Asturias Award ceremony on October 31, 1981

And her father, then Spain's Crown Prince Felipe de Borbon (pictured), during his first speech as heir to the crown on the occasion of the Prince of Asturias Award ceremony on October 31, 1981

Princess Leonor (left) delivering her first speech as heiress to the crown during the 39th Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, Asturias, northern Spain, today. And her father, then Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe de Borbon (right), during his first speech as heir to the crown on the occasion of the Prince of Asturias Award ceremony on October 31, 1981

Queen Letizia, 46, wowed in an elegant deep red gown, which featured sequined bodice detailing, for the evening occasion.  

The royal was seen carrying a silver clutch bag, and swept her short brown hair back into a bun to reveal silver dangling earrings.

She walked into the event hand-in-hand with husband King Felipe, 51, who looked overjoyed to be attending the occasion.

Once inside, the proud parents were seen walking through the theatre with their children. 

Leonor of Spain smiles after giving her first official speech during the 2019 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony at the Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo, northern Spain

Leonor of Spain smiles after giving her first official speech during the 2019 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony at the Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo, northern Spain

Leonor of Spain smiles after giving her first official speech during the 2019 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony at the Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo, northern Spain

Princess Leonor (left) is greeted by her parents, King Felipe VI (centre) and Queen Letizia (right), after delivering her first speech as heiress to the crown

Princess Leonor (left) is greeted by her parents, King Felipe VI (centre) and Queen Letizia (right), after delivering her first speech as heiress to the crown

Princess Leonor (left) is greeted by her parents, King Felipe VI (centre) and Queen Letizia (right), after delivering her first speech as heiress to the crown

Queen Letizia donned a stunning red gown for the occasion, and swept her hair back to reveal dropped silver earrings

Queen Letizia donned a stunning red gown for the occasion, and swept her hair back to reveal dropped silver earrings

Queen Letizia donned a stunning red gown for the occasion, and swept her hair back to reveal dropped silver earrings 

The royal walked into the awards ceremony hand in hand with King Felipe, before their children joined them to hand out awards

The royal walked into the awards ceremony hand in hand with King Felipe, before their children joined them to hand out awards

The royal walked into the awards ceremony hand in hand with King Felipe, before their children joined them to hand out awards 

Princess Leonor, 13, was joined by her sister Sofia, 12, at the event, with the girls seen standing side-by-side with their parents before handing out the awards

Princess Leonor, 13, was joined by her sister Sofia, 12, at the event, with the girls seen standing side-by-side with their parents before handing out the awards

Princess Leonor, 13, was joined by her sister Sofia, 12, at the event, with the girls seen standing side-by-side with their parents before handing out the awards

Queen Letizia looked stunning in a deep red gown at the awards ceremony, and finished her look with dropped silver earrings

Queen Letizia looked stunning in a deep red gown at the awards ceremony, and finished her look with dropped silver earrings

Queen Letizia looked stunning in a deep red gown at the awards ceremony, and finished her look with dropped silver earrings 

Leonor, who will one day be Queen of Spain, and her younger sister, are largely protected from the limelight by their parents and make just a handful of appearances throughout the year. 

They are usually photographed ahead of the family’s annual summer break, and occasions such as Easter Sunday.  

However, Leonor got a taste of her future royal life when she delivered her first public address in October 2018.

She joined her father at an event marking the 40th anniversary of the constitution in Madrid, and confidently read the first of the 169 articles of Spain’s Magna Carta.

It was a rare public appearance for Princess Leonor (left) and Princess Sofia (right), who are usually only photographed on occasions like Easter Sunday

It was a rare public appearance for Princess Leonor (left) and Princess Sofia (right), who are usually only photographed on occasions like Easter Sunday

It was a rare public appearance for Princess Leonor (left) and Princess Sofia (right), who are usually only photographed on occasions like Easter Sunday 

At one stage King Felipe was seen sharing a word with Queen Letizia ahead of the awards evening

At one stage King Felipe was seen sharing a word with Queen Letizia ahead of the awards evening

At one stage King Felipe was seen sharing a word with Queen Letizia ahead of the awards evening 

The teenage Princess Leonor beamed as she took on the responsibility of handing out awards to winners of The Princess of Asturias Awards

The teenage Princess Leonor beamed as she took on the responsibility of handing out awards to winners of The Princess of Asturias Awards

The teenage Princess Leonor beamed as she took on the responsibility of handing out awards to winners of The Princess of Asturias Awards

The Princess of Asturias Awards was established in 1980 by Felipe, who was then heir to the throne, before he ascended the throne in 2014.

The event was established to consolidate links between the autonomous community Principality of Asturias and the King, as well as to encourage scientific, cultural and humanistic development.

Each year the recipients of the awards receive a sculpture created by Spanish prestigious sculptor Joan Miró.

And it wasn’t the first time the family made a public appearance today, having attended a reception with the winners of the Princess of Asturias Awards in Oviedo, Northern Spain. 

Princesses Leonor of Spain, 13, was a vision in a smart blue dress as she was joined by her younger sister Sofia, 12, at the Princess of Asturias Awards in Oviedo, Northern Spain

Princesses Leonor of Spain, 13, was a vision in a smart blue dress as she was joined by her younger sister Sofia, 12, at the Princess of Asturias Awards in Oviedo, Northern Spain

Princesses Leonor of Spain, 13, was a vision in a smart blue dress as she was joined by her younger sister Sofia, 12, at the Princess of Asturias Awards in Oviedo, Northern Spain

Princesses Leonor and Sofia of Spain made scene-stealing appearances alongside their father King Felipe and their glamorous mother Queen Letizia (pictured) today

Princesses Leonor and Sofia of Spain made scene-stealing appearances alongside their father King Felipe and their glamorous mother Queen Letizia (pictured) today

Queen Letizia looked elegant in a grey dress with bold floral embellishment and a pussy bow detail  at the neck  

The royal sisters, aged 13 and 12 respectively, joined their parents at a reception with the winners of the Princess of Asturias Awards in Oviedo, Northern Spain

The royal sisters, aged 13 and 12 respectively, joined their parents at a reception with the winners of the Princess of Asturias Awards in Oviedo, Northern Spain

The royal sisters, aged 13 and 12 respectively, joined their parents at a reception with the winners of the Princess of Asturias Awards in Oviedo, Northern Spain

Crown Princess Leonor (pictured left) wore an elegant pink knee-grazing dress, teamed with matching ballet shoes

Crown Princess Leonor (pictured left) wore an elegant pink knee-grazing dress, teamed with matching ballet shoes

Crown Princess Leonor (pictured left) wore an elegant pink knee-grazing dress, teamed with matching ballet shoes

Her younger sister Sofia (pictured centre) was the picture of poise, despite her tender years, in a blue long-sleeved dress with a bow detail

Her younger sister Sofia (pictured centre) was the picture of poise, despite her tender years, in a blue long-sleeved dress with a bow detail

Her younger sister Sofia (pictured centre) was the picture of poise, despite her tender years, in a blue long-sleeved dress with a bow detail

King Felipe, Queen Letizia and their daughters greet the guests during a reception held for the Princess of Asturias Awards

King Felipe, Queen Letizia and their daughters greet the guests during a reception held for the Princess of Asturias Awards

King Felipe, Queen Letizia and their daughters greet the guests during a reception held for the Princess of Asturias Awards

Waving to the guests upon her arrival, Crown Princess Leonor wore an elegant pink knee-grazing dress, teamed with matching ballet shoes.

Her younger sister was the picture of poise, despite her tender years, in a blue long-sleeved dress with a bow detail. 

Proud mother Letizia looked effortlessly elegant in a sophisticated, baby blue dress with vibrant floral detailing running along her side. 

The former journalist, who was born in Oviedo, was the queen of fashion once again, as she teamed her knee-length frock with black high heels. 

She completed her look with dazzling drop earrings, while wearing her brunette hair in a sleek up-do and opting for light blusher and lipstick for her outing. 

King Felipe looked smart in a black suit and purple tie as he guided his family to the reception.  

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