The unexpected kiss. This rare display of public affection between Juan Carlos I and his consort, Sofia, sparked huge speculation
King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain in Santiago de Compostela in the aftermath of a train crash that left 79 people dead
On October 12th 2013, the Prince of Asturias took the salute at Spain's National Day parade for the first time. King Juan Carlos was still recovering from an operation on his hip and his son and heir led the royal family on this important day. Queen Sofia did not attend the military parade, leaving Felipe and Letizia alone on the royal dias but the consort did lead the reception for dignitaries afterwards with the prince, princess and the Infanta Elena lending a hand with the handshaking. The image of a king in waiting acting for the king in this hugely significant event is one of the photos of the year for Spain's royals.
The Prince and Princess of Asturias on the royal dias during Spain's National Day
on October 12th 2013
The prince had experienced bitter disappointment earlier in the year when he saw his dreams of bringing the Olympic Games to Madrid in 2020 come to nothing. Prince Felipe had taken a leading role in the bid process and his energy and enthusiasm was credited by many for making the Spanish capital the favourite of the three cities bidding for the honour. The prince's final speech to the International Olympic Committee was well received but was not enough to stop Madrid being eliminated first from the vote. But the image of the prince, with his hand on his heart, trying to convince the IOC to bring the games to Spain enhanced his reputation.
Prince Felipe during his speech to the IOC in the last bidding round for the 2020 Olympics. Madrid lost out to Tokyo
There was a brief moment of sunshine for the Spanish royals in the middle of another difficult year. Queen Sofia gathered all her grandchildren around her for a short while during the annual holiday in Mallorca and posed with them for a generational shot that is becoming rarer and rarer for the Spansih royals. The queen's devotion to her family had been shown earlier when she'd been photographed out and about with a handbag bearing photos of all eight of her grandchildren.
Queen Sofia of Spain with her daughter, the Infanta Elena, and her daughter-in-law, the Princess of Asturias, as well as all eight of her grandchildren during the family's annual holiday in Mallorca in August 2013